Melrose Rugby Football Club
Holders Gala crashed out at the first stage in the defence of their Melrose Sevens title, as they fell 22-21 to Jed-Forest.
The Maroons opened the scoring with a break-away try from Scott Paterson, which he also converted. Jed responded with a try from Calum Brown, after an initial break by Gary Hill, and Kevin Amos converted.
A try from Mark Lee, which Amos failed to convert, put Jed ahead at the interval.
Jed went further ahead early in the second half, with a try from Gary Hill, but Amos missed the conversion.
Gala kept in contention with try from Mark Ballantyne, which Michael Dods converted, to set up a thrilling conclusion.
Jed were able to get the crucial try, as Hill broke away to touchdown for the second time in the tie. Gala scored a late try through Michael Elliot, who also converted, but it was too late for the holders.
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Report by Andrew Innes. Photographs by Mathew Tunnock.
Melrose Sevens 2000 Results