REFUSING to be intimidated by more physical sides, Melrose Ladies retained the Glasgow Sevens trophy as they swept away the opposition with some exhibition-style rugby.
Displaying superior skill levels throughout, the Borderers capitalised on opponents’ mistakes with fluent handling and a brand of expansive running rugby unmatched by most of the other competing teams, who seemed mainly oblivious to the space which sevens affords.
A 31-5 opening victory over Cartha Queens Park was followed by a 17-5 win over Murrayfield Wanderers before Carlisle were despatched 21-5.
The final against an RHC Cougars team containing a number of current internationalists looked like providing a formidable challenge, but Melrose were in no mood to be bullied out of it.
Poor skills from so-called quality players saw Melrose pounce on their errors, leaving them chasing shadows as the pacey ’Rose attack cut their defences to ribbons in a 40-0 romp.
Melrose Ladies: Steff McKenna, Lana Skeldon, Hannah Rorrison, Gillian Thomson, Emma Hackney, Lauren Harris, Lyndsey Gilchrist, Gillian Inglis, Diane Durham, Nicola Halfpenny.