Melrose are in a strong position in the 2014 Kings of the Sevens with a handsome lead of 25 points as we go into the last four rounds of the tournament.
But there are still the minor places to be filled, and perhaps shocks to be witnessed.
To that end, the draw for the Lloyd Land Rover Kelso Sevens still has the potential to produce some exciting ties.
The teams in the draw comprise the traditional Borders guests and three clubs from Edinburgh. Watsonians are regular visitors to the sevens circuit and are always well organised. They have provided not only the winners to the event over the past two seasons, but also supplied the Player of the Tournament. Perhaps the Andrew Ker factor plays its part here.
Edinburgh Accies and Edinburgh University make up the 12-team draw.
Kelso has, again, gone for a group system with the winners of the two previous tournaments, Watsonians, starting off the day in the same pool as Langholm and Hawick. There are only two points between Watsonians and Hawick in the sevens table, so the winner of that game will be looking to make headway towards the prize money.
The second group has the hosts, Selkirk and Berwick. Selkirk have reached a couple of semi-finals, but without the charismatic, but injured, Fraser Harkness, they have struggled a little. Kelso have only won a couple of ties so far and, no doubt, the Poynder faithful will be looking for better things on Saturday. It is amazing how the home support can bring out the best in a team.
Pool C has Gala set against Jed-Forest and Peebles. The Maroons appear to be the front runners here after their disappointing week in late March when their RBS Cup and Premier league hopes went up in smoke. They have recovered from that with a fine win in the Border League final and victory at the Berwick tournament. Jed always produce a good, competitive seven, but so far all they have to show for the spring circuit is a runners-up spot. Perhaps they plan to peak at Riverside in two weeks’ time.
The final group has the Kings of the Sevens front runners, Melrose, and, arguably, the dark horses of the circuit in Edinburgh Accies alongside Edinburgh University. Accies are, of course, the beaten finalists from last season at Kelso. They virtually had the tournament won, but a rush of blood, as the final whistle approached, allowed Watsonians to run the length of the field to score the winner. Accies’ performance at Melrose was quite outstanding with a young team which contained some highly-rated sevens specialists. They have lost three finals so far this spring and must be just itching to get the big prize.
Kelso has a new sponsor this season in Lloyd Land Rover. The club is grateful to them and hope they have a good experience on the day. Numbers coming forward to support the tournament continue to be high and Kelso are always happy to see local firms helping them out – at the same time giving some of their own customers a good day out.
All Poynder Park organisers need is a decent day weatherwise and some entertaining rugby – and all fans can go home happy.
The first tie will be at 1.30pm, with the final scheduled for around 6pm. The club has kept entrance prices at the same level as last year.