Rory Stanger on the ball for Hawick Youth at Kelso's semi-junior sevens

Hawick Youth on top of Borders rugby’s semi-junior sevens table

Hawick Youth look to be carrying on where they left off at the end of the Borders semi-junior rugby league’s XVs season as they’re now front-runners in the region’s age-grade sevens contest too.

The under-18 league champions’ sevens side followed up their victory at the series’ opener in Peebles by beating Peebles Colts 40-19 in the final of their home-town tournament on Saturday to take their tally of points up to 25 after three rounds.

That’s seven points ahead of second-placed Gala Wanderers, winners of the previous weekend’s tournament at Kelso.

Melrose Wasps are third on 13 points, with Selkirk Youth Club also on 13 and fifth-placed Kelso Harlequins on 11.

Peebles Colts are sixth on 10, Duns Colts eighth on six and Jed Thistle ninth, also on six.

Two of the three sides from outwith the Borders taking part, Alnwick Colts and Boroughmuir, are at the bottom of the table with three points each, and the other, Morpeth Colts, are seventh with seven after making it to the final at Kelso.

To get to last Saturday’s final, Hawick, captained by Hughie Joe Donaldson, named as player of the tournament, beat Gala 29-17 in their semi-final, with Peebles having seen off Selkirk 26-24 in theirs.

Livingston and East Kilbride were also represented at Hawick’s Volunteer Park tournament, though Tynedale Colts pulled out.

The next tournament counting for the semi-junior Kings of the 7s is at the Haugh in Earlston this coming Saturday, starting at 1pm and running until the last pool game at 4.45pm, then semi-finals at 5pm and 5.15pm and the day’s final at 6pm.

Three other teams from further afield will be taking part – Northern Ireland’s Portadown, Northumberland’s Tynedale Colt and North Edinburgh Vikings.

All ties will be seven minutes each way except the final, it being 20 minutes long with a half-time break.

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