Jed retain Berwick 7s crown

RUGBY: Jed-Forest have retained their Berwick Sevens title after beating Melrose in a thrilling final. The host club also did themselves proud by reaching the semi-finals at Scremerston.

Jed needed a Lewis Young try in extra time to win the final 26-21. Nick McGrath and Ross Goodfellow shared tries in the first half, while referee Iain Heard sent Joe Helps and Michael Weekly to the sin bin.

Helps and Bruce Colvine and then Ian Chisholm and Young levelled the scores before Lewis clinched the sudden-death victory.

Jed didn’t find it easy in the semi-final either, knocking Berwick out 29-17 in a hard-fought encounter. Melrose hammered Heriot’s 26-0 in the other semi.

Berwick got off to a good start by defeating Murrayfield Wanderers 27-5 in the opening round and then produced a fantastic performance to beat Selkirk 22-12 in the second and book their place in the last four.

Jed beat Morpeth 27-15 in their opening tie, then edged out Edinburgh Accies 26-19 before overcoming Berwick and then defeating Melrose to lift the trophy for the sewcond year running.

But Melrose are still in with a shout of the Kings crown after getting their season back on track.