Wednesday 10 April 2019

Victory for Accies at Gala 7s

Graham Bonner and his squad put in a tremendous effort to win at Gala 7s last Saturday, the first time Accies have won the Netherdale tournament in its 128 year history. It was also our first win in a Kings of the 7s tournament since that competition was inaugurated. No wonder Graham and the players were given a standing ovation when they arrived at the Club dinner on Saturday evening.

We were drawn in Pool 4 with the hosts and, initially, Heriot's. However, the latter pulled out and were replaced by Edinburgh University. The cold, wet weather may have reduced the crowd but it did not hamper our squad, who beat Gala 42-7 and Edinburgh University 28-0 before meeting Boroughmuir in the semi-finals. This was a tougher match but we eventually won 19-12. Which just left us the final against Watsonians.

We last reached the final at Gala two years ago, also against Watsonians, but on that occasion they won fairly easily, so our squad could have been forgiven if they had been nervous about this game. Instead they played a determined and pacy match (as can be seen from the video highlights below, courtesy of StuMedia). However, the two sides were evenly matched in the first half, with two tries apiece and only Richard Mill's superior conversion rate giving us a 14-10 lead at the break.

We picked up the pace in the second half but were only able to get one try past Watsonians' defence.  However, it was enough to secure the 21-10 win and our first Gala 7s trophy.

Congratulations to the whole squad on such a fantastic start to the spring run of the Kings of the 7s (the first tournament was played at Peebles in August) and roll on Melrose!

Squad: Neil Armstrong; Michael Badenhorst; Ruairi Campbell; Robbie Chalmers; Robbie Kent; Max Love; Richard Mill; Ronan Seydak; Jamie Sole; Will Stephen

Scorers in the final:
Tries - Ruairi Campbell; Max Love; Richard Mill
Conversions - Richard Mill (3)

Please click here for video highlights (c) StuMedia.


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