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MONDAY 30 APRIL
 

EXCITING NEW MINI LEAGUE IS A HUGE BOOST TO THE BORDERS

As we revealed a few weeks ago, Berwick and Langholm are not taking part in the Border League next season despite remaining members of the League. There was no appetite for either club to be on the receiving end of beatings by the top clubs in the area - something which did nobody any good at all.
Hawick YM replace Haddington in the eight-team competition and now a second tier Border League (in all but name) is being set up with the seven Borders clubs ranked below Hawick YM all competing in the RBS Border Shield next season with three home and away games each. Berwick and Langholm will be joined by Duns, Earlston, Hawick Quins, Hawick Linden and Gala YM.  The Border League are stating that it is not a Border League Division 2 as there is no promotion and relegation, but are not ruling out the possibility of this becoming a reality in the future.  The door is open for Berwick and Langholm to rejoin the Border League competition if they return to the Top 40 in Scotland in the future. Unlike the Border League the Shield will see all clubs play each other, so the winner of the Shield will truly be worthy of representing the Borders in the National Shield Semi Final. This is an exciting step forward.

 

MONDAY 30 APRIL
 

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EARLSTON WIN SCOTTISH BORDERS DISTRICT UNION SEVENS 

Earlston have won the annual Sevens tournament featuring Premiership 2nd VIIs and local junior teams which took place on Saturday at Riverside Park, Jedburgh.

In a thrilling final which went to extra time the Earlston club beat rivals Duns. The two teams were tied at 19-19 at the final whistle and the sudden death lasted four minutes before Earlston snatched the deciding try
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The competition employed a pool system with Earlston topping Pool A with wins over Selkirk A (26-5), Jed A (20-10) and Melrose Storm (22-19) while in Pool B Duns defeated Gala A 26-10 and Kelso A by 28-12 as well as Peebles A (36-5).

The Plate Final was won by Melrose Storm, who beat Kelso A 28-26 in another thrilling finale.

 


MONDAY 30 APRIL
 

SCOTLAND'S LOSS IS JED'S GAIN AS YOUNG BROTHERS MISS OUT

When Scotland's 7s coach, Graham Shiel, named Gregor and Lewis Young in his initial squad of 18 players for the IRB World Sevens final two legs in Glasgow and London, there was hope the two Borders stars would make the cut when Shiel whittled the squad down to just 12 today, but it wasn't to be for the Jedforest flyers and while Scotland will go into the campaign without them Jed will be delighted to be able to select the twins in the remaining four tournaments in the Kings of the 7s series in the Borders. 

With Jedforest currently leading by 14 points on 44 (to Melrose's 30, Hawick's 23 and Watsonians' 21) they are in pole position to be crowned Kings but there's still 40 points on offer in the remaining four events at Kelso (May 5th), Earlston (6th), Selkirk (12th) and Jedforest (17th) and anything can happen.

Scotland's squad:  John Houston, Colin Gregor (c), Jim Thompson, James Fleming, Andrew Turnbull, Scott Riddell, Michael Fedo, Scott Dewar, Scott Riddell, Sean Kennedy, Ross Miller, Adam Ashe

 

SUNDAY 29 APRIL
 

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MIXED FORTUNES AS MURRAYFIELD YOUNGSTERS DO BATTLE 

Two Borders Youth teams played at Murrayfield this afternoon, one running out onto the national stadium pitch - the other on the artificial one outside the ground in the finals of the Scottish U18 Cup and Bowl.

In the National U18 Cup Final Selkirk Youth Club knew they were going to face a big district side in the shape of Stirling County after Stirling had steamrollered Gala Wanderers in the Semi Final, and after a promising start the game got away from them as they lost 60-12. Full credit to the local team who did score two tries from m.o.m. Calum McEwan (
Pic by Grant Kinghorn). Earlier Lee Jones was on hand to give the squad their jerseys in the Scotland home dressing room, something they will all remember.

Peebles U18 Colts did better in their Bowl Final. They had to fend off a late surge from Perthshire Colts but they ran out winners by 27-20, to ensure that silverware was won by a Borders team this afternoon, after we saw an Edinburgh side take the Peebles 7s trophy out of the area.

 


SUNDAY 29 APRIL
 

JED EXTEND LEAD IN K7s BUT WATSONIANS WIN PEEBLES EVENT

Watsonians are getting better and better as the Kings of the 7s series rolls on and today at The Gytes they won the Peebles Sevens, overpowering Jedforest 38-12 in the final. Earlier they knocked out hosts Peebles in the semi final in a close game. But in the other half of the draw, where seven of the eight teams were Borders clubs, it was a real dogfight. With no seeding it meant that two of the best teams were drawn against each other. Jed faced Hawick with the losers going home with no points. Jed ran out winners 19-7 in that one. This result severely hampered the Greens'  chances, although they are far from out of the competition.   Jed made it to the final by knocking out Gala in the semi final 21-12 after being 0-12 down. Watch the final of the Peebles 7s here.

It was a bitterly cold and cloudy day, but the spectators came out at this well supported event. So Jed move up to 44 points, Melrose are up to 30 (going out for the fifth time this campaign to Jed), with Hawick still on 23 and Watsonians moving into fourth spot with 21.

 

SATURDAY 28 APRIL
 

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HAWICK BACK IN THE MIX FOR KINGS OF THE 7s HONOURS 

Hawick stormed to their second win of the Kings of the 7s tournament with a dazzling display at Langholm to lift the trophy with a convincing win over Melrose in the Final by 31-10. Led by captain Bruce McNeil (pictured left by Rob Gray), Hawick were deserving winners and are back in the K7s mix.

They knocked out series leaders Jedforest in the quarter finals in the best game of the day with the tie going to extra time. From there the Greens beat Watsonians in the semi to book their place in the Final. Meanwhile Melrose knocked out Berwick, Peebles and Gala before losing in their last game.

It means that Jedforest failed to make the Final for the first time this season, but they will have an opportunity tomorrow to gain revenge as they play Hawick in Round 1 of the Peebles 7s. That game takes on huge significance now.  So Jed have 37 points, Melrose 27, Hawick move to 23 and frankly the rest are also-rans as we head into the final half of the series tomorrow. Listen to commentary here.

 


SATURDAY 28 APRIL
 

GALA WANDERERS ARE CHAMPIONS BUT MELROSE WASPS WIN

Gala Wanderers are the champions of the Semi Junior 7s series despite losing out to Melrose Wasps in the Semi Final of the Selkirk Youth Club tournament today at Philphaugh.  Melrose Wasps endedup beating Jed Thistle in the Final 26-17, winning the try count by four to three in an entertaining encounter.

Selkirk Youth Club have a big match tomorrow at Murrayfield when they play on the national stadium pitch against Boroughmuir in the National Youth Cup Final, so understandably were under strength as a result. They didn't get past the first round when Duns Colts knocked them out so Gala Wanderers knew that they only needed one win for the trophy to be theirs, and they managed it with a convincing 17-5 win over Tynedale Colts in Round 1. But after beating Biggar 38-7 they met their match when Melrose Wasps put them out in the semi final.  Gala Wanderers are in an unassailable lead on 55 points at the top of the table with just Jed Thistle tournament to go. Selkirk Youth Club are on 33, Melrose Wasps have 30 and Jed Thistle have 28.  Wasps' winning team picture by Grant Kinghorn.

 

THURSDAY 26 APRIL
 

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WIN TICKETS AND SIGNED JERSEY FOR GLASGOW 7s 

Borders Rugby TV and Scottish Rugby have teamed up to offer you the chance of a pair of tickets for the both days of the Glasgow 7s at Scotstoun on May 6th and 7th - while the second prize is a signed jersey by the Scotland 7s squad.

Scotland's coach Graham Shiel has selected an initial 18 players for the event in Glasgow and also the finale of the IRB World 7s Series at Twickenham. From those 18 twelve will be selected to be in the squad, while six will miss out.

Among the 18 are a pair of twins from Jedforest who have been impressive on the Kings of the 7s circuit this season.  All we want you to tell us is their names.  Simple as that.  Send your email with your answer and name and address to BordersRugby@hotmail.com before Tuesday 1st May and the first correct answer out of the hat will win the tickets - the second out will get the jersey. Good luck!

 


THURSDAY 26 APRIL
 

LEE MILLAR AND CRAIG ROBERTSON TOP CLUB LISTS

The Borders Rugby Rankings use only Premiership data to ensure teams compete on a level playing field with the same amount of matches and is handicapped as each of our seven Borders clubs in the Premiership played at their own level. Melrose topped three categories including overall highest match points total as well as most tries and most points scored. It was thought that Selkirk (with 311) were the best defensive side, but a clerical error now puts Gala (308pts leaked) ahead of them for the third year in a row. That stat has now been corrected and our apologies to Selkirk who finished second.

After yesterday's Border League Final between Gala and Hawick we can now reveal the club lists for all competitive matches including Border League and Cup games. Some clubs played more than others so it is unfair to compare, however Gala's Lee Millar (254pts) and Craig Robertson (16 tries) are the best performers locally from our Premiership sides this season. Click here for a full list. Millar needed to score 22 points against Hawick put him one point clear of Melrose's Andrew Skeen (253).

 

WEDNESDAY 25 APRIL
 

MORE SILVERWARE AS GALA LIFT BORDER LEAGUE TROPHY 

In a very entertaining game at rain-soaked Philiphaugh Gala came out on top by beating the auld enemy Hawick in the final of the Border League by 37-20, but the Greens put up a good display and were leading 10-3 in the early stages. Once Gala got their noses in front though, you felt that they were never in any real danger of losing their grip on the game, particularly after half time when they were playing with the driving rain and strong wind behind them, and man of the match Lee Millar was quite superb at putting his team in the right areas of the pitch to work from with some long, accurate kicks.

Millar scored 22 points on the night with a tally of a try, four conversions and a penalty to blast his way to 276 for the season in a Gala jersey in competitive games. The other try scorers for the Maroons were Craig Robertson, with his 16th for the season, and two by hooker Russell Anderson. Hawick's scorers were Garry Johnstone with a brilliant try and Neil Renwick, who scored a try, two penalties and two conversions.  This win capped a tremendous week for Gala where they won two major Cups in four days. The fixture saw another large crowd in excess of 1500. Watch the highlights here..

 


WEDNESDAY 25 APRIL
 

BORDER LEAGUE FINAL SET TO ATTRACT BIG CROWD TONIGHT

Gala v Hawick at any time is a game well worth watching. The rivalry between the two famous clubs has produced some classics in the past, and tonight at Philiphaugh (7pm kick off) the Maroons and the Greens will go head to head in the Border League Final. A huge crowd is guaranteed and Phil Leck's Hawick side will be looking to spoil the celebrations which are still ongoing following Gala's wonderful Scottish Cup win on Saturday at Murrayfield.  Gala boss George Graham will have focused the minds of his troops for sure as they attempt to win two trophies in five days. Both sides were unbeaten in their respective Pool games and tonight's clash marks the official end of the 15-a-side season in the Borders.

Meanwhile Hawick YM and Peebles have been included in the new 10-team Championship league next season. Championship A includes teams in the west of the country, while Championship B will have clubs from the eastern side of Scotland. Murrayfield Wanderers, Musselburgh, Kirkcaldy, Howe of Fife, Morgan, Perthshire, Haddington and Lasswade are the others in this division.

 

TUESDAY 24 APRIL
 

SCOTLAND SEVENS CALL UP FOR GREGOR & LEWIS YOUNG

They have certainly made their mark since moving into the Jedforest 1st XV a couple of years ago and even more so on the Kings of the 7s circuit, and now the Young Twins have been called up to be part of the Scotland Sevens squad which will attempt to reach the Cup knockout stages for the first time this season. Others with Borders connections include John Houston, Jim Thompson and Mark Robertson.

Lewis and Gregor (
pictured here by Rob Gray - we think Gregor is on the left but we could be wrong!) will be hoping they get some game time at Scotstoun, the new venue for the Scottish leg of the IRB World 7s Series, and the Glasgow 7s on May 5th and 6th is fast approaching the 20,000 mark in ticket sales.

Initial 18 man Squad: R Miller, S Dewar, S Riddell, M Fedo, R Hughes, A Ashe, H Watson, M Robertson, S Kennedy, S Hidalgo-Clyne, C Gregor (c), J Thompson, J Houston, J Fleming, A Turnbull, B McGuigan, G Young, L Young. The squad will go to 12 over the next few days, leaving six disappointed.

 


MONDAY 23 APRIL
 

GOOD WEEKEND FOR GREGOR YOUNG WITH DOUBLE SUCCESS

Jedforest's Sevens captain Gregor Young has led his team to four successive finals in this year's Kings of the Sevens tournament, and yesterday he lifted the Berwick 7s trophy.

His sudden death try in extra time won the final against Melrose. In the Melrose squad was Fraser Thomson who finished joint top of the Borders Rugby Rankings with Gregor for scoring 10 tries in the Premiership this season - the most by a player from the Borders in the Premiership. BRTV's Stuart Cameron presented Gregor with his certificate (picture courtesy Rob Gray) at Berwick.

The draw has been made for the Scottish Borders District Union 7s this Saturday in Jedburgh. Gala A will defend their title. The first tie is at 1.30pm. The draw: Round 1: Jed A v Duns, Earlston v Selkirk A. Round 2: Peebles A v Kelso A, Hawick YM v Gala A, Jed A or Duns v Melrose Storm, Earlston or Selkirk A v Gala YM

 

SUNDAY 22 APRIL
 

SELKIRK YOUTH CLUB ARE THROUGH TO MURRAYFIELD FINAL

Selkirk Youth Club have made it all the way to the Final of the National U18 Youth Cup by defeating the previously undefeated Boroughmuir by 6-5 in a close game at Victoria Park this afternoon, thanks to a late penalty by Josh Welsh
. This means that next Sunday they will be travelling up the road to Murrayfield to try and do what Gala did yesterday in the Scottish Cup Final, and bring back some silverware when they play against Stirling County, who knocked out Gala Wanderers last week.

At the end of the game they were presented with the trophy for winning the Borders Semi Junior League title. Selkirk YC skipper Josh Welsh (
pictured here by Grant Kinghorn). 

In other results today, Peebles Colts won their National Bowl final against Greenock 33-0, while Kelso drew with GHA 15-15 in their U16 Bowl Semi, putting them out. Gala Red Triangle and Jed Thistle were knocked out of their U16 Cup Semi clashes with Stirling County and Glasgow Hawks respectively.

 


SUNDAY 22 APRIL
 

JEDFOREST LIFT BERWICK 7s TROPHY IN EXTRA TIME THRILLER

Jedforest retained the Berwick 7s trophy with a thrilling victory in extra time in the Final against Melrose by 26-21 at Scremerston after coming from 7-21 behind to level it. Jed had beaten Melrose in the previous two outings at Melrose and Hawick but after Melrose had beaten Heriot's in the semi final with a clinical 26-0 performance, they were certainly up for a first tournament win this season. Jed knocked out surprise semi finalists Berwick 29-17 who performed very well at their own event, themselves taking the scalps of Selkirk and Murrayfield Wanderers.

No less than three ties went to sudden death including the final and it was a piece of magic from speedster Gregor Young (pictured right by Rob Gray) who sealed it for Jed after he burst through and out-sprinted the very promising Sam Chambers to score under the posts. Jedforest extend their lead at the top of the Kings of the 7s table to 14 points with Melrose in second and Heriot's in third. Full results at our Sevens page here. You can see highlights of the final here.

 

SATURDAY 21 APRIL
 

HAWICK MAKE IT 5 WINS OUT OF 5 AT THEIR OWN 7s EVENT

Hawick were tipped to do very well this season in the Kings of the 7s tournament, but they went out to Aberdeen at the Melrose 7s last weekend. Fast forward seven days and they re-grouped to blow away everyone
at their own Sports and claimed an incredible five wins out of five in the last five tournaments at Mansfield Park. They did it in style too, beating Jedforest 36-7 in the Final. Michael Robertsonl celebrated the fact he has he was part of all five Hawick winning teams. Hear final commentary here.

Earlier Hawick had beaten Berwick, Peebles and Selkirk, while Jed put out Kelso, Hamilton and Melrose. Jed stay top of the Kings of the 7s table on 24 with Melrose and Hawick second with 13.

In the Gala Wanderers 7s tournament the home team extended their lead at the top of the Semi Junior table with a comfortable win over Hawick Wanderers in the Final 41-7. They have now hit 50 points with just two tournaments left.

 


SATURDAY 21 APRIL
 

SUPER GALA LIFT THE SCOTTISH CUP

Gala have won the Scottish Cup Final after a magnificent display against Ayr at Murrayfield by 24-10. Craig Robertson and Ewan McQuillin were the try scorers with Lee Millar's boot accounting for 14 points in a man of the match performance, but this was a gutsy display by all the Maroons who took the game to Ayr and picked up the trophy for the first time since 1999 when the likes of Chris Paterson and Nathan Hines were in the team. "I am so proud of the boys," said head coach George Graham afterwards.

It was even at the break at 10-10 but two quick yellow cards put Ayr down to 13 men and that was the turning point of the match as they went on to drive home the advantage. The squad will parade the trophy at 3pm tomorrow at Bank Street in Galashiels, and after a big night of celebrations George Graham will have to get the boys focused and ready for the Border League Cup Final on Wednesday against Hawick at Philiphaugh, knowing that this time last year they were beaten by Selkirk in the Final despite being hot favourites. You can hear post match interviews here.

 

FRIDAY 20 APRIL
 

MELROSE GET THEIR HANDS ON TWO TROPHIES

Melrose Rugby Club's players, staff and supporters finally got to celebrate their magnificent back to back Premiership win tonight at The Greenyards, as they were presented with not only the Premiership trophy but the Borders Team of the Year award. The winners' medals were presented by the SRU's John Davidson and a healthy crowd turned up to congratulate everyone involved. The club would agree that the team made it hard for themselves this season, but they got past the winning post and were declared Scottish champions. They now aim
to retain the Kings of the 7s trophy.

As well as topping the Borders Rugby Rankings as Top Team, the club had the best Attack and scored more tries than any other local team. Andrew Skeen (Top Points Scorer by a Borders player in the Premiership) and Fraser Thomson (Joint Top Try Scorer with Jed's Gregor Young) received special awards at the Greenyards from BRTV's Stuart Cameron.

Picture courtesy Douglas Hardie.   View more photographs here.

 


FRIDAY 20 APRIL
 

GERRY McGUINNESS TO LEAVE PEEBLES AT END OF SEASON

This season has been one to forget for Peebles. Probably more than any other club in the area they have been hit by injury after injury with some of their best players resigned to sitting in the stands and watching youngsters come into the team with little experience to try and produce winning rugby at a much higher level than they have been used to. But the results didn't come and sadly Peebles dropped out of the Premiership by finishing bottom of Premier C, and that means they will be playing regional rugby in the new Championship next season.

Head Coach Gerry McGuinness was told last night that a new coaching team will be put in place at the club as they try to bounce back next season. Gerry was brought in last season to coach the forwards when Gary Parker was at the helm, but Parker emigrated to Australia earlier this year. The former Hawick coach took over the reigns as a result.  McGuinness, who ironically was sacked by The Greens AFTER gaining them promotion back to Premier 1, is now looking for new opportunities next season.

 

THURSDAY 19 APRIL
 

GALA HEAD TO MURRAYFIELD TO REPEAT 1999 SUCCESS

If you believe in omens then things are looking good for Gala in their bid to win this year's Scottish Cup on Saturday against Ayr at Murrayfield (4pm). Their only other appearance in the Final was back in 1999 when they defeated Kelso 8-3, with Chris Paterson scoring all of Gala's points. The team was captained by Richie Gray (pictured with current skipper, Opeta Palepoi,
courtesy Rob Gray) who packed down with Nathan Hines that day in the second row.
Gala defeated Ayr in their previous two meetings in the Cup, scoring 32 points both times. They put 40 points on Ayr a few weeks ago in the League at Millbrae but Ayr are on a hat trick of Cup wins and will be pushing Gala all the way.  Coach George Graham has chosen his squad for the game:
15 Andy McLean, 14 Gavin Young, 13 Bryce Turner, 12 Alan Emond, 11 Craig Robertson, 10 Lee Millar, 9 George Graham, 1 Luke Pettie, 2 Russell Anderson, 3 Ewan McQuillin, 4 Chris Weir, 5 Opeta Palepoi (c), 6 Gary Graham, 7 Gary Lowrie, 8 Euan Dods. Subs: 16 Paul Stewart, 17 Craig Keddie, 18 Steve Cairns, 19 Craig Dods, 20 David Marshall, 21 Craig Borthwick, 22 Fraser Hunter.

 


WEDNESDAY 18 APRIL
 

MELROSE LIFT BORDERS 2nd XV CUP TROPHY

The two most successful clubs in the Borders, Gala and Melrose, locked horns at 2nd XV level for the Borders 2nd XV Cup and it was Melrose Storm who took the title by 23 points to 17.  In the driving rain the match was very close with Melrose coming from behind to take the title. Gala started well going 12-0 up thanks to a couple of tries from Richie Todd and Ian Ross, the first converted by Lewis Playfair, but back came Melrose Storm with a Robbie Shirra-Gibb try converted by Donald Crawford to reduce the deficit at half time two five points.  After the break three Donald Crawford penalties gave Melrose a four point advantage before Ian Ross scored his second try to regain the lead. The last word went to Melrose. Skipper David Crawford (pictured) scored a try converted by namesake Donald, and that proved decisive.

In the Scottish U18 Youth Cup Semi Final Gala Wanderers went down at Stirling County 40-14. Trailing 21-0 at the break the Wands came back with tries by Gregor Mein and Keith Young both converted by Mein. Gala struggled to compete with Stirling's huge pack. County cut loose to secure their Final place.

 
 

WEDNESDAY 18 APRIL
 

THREE BORDERS SIDES LOOK SET TO MAKE CUP QUARTERS

Scottish Rugby are currently supporting a move to bring in a quarter final stage to their National Cup competition for next year, which would relieve pressure on Gala, Melrose, Dundee HSFP and Stirling County, who will be playing six fixtures each in the cross border tournament next season.

These extra dates would cause logistical problems for the Borders top teams in particular, so the idea is that the four B&I Cup teams from Scotland would be parachuted into the competition without having to take part in the RBS Border Regional Cup. Automatic qualification would leave the other six Borders sides to have a round robin tournament to produce a Border champion to join Gala and Melrose in the quarter finals. Great news for Borders Rugby of course as this would see three teams in the top eight.

Hawick, Kelso, Selkirk, Jedforest, Peebles and Hawick YM would be the six looking for a chance to play at Murrayfield. The idea has yet to be ratified but seems likely to go through next season.

 


WEDNESDAY 18 APRIL
 

CHANGES TO THE BORDER LEAGUE ON THE WAY

There's been plenty of chat on the subject of the future of the Border League since a meeting of all local clubs took place over a week ago, and no official statement has appeared on the subject, but we understand that the unpopular Pool system will be retained next season, which is a pity, as the winner of the trophy currently doesn't play two other top Borders sides - a major flaw which hasn't been addressed.

However, the one-sided games between the likes of Langholm and Gala have been looked at with the result being that Berwick and Langholm will not take part in the Border League next season. It looks like we will have two pools of four with Melrose, Hawick, Kelso and Peebles in one, and Gala, Jedforest, Selkirk and Hawick YM in the other.  YM, we understand, have an invitation to be reviewed again next year. They replace Haddington. The Redskins have had two superb seasons where they have jumped above Berwick and Langholm in the rankings.  There is talk that a Border Junior League may happen next season involving Berwick, Langholm, Duns and other local sides offering competitive derbies.

 
 

TUESDAY 17 APRIL
 

SCOTLAND FIXTURES ANNOUNCED FOR SUMMER TOUR

Scotland will play three tests in Australasia in June as we already know but there will be an additional match played by a Scotland XV against New South Wales Waratahs. Scottish Rugby have confirmed that a party of 32 players will depart for the tour at the start of June with the first game on June 5th against Australia at the Ausgrid Stadium in New South Wales.

That will be followed on June 10th with a Sunday match for the Scottish XV.  Fiji will be the opponents on the 16th with a match against Samoa on June 23rd.

In other news, the draws have been made for this weekend's Hawick and Berwick Sevens tournaments - rounds three and four in the Kings of the Sevens series. You can view them here at our dedicated Sevens page where you can also see a re-run of the BBCTV coverage of the Melrose Sevens from last Saturday in which Saracens defeated Jedforest in the Final.

 


SATURDAY 14 APRIL
 

SARACENS TAKE MELROSE SEVENS TROPHY

Guest side Saracens, coached by ex Melrose and Scottish international player, Kelly Brown, came to the Greenyards for the first time and ended up comfortable winners of the tournament, beating Jedforest 50-21 in the Final. They didn't have it their own way in the earlier rounds, just getting past Heriot's by two points in their first game before beating Edinburgh Accies and then Aberdeen Grammar in the semi final.

Jedforest ran the English champions close in the first half with just one score between the teams before the power and pace of the young pros from Saracens romped away to take the title. Jed collected seven points though which extends their lead at the top of the Kings of the Sevens table with 17 points after two events. They disposed of Melrose in the semi final 12-7, with all points coming in the first half of a very tight game. Gala, Hawick, Peebles and Langholm all bowing out in the First Round. Kelso and Selkirk went out at the Second Round stage. Watch Final here and listen to radio commentary here.
Our picture (right) shows Jed's Iain Chisholm scoring against Glasgow Hawks. Pic: Rob Gray.

 
 

SATURDAY 14 APRIL
 

HAWICK YM WIN BACK TO BACK NATIONAL LEAGUE TITLES

Hawick YM are champions of the National League after winning their final game of the season 33-26 away at RHC to complete the season with 21 wins out of 22 in the League. It was a remarkable achievement for the club coached by Jammy McFarlane and Davie Grant following their step up from the 2nd Division of the National League, which they won 12 months ago.

They needed a draw to take the title and at half time the teams were tied at 13-13, but YM pulled away to build up a commanding lead. To their credit RHC came back at the end to reduce the gap but this was the Redskins' day and they will play in the new Championship league next season.

Hawick YM are now a Top 40 Scottish club and they are targeting Peebles having overtaken Berwick, Duns and Langholm in the Borders Rugby Rankings. One of the challenges for the club next season will be taking part in the Border League with the other seven top clubs in the South of Scotland.

 


SATURDAY 14 APRIL
 

GALA WANDERERS CONTINUE TO TOP THE SEMI JUNIOR 7s TABLE

Gala Wanderers won the Hawick Wanderers/PSA Semi Junior Sevens tournament today and continue to head the table after five of the eight local tournaments have been completed. Their win in an exciting final against big rivals Selkirk Youth Club 31-26 puts them on 40 points with Selkirk snapping at their heels in second place on 33. Jed Thistle (21) and Kelso Harlequins (20) are in third and fourth place.

The Wands and the Youth Club have plenty to aim for this season as both take part in the semi finals of the National U18 Youth Cup next week. On Wednesday Wanderers will travel to Stirling County to face a very strong and powerful Stirling County side, but Gala will have the advantage that their team have been playing together all season, whereas Stirling will be bringing players together with much less games under their belts. Selkirk will play Boroughmuir Colts at home on Sunday 22nd (2pm kick off) in a bid to reach the final. The three remaining 7s tournaments are Gala Wanderers' own 7s on Saturday 21st, Selkirk's tournament (April 28th) and Jed Thistle's event on May 5th. More on Semi Juniors here.

 
 


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