Sevens shine in the southern sun

Gala 7s winners Watsonians, with Kaye Niven of main sponsor 5 Star Taxis (picture by Alwyn Johnston)
Gala 7s winners Watsonians, with Kaye Niven of main sponsor 5 Star Taxis (picture by Alwyn Johnston)

Gala RFC’s president has paid tribute to all who helped make the Netherdale club’s Sevens tournament a success in the sunshine yesterday (Sunday).

The action kicked off the bulk of the circuit’s play on this year’s Kings of the Sevens circuit, continuing until mid-May.

Gala club president Graham Low said: “The 5 Star Taxis Gala 7s had a hugely successful day in the warm spring sun.

“Since we introduced the pool system, our 7s has grown every year and this one will again be putting a smile on the treasurer’s face.

“The exciting final played out by (winners) Watsonians and Edinburgh Accies was a thriller, with the result not certain until the final whistle.

“Both teams were delighted with their day and thanked Gala for a great day out.”

Mr Low said “a tremendous amount of effort and dedication” was put in by 7s’ convenor Bob Sneddon and his vast team of assistants. Owing to their preparations and planning, the event ran extremely smoothly.

The president also acknowledged “Main sponsor 5 Star Taxis, along with all the members, spectators, participating teams and committees for making in a great day for Gala RFC.”

Watsonians retained the title with a thrilling 33-28 victory over Edinburgh Accies in the final.

Watsonians, runners-up to Jed-Forest in the Kings of the Sevens series last season, overcame a capital side taking part in their first Gala final.

In the first half, two tries from Reiss Cullen and one by Scott McKean were equalled by counters from Jamie Sole and Jamie Winks. McKean increased Watsonians’ lead on the resumption, before Ben Appleson converted his own try.

Jack Ferguson and Appleson traded the final scores as Watsonians proved just too much for the Accies side.

Earlier,in their semi-final, Accies registered five scores against Kelso, with two coming from Winks. Watsonians scored six tries in their semi against Jed-Forest, with a pair from McKean.

The Bowl was won by Boroughmuir, who defeated Gala, with Melrose overcioming Peebles in the Plate competition. Results:

Pool matches – Melrose 12, Selkirk 19; Melrose 14, Edinburgh Accies 19; Selkirk 19, Edinburgh Accies 29; Gala 59, Langholm 7; Gala 14, Kelso 19; Langholm 0, Kelso 38; Watsonians 47, Hawick 5; Watsonians 33, Peebles 0; Hawick 21, Peebles 17; Jed-Forest 36, Earlston 5; Jed-Forest 27, Boroughmuir 7; Earlston 0, Boroughmuir 48.

Semi-finals – Edinburgh Accies 31, Kelso 7; Watsonians 34, Jed-Forest 0.

Final – Edinburgh Accies 28, Watsonians 33.

Bowl semi-finals – Selkirk 7, Gala 19; Boroughmuir 36, Hawick 12.

Final – Gala 14, Boroughmuir 17.

Plate semi-finals – Melrose 38, Langholm 5; Peebles 26, Earlston 5.

Final – Melrose 28, Peebles 12.