Melrose Rugby Blog
Time for a Little Reflection
We enter Melrose Sevens week in good heart. Friday night saw the Wasps lift the Borders Semi junior title for the first time in 25 years. A rousing second half performance gave them a 17 - 3 victory over Jed Thistle. The delight on their young faces and the wry smile from JWT was a delight to see. Congratulations must go to everyone involved, they have worked so hard for their success. I said in the first blog of the season I thought they may have a tough time due to the older boys moving on, well that proved to be rubbish and I am delighted to be able to stick that initial thought where the sun doesn’t shine. Just to emphasise the work ethic these lads have they then popped down to Kelso Harlequins Sevens on Saturday and duly lifted that Cup as well, a wonderful weekend for the Melrose youngsters.
The Women reached the Final of their sevens tournament at Stirling-losing to the hosts, no doubt they will seek revenge in the tie to be played before the final at the Greenyards on Saturday.
The first round of the King of the Sevens on Saturday at Netherdale proved to be another victorious day. Looking a bit rusty early on in the group rounds and with Gala looking strong the semi final looked as though it would be a tough ask. However the squad picked up the pace and the work rate and in the end ran out reasonably comfortable winners. On the down side we picked up a couple of injuries so no doubt places in the squad will be up for grabs come Saturday.
Melrose is always an incredibly difficult tournament to win and I am quite sure there will be a few shocks as the day unfolds. So let's hope we can get into the sharp end of the Tournament and make it an enjoyable day. Clermont will be very good as will Glasgow who at the moment intend bringing our own Scott Wight and Carlin Isles "the fastest man in world rugby". So who will catch him - you will just have to come and see for yourself....and by the way the man who says he's the second fastest man on the rugby planet will be making his comeback on Friday in the Vets Tournament - John Dalziel although it was very late on a Saturday night when he made that statement - maybe he said daftest not fastest? it was rather late. Robert Chrystie is also threatening a comeback - so roll up roll up for a weekend of fun, farce, and rugby and remember to bring the sunshine with you.
Director of Rugby
(....and still jacketless!!)