Professional power proves too much for Linden in Irish sevens

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HAWICK LINDEN made the trip to Northern Ireland for the Carrickfergus Sevens, but suffered a tough day of rugby.

First up was the NGN 7 – set up in memory of Noel, Graham and Nevin Spence who all died in a farming accident last year in County Down.

Former Ulster player Nevin’s connections were evident as the NGN 7 contained some contracted players from the Celtic League side and New Zealand international John Afoa in their coaching team.

The Linden squad, suffering from the previous day’s activities, had no answer to the NGN’s size and pace, but did extremely well to only go down 38-0.

It did not get any easier in the second tie as they came up against a Newcastle Exiles team whose squad were all big-hitting South Sea Islanders, and Linden succumbed 26-0.

The final group game was against John Wills 7, a young side playing for charity, whose pace was too much for Hawick in a 50-12 win, with Nathan Murray scoring Linden’s two tries.

Hawick Linden: N. Murray, S. Goodfellow, B. Sutherland, S. Renwick, S. Fairbairn, S. Bouglas, B. Willison, C. Gracie.