Mistake ends Teries dream of a straight seven

Melrose win Hawick Sevens.
Melrose win Hawick Sevens.
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Hawick were left stunned by an opportunistic Accies side on Saturday as a fatal error gifted the Edinburgh outfit victory deep into injury time.

The hosts were aiming for a seventh straight title, but were left to rue what might have been as the city side broke local hearts to book their place in the semi-finals with the last play of the game.

Melrose win the 2014 Hawick Sevens.

Melrose win the 2014 Hawick Sevens.

Following a comfortable 31-14 win over Jed-Forest in the opening round, Hawick led Accies 22-19 as time wound down.

Rory Hutton was handed the ball that only needed to be launched into touch to end the tie, but the Greens playmaker misjudged the angle.

The ball stayed infield and Accies retained possession through former Selkirk player Alex Godsmark, who ran in for the winning try to snatch victory and stun all those in attendance.

Accies themselves eventually lost out to runaway Kings of the Sevens leaders Melrose, who wrapped-up their second title with a 24-17 win at a sunny Mansfield Park.

Hawick Sevens. Selkirk vs Langholm.

Hawick Sevens. Selkirk vs Langholm.

Melrose skipper Andrew Skeen conceded that it was not a decisive win for his side.

He conceded: “There were a few difficult moments, the tie could have gone either way,.

“They beat us last week, so we knew it would tight.”

The winning captain also admitted that the current programme of sevens is hard on the players.

Hawick Sevens. Hawick vs Edinburgh Accies

Hawick Sevens. Hawick vs Edinburgh Accies

He added: “It’s really tough for the boys.

“But can you ever have too much rugby when you are having success?”

Melrose came through their side of the draw with little issue, comfortably dismissing Hawick YM 38-0 followed by a 33-5 win over Peebles. In the semi-final Skeen and co met their great Borders rivals Gala and promptly showed their neighbours why they are such a force to be reckoned with in the shortened version of the game.

Despite two tries either side of half-time from Craig Russell, Austin Lockington bagged himself a hat-trick, with another two coming from Richard Mill and Alan Dodds to end Gala’s search for a maiden King of the Sevens title with a 31-12 Melrose win.

Semi streaker runs onto the pitch at Hawick Sevens.

Semi streaker runs onto the pitch at Hawick Sevens.

The second semi-final was an all-Edinburgh affair as Accies faced-off against Watsonians.

Unlike Melrose’s comfortable win, both of these sides were more evenly matched as the city rivals played-out a tight contest. Watsonians led 14-7 at the break, following scores from Ramsey Young and Ali Leadingham against a Sam Pecqueur score for Accies.

Pecqueur and Leadingham exchanged tries again before Pecqueur, the Scotland Under-20 player, completed his hat-trick to secure Accies their second consecutive sevens final in as many weeks.

In the final, the Edinburgh side were left chasing the game early after Skeen touched down for the opening try minutes into the contest. Accies could not find a way through the tough Melrose defence and went further behind when South African flyer, Austin Lockington, crossed over to put the Borders side 10-0 up at the break.

Second-half tries from Alex Godsmark, his brother Ryan and Pecqueur gave Accies hope, but Lockington and Skeen made sure Melrose would take home their second sevens title this year with a 24-17 win.

SMT Trinbago (Trinidad) continued their dismal Scottish sevens tour with another first-round exit, this time at the hands of Hawick’s conquers, Edinburgh Accies, 34-12. Also in the opening ties, Gala put 52 points past Northumberland, Hawick YM gave Melrose a slight scare, before the latter comfortably secured the win, and Hamilton fell to a President’s VII select 14-15.

Hawick Sevens. Gala vs Melrose in the semi final.

Hawick Sevens. Gala vs Melrose in the semi final.

Hawick Sevens. Melrose and Edinburgh Accies in the final.

Hawick Sevens. Melrose and Edinburgh Accies in the final.