TEN hardy Borders rugby players and a smattering of backroom staff and sponsors made the trip to Tobago last week to take part in the annual international sevens tournament.
Fourteen teams from five countries took part in the men’s competition, with 12 teams in the ladies tournament (supported by their tourist board), which organisers are trying to establish as a major event. There was prize money for the winning team, which happened to be Edinburgh-based Rugby Ecosse.
Reivers came second in their group and were beaten 21-5 in a play-off for third place by Tobago Rugby Club, who were coached by ex-Selkirk hooker Ian Jeffrey.
“We were quite pleased to come fourth as the standard was pretty high,” commented sponsor Eric Allan, who was one of six Borders backers who made the trip out.
Canadian touring club Dog River Howlers beat top local club Harvard by 22-15 in a high quality final with former Stirling County scrum half Gordon McCrory their outstanding player.
Reivers were hampered by the loss of Langholm man Niall Cubbon to injury before their play-off game.
Other members of the squad were Danny Landels, Keith Davies, Ryan Hogg, Stuart Graham, Neil Renwick, Steven Bouglas, Graeme Anderson, Gavin Stirling and Greg Turnbull.
Star player for Rugby Ecosse and awarded a cup as Player of the Tournament was Melrose Ladies’ Lauren Harris, who was top try scorer with 12 tries over the two days. They beat Canadian Club Beavers comfortably in their final and were unbeaten over the two days to pick up the $5,000 prize pot.