PSA and Wands home in on semi-final stages

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Hawick PSA and Wanderers both reached the semi-final stage of their sevens tournament on Saturday.

The fifth round of the Semi-Junior Kings of the Sevens series was played at Mansfield Park and Mansfield Haugh, and the Teri teams registered two wins apiece before being eliminated in their respective last-four ties.

PSA were in fine form in the early stages of the competition, easily beating Berwick Colts in their opening encounter. In their second match, they gained revenge for a semi-final defeat in the previous weekend’s Kelso Harlequins tournament by defeating Quins 19-0.

The joint hosts, however, were vanquished in the semi final by eventual winners Gala, despite a impressive comeback midway through the second half. With Gala leading 17-0, PSA scored two quick tries to climb to within a score of salvaging the game, but time ran out for the Hawick boys.

Wanderers’ challenge was halted by sevens specialists Selkirk Youth Club, but not before impressive victories over Currie and Jed Thistle in the opening rounds of the tournament.

A President’s Select team, comprising PSA and Wands players, provided the highlight of the first round ties, with the local lads defeating Haddington Colts in extra-time. The select side then bravely battled in defeat to Gala in their subsequent tie, losing 25-0.

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competition was staged for teams eliminated in the first round. Edinburgh BATs and Peebles Colts contested the final at Mansfield Haugh, with the latter side coming out on top.

Gala Wanderers were crowned Hawick tournament champions after defeating Selkirk 31-26, and in doing so they edged further ahead of their final opponents in the Kings of the Sevens table.

By midway through the showpiece game, Gala had raced into a 24-0 lead. Selkirk did come back into the match and they threw everything at Gala but came up short. After 20 pulsating minutes of rugby Gala ran out winners and claimed their third sevens win – to Selkirk’s two – this year.

PSA and Wanderers sit sixth and seventh respectively in the ‘Kings’ table, both having reached a semi-final, with PSA leading the quarter-final count 2-1 against their Teri counterparts.