Mackie 7’s squad – The Mackie Bears - reached the final of the Centrax 7’s held at Garioch Rugby Club, Inverurie on Saturday.
After an early loss in the pool stages to Blackwatch, Mackie improved with every game beating Banff, Aberdeenshire and hosts Garioch to reach the final. There the Mackie Bears met ...Blackwatch again. Blackwatch are an army regiment and their 7s team is made up of Fijians, 2 of which had played for Fiji’s national team. The gulf in class was evident in the first pool match but just after half time the game was poised at 21 – 17 to Blackwatch and Mackie had just scored. Unfortunately the final score was 47-24 to Blackwatch as the Fijians stepped up a gear. A solid first tournament and a learning curve for the squad will lead to better performances next week at Highland 7’s in Inverness. The 2nd place prize money was enjoyed none the less and next week will be looking to add some silverware to the trophy cabinet.
pool match 1 – Blackwatch 40 – Mackie 0
pool match 2 – Mackie 21 – Banff 17 (tries – Levack, Garden, Reid. Conv – Levack x 2, Garden)
Quarter Final – Mackie 24 – Aberdeenshire 19 (aet) (tries – Atkins, Levack, Mellis, Reid. Conv Levack x 2)
Semi Final – Mackie 19 – Garioch 14 (tries – Atkins, Levack, Garden. Conv – Levack, Garden)
Final – Blackwatch 47 – Mackie 24 (tries – Atkins, Levack, Ross, Matehe. Conv – Levack x 2)
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