Edinburgh Accies edged out in Melrose Sevens final

Alex Blair is closed down by Glasgow's Scott Wight and Mark Bennett (right)
Alex Blair is closed down by Glasgow's Scott Wight and Mark Bennett (right)
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Edinburgh Accies played some great rugby as they reached the final of the Melrose Sevens on Saturday, eventually being beaten by Glasgow Warriors side in the final.

The Accies squad was bolstered by Scotland Sevens players Chris Dean, Alex Glashan and the hard working Scott Riddell and while they made a great difference, ‘club’ players like Nyle Godsmark, Alex Blair and Iain Chisholm also made their mark.

12/04/14 ABEREDEEN ASSET MANAGEMENT MELROSE 7S FINAL'GLASGOW WARRIORS V EDINBURGH ACCIES'MELROSE'Glasgow Warriors players celebrate after winning the Melrose 7s

12/04/14 ABEREDEEN ASSET MANAGEMENT MELROSE 7S FINAL'GLASGOW WARRIORS V EDINBURGH ACCIES'MELROSE'Glasgow Warriors players celebrate after winning the Melrose 7s

The full Accies squad, coached by Graham Bonner and Andrew Easson, was completed by Jamie Farndale, Ryan Godsmark, Ruairidh Bonner and Sam Pecquer, the latter showing great pace when coming off the bench in ties.

In round one at the Greenyards, Accies came up against Kelso and saw them off 38-0. In round two they faced Watsonians and swatted their Edinburgh rivals aside easily. They led 29-0 thanks to tries from Dean (2), Glashan, Chisholm, and Nyle Godsmark with their opponents looking shell-shocked. They added another after the break to win 36-0.

In the quarter-finals they played the pros from Clermont Auvergne and they put in a cracking showing to win 35-12, Riddell really excelling in this tie.

They were then given a semi-final tie with the home side, which they won 22-5.

Tries from young Glashan, Blair, who was thriving on the big stage, and a conversion by Chisholm put them 12-0 up at the interval. Nyle Godsmark and Riddell added further tries.

Warriors, with Niko Matawalu and Carlin Isles the star attractions, started the final as favourites.

They took the lead, but a Blair try made it 7-7 before the Warriors built up a 33-7 half-time advantage.

The pro side eventually won 47-14, Accies second try coming from Pecquer.

Heriot’s had a good day, reaching the semi-finals before losing to the Warriors and Michael Maltman and Liam Steele amongst those starring for them.

Boroughmuir, with Murray Johnstone playing well, lost in the last eight to Heriot’s with Currie having reached round two after defeating Edinburgh rivals Stewart’s Melville first up.

Broughton, meanwhile, managed to win their own sevens on Saturday, defeating Liberton 24-15 in the final.

The likes of the hosts, Trinity Accies, Queensferry, Ross High, Liberton, Walkerburn, Moray House, Inverleith and Edinburgh Northern joined a President’s VII at Wardie.

Liberton took their recent buoyant mood into this sevens tournament and after starting the day with a 19-0 win over Trinity Accies kept going and made it to the final.

Broughton beat Queensferry and Moray House amongst others to reach the final which, after some exciting play, they won.

In the Shield final, Trinity Accies defeated Inverleith 4-0 with Queensferry defeating Edinburgh Northern 14-7 to lift the Bowl.

Meanwhile, at the Leith Sevens, the winners were Linlithgow. The West Lothian side defeated the host club in the final.

And at the Lasswade Sevens, the home side took on the Occasional Sevens in the final. The Hawthornden men came out on top.