Many thought that the victors of the first round tie at Berwick between Kings leaders Melrose and second placed Edinburgh Accies would march on and take home the cup.
But the thing about the Kings series is that you’ll always get shocks and surprises, and it doesn’t always work out that the best team will win.
Simply put, keep the ball away from the opposition and there is no way they can score tries.
The sun certainly shone on Gala last Sunday. On paper, along with Hawick, they always look impressive, but past results will show they don’t always deliver.
Hawick in recent times have not enjoyed the Berwick leg of the circuit and their bogie team at the event – Edinburgh University – were once again their opponents in round one.
Once again the students beat them and in the space of two tournaments Hawick managed just three match points, and for the remainder of the series they will need to deliver big to have any say in this year’s championship.
So Melrose and Accies met and Melrose did enough to win 14-12 to face Selkirk. Berwick were dumped out by a feisty Alnwick team in their first tie.
Gala accounted for Watsonians to take their place in the semi final, but Selkirk played some sparkling rugby to take the scalp of Melrose 29-7. In the other half of the draw Edinburgh University knocked out Alnwick and Jed-Forest finally got some points after three unsuccessful tournaments to set up a semi final match.
Gala v Selkirk proved to be a cracker with the Maroons in control for most of the game but the Souters were snapping at their heels and dropped short by one point, while Jed racked up points on the Uni boys.
We had the unusual sight of seeing star twins Lewis and Gregor Young playing against each other for the first time – Gregor drafted to Gala – and bragging rights went to Gregor’s team as they scorched home 36-14. Jamie Parker, Gavin Young, Craig Russell and Craig Dods were particularly impressive as they took all 10 points to move into second, just eight points behind Melrose in the table.
The circus rolls on to Langholm and Peebles with Melrose on schedule for a record score for a Kings series, but as we found out on Sunday nothing is certain.
Kings of the Sevens standings after four rounds: 1, Melrose 28 points; 2, Gala 20; 3, Watsonians 15; 4, Edinburgh Accies 14; 5, Selkirk 11; 6, Hawick 11; 7, Peebles 9; 8, Heriot’s 8; 10, Jed-Forest 7; 11, Kelso 3.