Pride of Jed lift Kings cup

CAPITAL outfit Heriot’s may have lifted the last sevens title of the season at Riverside Park on Saturday but it was hosts Jed who were the heroes of the hour as they picked up their 2012 Kings of the Sevens trophy in front of a large home crowd.

Kevin Amos’s exhausted troops went down fighting. Firstly putting Berwick to the sword 17-5 before being stopped brutally in their tracks in a sudden death thriller against Border rivals Gala (17-12).

They were the pride of the town and were applauded for their achievements by supporters and players from right across the circuit as the hoisted their prize high at the end of a gruelling season.

Amos told the Southern: “We have a lot of young guys in the squad and one of the main differences this year was that they had a real want to win.

“From day one they said that they wanted to go for it and that’s exactly what they did. They put 100 per cent into their training and the tournaments and as coaches we couldn’t ask for much more.”

The curtain came down on the season with an action packed day at Riverside that went totally against expectations. Fourth seeds Hawick went down to the eventual winners in the opening round while, still fighting for their second place, Melrose saw off runner-up contenders Watsonians 19-14 following yet another sudden death play-off.

In doing so the Greenyards outfit secured the place but, with players missing through injury etc, the final proved just one step to far and it was a hard working Heriot’s side who took the final honours of the season.

For full colour special see this weeks Southern Reporter.

First Round: Falkirk 14 Peebles 21; Melrose 31 Hawick YM 7 Musselburgh 17 Selkirk 14; Watsonians 12 Kelso 7; Gala 35 Edinburgh Accies 7; Jed-Forest 17 Berwick 5; Edinburgh University 40 Langholm 5; Hawick 14 Heriot’s 29.

Quarter-finals: Peebles 12 Melrose 26; Musselburgh 0 Watsonians 36; Gala 17 Jed-Forest 12 (aet); Edinburgh University 7 Heriot’s 41.

Semi-finals: Melrose 19 Watsonians 14 (aet); Gala 19 Heriot’s 24.

Final: Heriot’s 31 Melrose 12.