Head to head with top sevens outfits

Dalziel's Craig Lewis in action at Glasgow Sevens.
Dalziel's Craig Lewis in action at Glasgow Sevens.

DALZIEL Rugby Club sent a squad to the final event of the Legacy 7s circuit, the Glasgow City Sevens hosted by Cartha Queens Park.

They had a tough task with the likes of professional teams Munster and Glasgow Warriors in the draw alongside Samurai Scottish, an team containing several former Scottish sevens internationals.

Dalziel started well in their first game against Glasgow Hawks.

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.

From the restart Hawks secured possession and levelled the scores. They then scored a second try to push ahead 14-7, but Dalziel had enough time for another attack before the break and Derek McMillan dived over in the corner to make it 14-12.

The second half was a cagey affair and while Lewis score a try for Dalziel his opposite number went over too and the score was 21-17.

Both teams pushed for what would be the winning try and Hawks fashioned an overlap to go over again and make it 26-17.

Dalziel progressed to the Shield quarter-final where they faced Boroughmuir. The Edinburgh side 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.

Boroughmuir scored early on to lead 7-0, but Dalziel upped their game and made life difficult for the Premier 1 side as Grant McCallum and McWhinnie went over to give them a shock 12-7 lead. Boroughmuir struck back to lead 14-12 and added another try right on half-time.

Dalziel regrouped and slick passing from Darren Moon saw the ball played out to Baxendale who looked destined to score in the corner, but offloaded to Cameron King for a try near the posts.

it was now 19-17 and Dalziel pressed for the try that would win the game. However, a dropped ball was scooped up by a Boroughmuir player who ran in from his own 22 to give his team a 26-17 victory.

Dalziel finished the series in 12th place, but can be proud of their effort on what was the club’s first sevens season for years.

Glasgow City Sevens squad: Grant McCallum, Craig Lewis, James Baxendale, Cameron King, Fraser McGlashan, Dougie Picken, Lee McWhinnie, Derek McMillan, Darren Moon and Kris Watters.