Sevens silverware in Scotland for super Colts

MORPETH Colts came away from the Scottish borders with a trophy after putting in some fine performances.

The Sevens tournament at Kelso was a knockout competition with 16 teams competing, and Morpeth’s first-round match was against Selkirk YC.

The Northumberland side went through 24-10 with tries from Tom Manley, two, Kieran Brown and Chris Stodhart. Brown kicked two conversions.

The margin of victory was bigger in the quarter-finals against Melrose. Manley and Stodhart each scored a brace of tries in the 29-5 success. Brown waded in with his own try and made two conversions.

Next up was the semi-final against the hosts (Kelso Harlequins). The Mitford Road outfit were on fire, winning the encounter 45-0.

Brown got a hat-trick and kicked five conversions, captain Alex Tait scored twice and Chase Evans and Sam Lamont each touched down once.

The final was against a decent Gala Wanderers side that had won the Peebles Sevens the week before and they scored two tries early on, one of which was converted.

But Morpeth were made of stern stuff and started to play some good rugby. They were rewarded when Stodhart went over for a score and another unconverted try by Brown made it 10-12.

Gala came back and scored a converted try, however Morpeth finished strongly and tries by Brown and Tait, both converted, gave them a 24-19 victory and the trophy.