Sevens heaven for Melrose and Langholm as females show attacking talents

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Melrose Ladies captured yet another sevens trophy as they ran out victorious in Stirling’s inaugural women’s tournament, writes Kenny Paterson.

With most of the top teams competing, the hard, dry surface was entirely suited to the Greenyards girls’ expansive style as they displayed the best form on the day.

The early round robin league saw victories against Ayr (58-0) and Murrayfield Wanderers (26-10) before a hard-fought 19-17 win against hosts Stirling, determined to win their own tournament.

Other results meant Melrose faced second-placed Stirling again in the final, only this time they stepped up a gear and made fewer mistakes, comprehensively winning 27-5.

Melrose Ladies: L. Harris, N. Halfpenny, L. Skeldon, I. Craigie, S. Bell, M. Maciver, L. Purves, C. Rollie, E. Pate, E. Hackney, T. Elms.

Meanwhile, Langholm Girls under-15s also enjoyed sevens success when they travelled to Stewartry, writes John Smith.

The tournament, played under the new Bill McLaren Positive Coaching Scotland scoring system, means points were awarded for each game played, and added together to give a final score.

Points are given for the result, fair play, sportsmanship, attitude to referee and officials, and for the coaches’ management.

Langholm opened against the hosts and stormed to a 35-0 win with tries from Lisa Thomson (4), Caitlin Cottrell, Shonagh Murray and Nicole Beattie.

Next up was Dumfries and a 40-0 triumph – Rachel Young, Emily Beattie and Cottrell added to the five tries from Thomson.

The Muckle Toon then played Biggar, and against formidable opponents the girls put together some good passing play, grabing four tries, all from Thomson, for a 20-0 win.

The final match of the day was against Cockermouth and Langholm cut loose to run in nine touchdowns for a 45-0 victory. Tries came from Cottrell (4), Thomson (2), Beattie, Lauren Meager and Adele Wyllie.

At the medal presentation, it was announced that as well as being the only unbeaten side they had also registered full marks on the PCS scoring system.

The girls travel to Keswick Sevens this week, before going to the IRB Glasgow Sevens Festival of Rugby.

Langholm Under-15s: S. Murray, R. Young, L. Meager, C. Cottrell, L. Thomson, E. Beattie, N. Beattie. Sub: A. Wyllie.