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Professionals get the job done

It was inevitable that a side packed full of internationalist professional sevens players and containing pace in bucketloads would triumph at Melrose on Saturday and so it proved.

Glasgow Warriors, in something of an exhibition performance, swept to a sumptuous victory over Edinburgh Accies in the final of the famous Borders tournament.

The Melrose Sevens organisers, of course, appreciate that they need star attractions if they are to retain the interest of income-providing television, hence their policy of inviting four guest teams.

It is a formula that has worked in the past and this year it seemed the return of Clermont Auvergne would produce a Scots v French club final.

Except that it all rather backfired. The French outfit, runners-up last year in a close final, sent a side that had some useful players but which simply did not gel as a sevens team and it was no surprise that after surviving a scare against Glasgow Hawks the French guests lost in the quarter-finals to Edinburgh Accies.

Even less successful were the much-vaunted USA Tigers - beaten by an inspired Heriot's side in a 29-28 second-round thriller - and SMT Trinbago, who limped out at the same stage to Boroughmuir.

So with the overseas teams out by the quarter-finals it was left to Edinburgh Accies to provide a challenge to Glasgow Warriors.

In the event, Accies could not match Warriors' blend of pace, physicality and Fijian guile in the form of Niko Matawalu.

Well though Accies played, they were unable to stop Warriors running in seven tries, the last of these fittingly scored by the former Melrose stand-off Scott Wight, for a 47-14 victory.

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