Great effort gets S1s into semi-finals
LANGHOLM'S S1 team travelled to Hawick for a sevens tournament last Saturday and were in a pool with Gala, Berwick and Jed.
In the first game against Gala they started slowly and went behind but came more into the game and scored a couple of tries through Ruaidhri Forbes.
There was a great try from Tom Henderson and a conversion from Ben Jardine but, unfortunately, too many missed tackles allowed Gala to score two more tries, resulting in a 12-7 defeat.
The tackling improved right from the start against Berwick and they started to play some great sevens. A well-timed pass from Hughie Donaldson put Ruaidhri Forbes in for another try. Calum MacKenzie ran in from 40 metres and another Forbes try plus one from Ben Jardine, who also added three conversions against one converted try by Berwick gained the boys a great 15-4 win.
Last up was Jed knowing that is they won they would qualify for the semi-finals - started slowly and quite nervously but soon they got into their stride, another Forbes try plus a great team try scored by Thomas Roberts was followed up by another 2 Forbes tries and then great quick hands from Danny Tait allowing Ben Jardine to cross for a try plus his 2 conversions against 3 tries and 2 conversions to Jed gave the boys a hard fought 17-11 win. This put the boys into the semi-final against a very good well drilled Melrose team and we started very slowly and let Melrose get well ahead before starting to play the way we can and had showed. A great jinking run by Oliver from Hawick set up a penalty and quick thinking by Hughie Donaldson set up a try by Ben Jardine. Then for the last few minutes we threatened to score again and had all the ball and pressure but it was too late. Final score was 28-3 to Melrose who went on to win the final against Gala 15-4. A great tournament and some great rugby played by the boys another couple of players and a full squad of 10 might just have made a difference, but well played boys.
Team Tom Henderson, Calum MacKenzie, Hughie Donaldson, Danny Tait, Ben Jardine, Ruaidhri Forbes, Thomas Roberts and Oliver Whitely of Hawick.