YM endure frustration amid mass Walkerburn withdrawals

The well-laid plans of Hawick YM coach Davie Grant were thrown into disarray at Walkerburn Sevens by the withdrawal of five clubs.

Grant’s YM arrived at Caberston Haugh more than an hour ahead of their first scheduled game only to be informed that five of the 16 participating clubs had failed to raise a team for the tournament.

YM were then pitched immediately into action in a newly-formated round robin tournament, and succumbed to a heavy defeat by Edinburgh University before salvaging some pride in a dead rubber against a Melrose second string.

“From the first tie at quarter past one, we had a three-hour wait and it was a meaningless game against Melrose,” said a despondent Grant. “We played Edinburgh University and got beat quite easily, but then did well to beat Melrose 24-14.

“With Matty Douglas, Stuart Graham and Steven Mabon, we were playing a lot of young guys, but it was a great learning curve for them. In sevens, if you play as individuals, you tend to work harder, but when the team gels as a unit – as we did against Melrose – it’s great to watch.”