Blacks start sevens season with success

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THE host club go into this weekend’s Berwick Sevens tournament full of confidence after collecting silverware last weekend.

Lawrence Patton’s men won the inaugural Hawick Linden Sevens, beating the host club 36-24 in the final, with Gareth Hill (2), Michael Brennan, Aaron Hall, Dan Law and Gareth Black scoring the tries.

Drawn in Pool A, the Blacks beat Annan 33-7 and saw off Selkirk 17-7 in their second game. Berwick then secured qualification from the pool with a display of running rugby that demolished Hawick Quins 40-7. This equalled the highest score of the day.

Coach Patton was wary of Berwick’s semi-final opponents, saying North Berwick had “looked quite good” in the other half of the draw. But his team put on one of the best displays of the day and showed a resilience in defence, beating North Bewrick 27-0. The final against hosts Hawick Linden was far more evenly contested, but Berwick always had the upperhand. They led 19-12 at half time and scored two more tries after the turnaround to seal a 36-24 victory and lift the Life Members Cup.

Patton was glad to see his charges handle themselves, and the ball, well under pressure. “These guys are great runners,” he said. “We have pace and gas all over the pitch.”

He also hopes the win will inspire confidence in the team going into next season. “It was great to see very young players and the team they have become,” he said.

The triumph is perfect preparation for this Sunday’s Berwick Sevens at Scremerston. Before then, however, Berwick are in action at the 117th Hawick Sevens at Mansfield Park on Saturday. Patton’s men could not have asked for a tougher draw. They face host club and defending champions Hawick.

Berwick Colts will take on Haddington Colts in the first round the Gala Wanderers Sevens on Saturday.