Teries’ tussle provides the first-round heat

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Selkirk Sevens was already set to be a dramatic, action packed tournament – with Melrose and Jed-Forest slugging it out for the Kings of the Sevens title – without a special derby being drawn in the first round.

Hawick will meet their neighbours from over the Mansfield Road fence, Hawick YM, in the first round in what will surely be a pulsating tie.

Throw in that the hosts are bidding for an incredible fifth Philiphaugh title in a row, and you have the perfect ingredients for a great afternoon of rugby.

Sevens convenor John Rutherford told us: “We are delighted with the draw.

“Four sides are seeded – Jed, Melrose, Watsonians and holders Selkirk, followed by the next four teams in the Kings of the Sevens table.

“It is the penultimate tournament in the series and there is still everything to play for, with Melrose and Watsonians chasing Jed.

“Selkirk also have a great record and the squad will be hoping to continue their superb form at Philiphaugh.”

This year’s event is in association with Help for Heroes, with Selkirk RFC making a donation to the charity which has raised £133million for soldiers wounded in current conflicts, while local cadets will take a collection inside the ground.

Although the corporate lunch is sold out, a hog roast will be on offer in the marquee and mini rugby and a barbecue will also be held.

And the entertainment will not end with the rugby, with the marquee being turned into a disco from 9pm until 1am.

Friday sees the return of Night on the Pitch music event, with The Darien Venture, Immigrant Wagon and Crevis Inspection all performing at the Philiphaugh ground from 7pm, with bar and barbecue available.

And a great weekend will be rounded off when the club join up with the Rhinos junior rugby club for a Sunday barbecue, which everyone is invited to attend.