Berwick set to stage annual Sevens

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All roads will lead to Berwick this weekend when the Rugby Club stages its annual sevens tournament at its Scremerston ground.

The now annual event is part of the sporting calendar in Berwick and as such attracts a big crowd.

This year the event is being staged on Saturday (April 21) and the host club is set to welcome fans and players from throughout the Borders.

The tournament is part of the ‘Kings of the Sevens’ series, and as such it creates an added interest with some of the local clubs playing for points towards their final tally.

In addition to the Border sides there will be appearances by teams representing Newcastle Agrics, Edinburgh University and Edinburgh Accies, Morpeth, Watsonians and Musselburgh.

There will also be an international flavour with a Rugby Mad Dutch Select set to complete the line-up.

Last year’s Berwick winners, Jedforest, are back to defend their title.

They beat Melrose 26-21 in last year’s final, but Melrose and Gala (who won the opening round on their own Netherdale pitch) will again be amongst the favourites.

As holders, Jed will kick-off this year’s competition with a Borders derby match against Peebles at 1pm.

Melrose will face old rivals Hawick, whilst hosts Berwick, who put up a battling performance to finish runners-up in the John Laing Sevens at Kelso last Wednesday, will take on Earlston in the first round.

Play will continue throughout the afternoon with the final scheduled for 5.30pm.

The Sevens is a social as well as a sporting occasion and as in previous years the tournament will be preceded by a lunch in the clubhouse.

Bar facilities will also be open throughout the day.

This year’s main sponsors are the Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant in Marygate, Berwick, who have been long term sponsors of the club. The Royal Garden were named as main sponsors last week following a sponsors’ raffle.

A spokesman for the club said: “The Sevens is always a big day. It attracts players and supporters from throughout the region and as such it generates a tremendous atmosphere.

“Sevens rugby is fast and furious, it is action all the way, and is non-stop from the first round right through to the final. All we can hope is that the weather stays fine and that everyone enjoys the occasion.”

1:00pm Jedforest v Peebles

1:17pm Edinburgh Uni v Newcastle Agrics

1:34pm Watsonians v Morpeth

1:51pm Selkirk v Gala

2:08pm Berwick v Earlston

2:25pm Musselburgh v Rugby MAD Dutch Select

2:42pm Melrose v Hawick

2:59pm Kelso v Edinburgh Accies