Greens miss out in quarters as Selkirk home in on victory

A sublime piece of skill by Watsonians’ Andrew Skeen consigned Hawick to defeat at the quarter-final stage of Saturday’s Selkirk Sevens.

The former Melrose stand-off chipped the ball down the touchline before volleying over covering defender Craig Smith for a magnificent touchdown.

Hawick had opened the scoring through Craig Robertson, before Ed Hunter and Gary Walker put Watsonians 14-5 up at half time.

Danny Landels’ try gave the Teries some hope until Skeen’s football skills and Grant Somerville’s score opened up an 18-point lead.

In the final minute, Gary Johnstone raced clear for a consolation try to complete the scoring at 28-17, as Hawick exited at the quarter-finals in the Kings of the Sevens series for a fifth time this season.

Earlier, Hawick had comfortably knocked out Biggar in the first round. In a scrappy match, played in the worst of the heavy rain which hit Selkirk on Saturday afternoon, Robertson’s score gave Hawick a 5-0 half time lead.

Johnstone notched number two before the try of the game came from Nathen Murray who sprinted home from the halfway line. Craig Russell completed the scoring for a 26-0 win against their Lanarkshire opponents.

Selkirk would later defeat Melrose in a thrilling final. The Souters trailed 19-5 at half time after the sin-binning of Fraser Harkness, but came roaring back to clinch a dramatic 20-19 victory, with the winning try coming from Ross Nixon in the closing stages.