Melrose are Kings of the Sevens

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Melrose lifted the 2014 Kings of the Sevens title with three tournaments to spare on Saturday before going on to complete a weekend double double at the Haugh on Sunday.

Playing in the seventh of ten Kings events at Poynder Park Melrose beat Hawick 26-24 in a cracking Kelso 7s final to claim their fifth tournament win this season.

Twenty four hours later John Dalziel’s men confirmed their regal status with a 19-17 victory over Gala in the final of the Earlston tournament to make it five in a row at the Haugh.

The straight ‘five’ is just one of several records established by the current Melrose side this season, and sits alongside the table-topping 68 points accumulation in the Kings competition, surpassing the club’s previous best for a season by three points.

And there are still two tournaments remaining.

Melrose coach John Dalziel has promised that his side will not ease off. He said: “We’re looking to pass as many milestones as we can.

“We’ve broken the points record. We’ve won six out of the eight tournaments. If you get eight in the modern era that would be quite an achievement.”

Standings after eight tournaments: 1, Melrose 68 points; 2, Gala 33; 3=, Hawick and Watsonians 31; 5, Edinburgh Accies 29; 6, Selkirk 24; 7, Jed-Forest 18; 8, Peebles 14; 9, Kelso 12.