Strathallan win inaugural Jordan Edmunds Boroughmuir Youth Sevens tournament

Perthshire school defeat Peebles Colts in final at Meggetland

Jordan Edmunds presents his eponymous trophy to the Strathallan team which won the Boroughmuir Under-18s Sevens at Meggetland on Saturday. Image courtesy: Boroughmuir RFC
Jordan Edmunds presents his eponymous trophy to the Strathallan team which won the Boroughmuir Under-18s Sevens at Meggetland on Saturday. Image courtesy: Boroughmuir RFC

STRATHALLAN built on their impressive performances at the Rosslyn Park National Schools tournament two months ago in both under-18 and under-16 categories by taking the inaugural Jordan Edmunds Boroughmuir U18 Sevens title at Meggetland on Saturday, after defeating Peebles Colts in a quality final. 

The Perthshire side, relying to a large extent on the successes of their under-16s at Rosslyn Park,, finished top of their group after wins over Boroughmuir Blues, North Edinburgh Vikings and West of Scotland, to book their place in the final against Peebles Colts, the recent winners of the Borders Semi Junior League Kings of the Sevens.

“We took a young side with only two leavers in the squad to provide some experience of playing 7s,” explained Andy Henderson, the Strathallan Rugby Academy Manager, who knew that his side faced formidable opposition in Peebles Colts.


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“Peebles looked a classy outfit having shown a real ability to play sevens,  controlling the ball and frustrating their opponents, but Strathallan saved their best performance for the final,” suggested former Caledonia flanker, Henderson, who highlighted the contribution of Logan Williams.

“Logan was the point of difference in the final, but he was  supported by a team of players who battled to control possession and then demonstrated some outstanding skill and speed to get to the line,” observed Henderson.

Strathallan also showed match-winning determination in defence as evidenced by a try-saving moment from Adam Williamson. “Adam’s long chase to deny Peebles a score in the corner was one of the moments that showed how determined the players were to take the title. Thereafter, we pulled away with further scores from Williams, Oscar Baverstock and Seb Goodman.

For their part, Peebles Colts came through Pool A with a narrow wins over Howe of Fife and Boroughmuir Greens, and a less tense victory over Currie to top their group.

Peebles coach Njord Maciver highlighted his team’s effort against the host club in the pool stage, saying: “At half time Boroughmuir were winning 17-0 and it looked like the home team would be cruising through to the final. However, not for the first time in this sevens season, Peebles came roaring back and scored 19 unanswered points in the second half to win 19-17”.

“The final against Strathallan started well with a try for Peebles in the first two minutes, but Strathallan proved to be too strong and won comfortably in the end.

“After a long and tiring sevens campaign [in the Borders Semi Junior Kings of the Sevens] this was a tremendous effort from the Peebles squad and a great way to finish the season. Reaching the final at Boroughmuir meant that Peebles Colts have achieved this feat in seven out of the eight competitions they have played in, winning five. An incredible achievement for this special group of players,” suggested Maciver.

As to the event itself, named in recognition of sevens international and Meggetland favourite Jordan Edmunds,  Boroughmuir’s head of u18 rugby, Richie Lockhart commented: “The tournament was superb. All teams acquitted themselves well. Some great sevens and individual moments of brilliance throughout the day. A huge crowd enjoyed the music, burgers and beers. A perfect template for future seasons.”

Results 

Pool A: Boroughmuir Greens 20 Currie 12, Howe of Fife 19 Peebles 21, Boroughmuir Greens 26 Howe of Fife 17, Currie 19  Peebles 34, Boroughmuir Greens 17 Peebles 19, Currie 7 Howe of Fife 43.

Pool A placings:

  1. Peebles
  2. Boroughmuir Greens
  3. Howe of Fife
  4. Currie.

Pool B: Boroughmuir Blues 0 Strathallan 33, West of Scotland 12 NE Vikings 43, Boroughmuir Blues 26 West of Scotland 22,  Strathallan 35 NE Vikings 14, Boroughmuir Blues 19 NE Vikings 35, Strathallan 24 West of Scotland 0.

Pool B placings: 

  1. Strathallan
  2. NE Vikings
  3. Boroughmuir Blues
  4. West of Scotland

Play-offs:

7th/8th place: Currie 12 West of Scotland 33,

5th/6th place: Howe of Fife 45 Boroughmuir Blues 19

3rd/4th place: Boroughmuir Greens 14 NE Vikings 28

1st/2nd place: Strathallan 33 Peebles 5

Final Placings: 1. Strathallan 2. Peebles, 3. NE Vikings, 4. Boroughmuir Greens 5. Howe of Fife, 6. Boroughmuir Blues, 7. West of Scotland, 8. Currie.


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3 Comments

  1. This years Strathallan U18 7s side is one of the best schoolboy XII I have ever seen/reffed.

    Very skilful but also disciplined, respectful and led by great coaching team; who set high standards on AND off the pitch.

  2. Youth 7s have been going in the borders and Northumberland for the last 6/7 weeks with no write up.Why resurface only for the city tournament?

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