The friendly sevens still looks set to be a scorcher

JEDBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM - 14 May 2011: 'JedForest RFC 110th Annual Sevens'Riverside Park, Jedburgh'''(Photo by Rob Gray / Freelance)
JEDBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM - 14 May 2011: 'JedForest RFC 110th Annual Sevens'Riverside Park, Jedburgh'''(Photo by Rob Gray / Freelance)
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THEY may have already secured the 2012 Kings of the Sevens title, but by seeding the draw for their own tournament on Saturday, Jed-Forest RFC have ensured the competition will sizzle to the end.

Holders Melrose, along with the next top three clubs on the Kings table, Watsonians, Jed-Forest and Hawick. were the seeded teams. And, with the lucrative second and third place still to be decided, not to mention Jed wanting to end on a high by winning their own tournament, things are likely to get heated come the semi-final stages if everything goes to plan.

Still smarting from their defeat to third-placed Watsonians in the final of the Selkirk event last weekend, hosts Jed are determined to put on a good performance and pick up their third sevens win of the season at Riverside Park. Coach Kevin Amos told TheSouthern: “We’ve got one more tournament to go and it’s a massive one to us, so we have to step up and confirm that we are the best side on the sevens circuit this year.

“We’ve certainly been the most consistent, but Watsonians are pushing us. They have won three tournaments whereas we have only won two, so we have one chance left at our own tournament to show that we can do it.

“We have to be really switched on and we will be working on that this week.”

However, with their tails up and looking to make their own mark on the Kings circuit, city slickers Watsonians will be going all out to stop the home outfit.

Captain Mike Ker said: “Our confidence is way up now so we will be looking to go to Jed and finish our season on a high.”

Traditionally known as the friendly, family event, a large crowd is expected at Riverside on Saturday to cheer on the all-Scottish contingent taking part.

Jed-Forest have been crowned as The Kings of the Sevens twice, triumphing in the 2002/03 & 2005/06 seasons, and will be officially presented with their third trophy following Saturday’s final.

Draw (first tie 1.30pm): Falkirk v Peebles; Melrose v Hawick YM; Musselburgh v Selkirk; Watsonians v Kelso; Gala v Edinburgh Accies; Jed-Forest v Berwick; Edinburgh University v Langholm; Hawick v Heriot’s.