Valuable day for Scotland 7s at Melrose

Scotland 7s players had some valuable game time at the Melrose 7s today ahead of the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s and eighth leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series in three weeks time (3-4 May). 

Some 10 of the players were playing with their pro-player drafted clubs, as well as recent Hong Kong Bowl winners, Scott Wight, Mark Bennett, Finlay Gillies, Lee Jones and James Eddie, turning out for today’s winners Glasgow Warriors.

Perhaps the most impressive Scotland 7s players, with the clubs, were the Edinburgh Accies players, Scott Riddell, Chris Dean and Alex Glashan, who helped their team reach the final for the first time since 1949.

Scott Riddell at the 2014 Melrose 7s with Edinburgh Accies

Riddell impressed

Riddell, showed his professional prowess, playing in every minute of the five matches that the Raeburn Place side competed in.  He also touched down against Kelso, Clermont Auvergne and Melrose.  Glashan scored tries against Watsonians, Clermont and Melrose and Dean against Watsonians. 

Michael Maltman (Heriot’s) and Neil Herron (Glasgow Hawks) put in impressive shifts with their teams.  Herron scored a brace and showed his power in a match that saw Glasgow Hawks almost edge Clermont Auvergne to victory in their first round tie.  Clermont won 26-21.  Maltman touched down against Boroughmuir and USA Tigers.  

The USA Tigers match was a fantastic and resilient win for the Goldenacre team, in round one, as this team is the USA 7s development team.  Heriot’s won, 29-28.

Maltman and Herron powerful

All Glasgow Warriors’ recent sevens caps scored tries throughout the day with Lee Jones topping the try-tally with five.  Scott Wight also scored 13 conversions today and finished the day with a nice touch, scoring Glasgow Warriors last try in the final at a ground he is synonymous with. 

Also turning out from Scotland 7s and scoring today were James Johnstone (Hawick), Gregor (Gala) and Lewis Young (Jed-Forest), Mark Robertson (Melrose) and Colin Gregor (Glasgow Hawks).

Colin Gregor at the 2014 Melrose 7s with Glasgow Hawks

Notes to editors

2014 Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s ticket available NOW!

Tickets for the 2014 Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s tournament, the eighth leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series, are available now on general sale, starting from only £20 per person and £10 for under-18s, students and senior citizens.

Tickets are on sale for designated stands and for designated days, with weekend passes also available from £35. Family tickets (two adults and two under-18s) can be bought for £45. Buy tickets now. The 2014 event is circus-themed, with all supporters encouraged to come in fancy dress and join in the party spirit!

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