Dalziel Rugby Club
DALZIEL travelled through to Dumbreck at the weekend to participate in the Glasgow City Sevens, hosted by Cartha Queens Park – the final event of the Legacy 7s series.
The Motherwell lads knew they had a tough task ahead of them with the likes of professional teams Munster and Glasgow Warriors in the draw, alongside Samurai Scottish, an invitational Sevens team containing several former Scottish Sevens Internationals.
Dalziel started the day with a game against Glasgow Hawks.
From the kick-off, Lee McWhinnie and James Baxendale were probing the Hawks defence and after a few minutes found space for Baxendale to slice through and score under the posts.
Craig Lewis converted to give Dalziel a 7-0 lead.
Hawks secured possession at the restart and quickly scored to level the scores before scoring again to push into a lead 14-7.
Dalziel found enough time to have one last attack of the half and Derek McMillan was able to dive over in the corner to make it 14-12 at the break.
The second half was a very cagey affair with Lewis trading tries with his opposite number to take the score to 21-17.
As both teams pushed for the winning score, Hawks found themselves on Dalziel’s line and were able to fashion an overlap which was seized upon and their final try made it 26-17 at full time.
The result meant Dalziel progressed to the Shield Quarter-Final, where they faced Boroughmuir.
Boroughmuir had been knocked out by Glasgow Warriors from the main competition and had to win the Shield to stand any chance of winning the Legacy 7s Series.
They started the stronger team and scored early on to lead 7-0.
However Dalziel, buoyed by their performance against Glasgow Hawks, upped their game and made life very difficult for the Premier One side.
First Grant McCallum and then McWhinnie went over to give Dalziel a shock, but deserved, 12-7 lead.
Boroughmuir struck back to lead 14-12 and they scored again right on half time to go 19-12 up.
Dalziel regrouped and Baxendale selflessly offloaded to Cameron King to score near the posts to make it 19-17.
They pressed for the win but a dropped ball was gleefully scooped up by a Boroughmuir player who ran in from his own 22 to give his team a 26-17 victory.
Dalziel finished the Legacy Series in 12th place but will be proud of the effort put in during what is the club’s first Sevens season in a number of years.
2012 Sevens squad: James Baxendale, Kris Hughes, Cameron King, Craig Lewis, Grant McCallum, Peter McCartin, Fraser McGlashan, Fraser McKenzie, Niall McKenzie, Andy McLaren, Scott McLelland, Stuart McLelland, Derek McMillan, Lee McWhinnie, Antony Mitchell, Darren Moon, Dougie Picken, Crawford Reid, Robert Simpson, Euan Stewart, Euan Watt, Kris Watters, Ross Westwood.