Victory on Saturday by favourites Jed-Forest to wrap up the Kings of the Sevens festival would be the “icing on the cake” after a long hard season.
Head coach Jammy McFarlane and his players are relishing the prospect ahead of them this weekend – they host the final stage of the 10-tournament series and are one of only two teams who can win it overall.
It’s a massive deal for the players”.Jammy McFarlane
Jammy said it would be very special to have something tangible to show for the effort put in by everyone connected with the club, after a punishing season.
“It’s a massive deal for the players and we have a real focus on the sevens as a club,” he said.
“In recent years, Jed-Forest have been really strong – I have only been there this season, but that focus is still there and very much in the minds of the players as well.
“We want to do well and, hopefully, in front of our own people, we will get a good turnout and we can see the job through. But it won’t be easy by any stretch.”
Jed-Forest have led the table for several week and sit on 54 points, five ahead of their only challengers, Watsonians, on 49.
Various combinations and permutations could materialise on Saturday, but Jed know they are in a strong position and want to finish with a flourish, while acknowledging the quality of rivals such as Melrose, Watsonians, Hawick, Selkirk, and others.
It would be a massive occasion at Riverside, as Jammy added: “Hopefully, the experience of the squad will see us through but there will be no lack of effort – that’s for sure. The boys are really up for it.”
Victory would be a fitting reward, said Jammy, as the demands of playing 10 tournaments in six weeks, an overlap with XVs games, and expecting players to prepare through the week, had been “brutal” and “grossly unfair” on them. He believed the Borders League format had to be reconsidered.