SCOTT Wight of Melrose and Selkirk’s Fraser Harkness are fired up for one final tilt to claim the Kings of the Sevens title, writes Kenny Paterson.
The Scotland club international teammates look set to go head to head in the semi-finals of Jed-Forest Sevens on Saturday, while the host club, placed just two points behind leaders Melrose, are favourites to make the final in the bottom half of the draw.
After the Greenyards team lost a dramatic Selkirk Sevens final to the home team, Wight said: “We have to pick ourselves up at training this week and be ready to go again at Jed.”
Melrose will hope Allan Dodds has recovered from a hamstring injury he picked up at Philiphaugh.
It was Dodds who scored the winning extra-time try against Selkirk last season which clinched the Jed tournament and the Kings of the Sevens series, and Harkness will be hoping to exact some revenge on their near neighbours.
The 26-year-old added: “It really is all to look forward to at Jed.”
Selkirk will hope to have Callum Marshall back to full fitness, after the forward was forced to pull out of his club’s tournament following the first round.
Meanwhile, Harkness is among the Scotland squad to take part in London and Edinburgh legs of the World Sevens series this month.
Also included are ex-Selkirk winger Lee Jones and former Kelso forward Scott Newlands.
Andy Robinson has named six Borderers in his 40-man provisional Scotland squad for this year’s World Cup.
They are Greig Laidlaw, Chris Paterson, Nikki Walker, Kelly Brown, Geoff Cross and Ross Ford.