But the limelight was partially stolen from them on the final day at Jed-Forest, as their closet rivals, Melrose, comprehensively beat them in the final to deprive them of a win in the closing contest.
Watsonians arrived at Riverside Park with such a big lead that they only needed victory from the first match to secure an unassailable points total, and they comfortably saw off Gala 35-5.
Hosts Jed-Forest, keen to give a good account of themselves in their own event, after a season in which they almost made the BT Premiership, reached the semi-finals, where they gave the Myreside men a very close run. In the final, Melrose were 19-0 up at the break, through tries from Lewis Reid and Ross McCann (2), followed by others from Craig Jackson, who added four conversions, and Bruce Colvine. Watsonians’ sole reply was a try from Willie Thomson, for a final score of 33-5. Jed’s sevens convenor, Ross Goodfellow, said they could not have wished for a better day weather-wise and everyone seemed to enjoy the occasion. Results: First round – Heriot’s 43, Hawick 14; Melrose 31, Musselburgh 5; Langholm 21, Hamilton 39; Edinburgh Accies 22, Kelso 19; Hearts & Balls VII 36, Peebles 5; Watsonians 35, Gala 5; Jed-Forest 42, President’s VII 21; Selkirk 24, Berwick 10.
Quarter-finals – Heriot’s 21, Melrose 35; Hamilton 12, Edinburgh Accies 43; Hearts and Balls VII 5, Watsonians 31; Jed-Forest 41, Selkirk 5.
Semi-finals – Melrose 41, Edinburgh Accies 14; Watsonians 17, Jed-Forest 15.
Final – Melrose 33, Watsonians 5.