ATHOLL INNES @ Milntown
CITY clubs again showed their power and quality as Watsonians retained the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Langholm Sevens title at Milntown to strengthen their claim for the Ned Haig Kings of the Sevens title.
The Myreside men, who had earlier defeated Border Park and Langholm, were tested in a gruelling semi-final against Boroughmuir before Ewan Fox clinched the tie with a try in extra time.
In the final against Kelso, Keith Young was brought into the Watsonians side for Chris Fox. Two tries from Lewis Berg and one by Rory Steele, all converted by Ali Harris, gave Watsonians a 21-0 interval lead.
It was one-way traffic after the break as Chris Bell touched down. Frankie Robson scored consolation score for Kelso before Fox scored at the other end.
Kings leaders Edinburgh Accies were surprisingly beaten by Hawick in the opening tie; a young Melrose squad struggled in two ties before losing to surprise package Kelso; while the withdrawal of Murrayfield Wanderers and Hawick Harlequins gave Jed-Forest and Kelso byes into round two as the host club was unable to find replacements.
The sevens circuit continues next week with tournaments at Kelso and Earlston, but with sides constantly withdrawing from events, clubs might need to follow the lead of Peebles and Hawick in moving to pre-season.
First round: Edinburgh Accies 5, Hawick 17; Jed-Forest bye, Murrayfield Wanderers pulled out; Melrose 27, Peebles 0; Kelso bye, Hawick Harlequins pulled out; Watsonians 24, Border Park 0; Powerbombs 19, Langholm 21;Boroughmuir 35, Selkirk 10; Earlston 0, Gala 32.
Second round: Hawick 12, Jed-Forest 31; Melrose 12, Kelso 19; Watsonians 52, Langholm 0; Boroughmuir 40, Gala 10
Semi-finals: Jed-Forest 21, Kelso 26; Watsonians 29, Boroughmuir 24 (after extra time).
Final: Kelso 7 Watsonians 31
Ned Haig Kings of the Sevens table (after six rounds) –
Edin Accies 30
Heriot’s and Kelso 12
Berwick, Gala and Selkirk 6