RIVERSIDE Park provided another wasted opportunity for Hawick as missed tackles saw them make an early exit from the tournament.
Lining up with a strong side which blended a potent mix of youth and experience as well as a number of YM players in their ranks, hopes were high for a Jed Sevens victory.
But despite a promising first round victory over Boroughmuir, the Greens wilted in the scorching spring sunshine. Although Bruce McNeil, Rory Sutherland and Neil McColm all crossed in their next tie against Heriot’s, poor tackling took its toll, and the capital side edged the win.
Coach Rocky Johnstone said: “We got off to a good start against Heriot’s and I thought the teams looked even. But there were too many missed tackles to be honest which was really disappointing.”
Melrose completed an-other long, hard season by snatching their final victory.
Contesting both the PD&F Jed-Forest 7s and the Kings of the Sevens title, Scott Wight and his men made one last courageous attempt at retaining both titles won last year.
And, despite an heroic effort from the hosts to spoil the party, the effort paid off.
Like last year, the Kings tournament went right down to the wire on Saturday, keeping the throng of supporters surrounding the pitch entertained right up to the final whistle.
However, there was to be no final fling for the YM at the Walkerburn Sevens as they went down 24-19 to Earlston in the first round of the competition.