Souters looking for Melrose revenge

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POINTS mean prizes and that’s certainly what Selkirk will be looking for as they enter rounds three and four of the Kings of the Sevens Tournaments this weekend.

Fraser Harkness’s team have drawn Melrose in the opening round of Hawick 7s and, with the Greenyards outfit playing their cup final at Murrayfield on the same day, have a good chance of halting the Melrose 7s bandwagon and picking up some points of their own.

Team manager Brian Cassidy told The Wee Paper: “We have been playing some good sevens and if we perform as well as we can, we can beat anyone. We are looking forward to both events this weekend and will be doing our best to pick up some more points.”

Saturday’s tournament will follow its traditional 16-team straight knock-out format and the Vikings, Denmark’s national side, will take part alongside 15 Scottish clubs.

On Sunday the Souters play Peebles in the opening round of Berwick 7s.

Last week, Selkirk entered Melrose 7s in the second round and looked impressive when beating Stirling County 26-17.

Ciaran Beattie crossed twice in the first half, with Ross Nixon converting both, to give the Souters a 14-0 lead before Stirling came back with a try and conversion from Graham Lindsay to make the half-time score 14-7 to the Borderers.

After the break, tries from Callum Marshall and Mikey Davies, the latter converted by Nixon, increased the scoreline. Stirling tried to come back and touch downs from Robbie Boswell and Ross Aitken closed the gap but the Souters held on and progressed to the quarters.

It was here the journey ended, however. Melrose had already carved up local rivals Hawick (38-0) and were looking for more scalps to steal. By half-time, the hosts had notched up a 26-7 lead through tries from Jamie Murray (2), Scott McCormick and Scott Wight. Beattie touched down for Selkirk’s try.

Allan Dodds added another for Melrose after the break and despite counters from Rory Aglen and Fraser Harkness, the hosts walked through to the semi’s before beating title holders Hamilton 31-26 in the final.