49th Annual Orkney 7s Tournament, Pickaquoy, Saturday 3rd May 2016
Peebles didn’t drop a point all day on the way to beating hosts Orkney in the final and lifting the Orkney Builders Orkney Sevens title on a fine Saturday afternoon at Pickaquoy.
With entries slightly down on normal, 11 teams fought it out for the three titles up for grabs on the day – the Pail, the Plate, and the Sevens themselves.
Once the three group stages had been sorted, Peebles and Orkney overcame the Ale Stars and Grangemouth respectively in the quarter finals, while Exiles saw off Sandwick YFC and the Almost All Blacks beat the Auld Bulls.
The semi finals saw Peebles beat the Exiles, while Orkney overhauled the Almost All Blacks.
All this was taking place in front of a growing touchline crowd, who were enjoying the matches as well as the food, refreshments and musical entertainment being laid on between the pitches.
So to the final and Peebles drew first blood after an edgy opening few minutes as the sides had sized each other up. Scott Russell had already replaced Orkney captain Alan Brown due to hamstring issues.
Russell was on the charge and Sam Croy was almost away but judged to have knocked on and Peebles had a scrum 20 metres out from their line.
Orkney were on the attack again shortly after but were penalised and Peebles built from there and scored a second try.
The home side were on the front foot just before half time, but Sam Croy ran out of pitch as he headed up the line so the sides turned around with Peebles 12-0 up.
Another converted try for the visitors early in the second half saw them stretch their lead to 19-0 and it looked like a bridge too far for Orkney from the in, although Willie Thomson did his best to spark life back into the home side’s challenge.
However, even a yellow card for a deliberate knock on from Peebles couldn’t lead to an opening for Orkney, as they spilled the ball forward while advancing towards the Peebles line.
It ended 19-0 then, and Peebles lifted the title for the first time since 2007-08.
Elsewhere, in the Plate final it was Grangemouth who beat the Ales Stars to lift this title for the second year in a row, while the West won the battle with the East in the Pail final.
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