Lasswade take the spoils at Caberston Haugh

Scott Rayburn whose mother Karen Rayburn went into labour at WRFC Sevens 21 years ago.  Scott celebrated his 21st at the Sevens on Saturday.  photo by graham riddell
Scott Rayburn whose mother Karen Rayburn went into labour at WRFC Sevens 21 years ago. Scott celebrated his 21st at the Sevens on Saturday. photo by graham riddell

LASSWADE picked up the 91st Walkerburn Sevens title, which this year used a round robin format after a number of late call-offs.

Despite the cancellations, County Durham side Seaham and charity team Pigbarians both made the journey to Caberston Haugh, where the host team battled through their group to make the semi-finals.

Winners Lasswade RFC with Standard Bearers Lass 2011 Kirstie Evans at Walkerburn Sevens (The Prince of Sevens) rugby tournament at Walkerburn RFC, Peeblesshire, Scottish Borders, on Saturday, 5th May, 2012

Winners Lasswade RFC with Standard Bearers Lass 2011 Kirstie Evans at Walkerburn Sevens (The Prince of Sevens) rugby tournament at Walkerburn RFC, Peeblesshire, Scottish Borders, on Saturday, 5th May, 2012

Unfortunately, one of Walkerburn’s key players had to withdraw from the semi-final against close rivals Peebles due to work commitments.

A replacement volunteered from the Pigbarians and, despite him being an equally capable stand-in, Peebles triumphed 27-7.

In the other semi-final, Lasswade overcame defending champions Edinburgh University 24-20.

A pulsating final saw Lasswade win 20-12 to deservedly lift the Walkerburn Sevens trophy.

As well as the rugby on show, a new viewing deck was opened by Sarah Fraser Ballantyne, who saw her idea become reality, while a dunking machine plunged plenty ’Burn players in order to raise money for the club’s planned tour of Spain in 2013.

And it was also a special day for Scott Rayburn, whose mum Karen gave birth to him 21 years ago to the day. She went into labour while watching the Walkerburn Sevens in 1991.

Walkerburn RFC vice president Colin Kerr said: “It was the best and most enjoyable Walkerburn Sevens I have attended.

“As ever, Walkerburn RFC are grateful to the referees – without their tireless efforts the event could not be a success. They even had time to enjoy the ’Burn Banter’.”