North Berwick R.F.C.

North Berwick R.F.C.

More Sevens success at Gala

by Steve Thomson

North Berwick RFC U16s & U14s competed well at Netherdale and, for the second successive tournament, returned with medals.

More Sevens success at Gala
North Berwick RFC U16s & U14s competed well at Netherdale and, for the second successive tournament, returned with medals.
Our two youth teams enjoyed a long and exciting day of sevens rugby in Galashiels to close off their season. For the second successive tournament our U14 won their event and our U16s performed exceptionally well to claim the runners-up spot of their competition. Underfoot condition were excellent and this lead to some hard competitive rugby.
The U16s kicked off against a very strong Stirling County and were well beaten by an extremely experienced sevens team. They recovered well against Forrester and Gala and this gave them a semi final against a big Hawick team who were the winners of the other pool. In a close fought game our lads claimed their final spot after a 24 – 17 victory. They faced Stirling in the final and although they knew they were up against it, they fought extremely hard and played some flowing rugby to keep the score close all through the first half. Stirling upped the pace in the second half and scored several tires without reply but out lads didn’t give up and kept their head up until the end. It was another good performance and another very creditable runners-up medal.
The U14 squad were in a confident mood from the start. They easily saw off Forrester in their opener and then repeated the performance against tougher opposition from Hawick and Stirling County. This earned them a semi final against Berwick who had impressed in their pool. NB quickly took the lead then worked hard to deny Berwick the ball. Our fitness told in the later stages of the game and the 46 – 17 victory earned a place in the final against Melrose. Melrose had look a much improved team from their own tournament two weeks previously however the same game plan worked extremely effectively and NB took an early lead, never let Melrose have the ball, and eventually ran out victors by 61 – 0.
Overall another success for North Berwick youth rugby at the season’s end. Many thanks to our hosts Gala Red Triangle, to all the parents and supporters that made the trip to support the teams and to the players who proudly represented North Berwick RFC .

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