Berwick set for big day out in Shield Final at Murrayfield

Berwick Rugby Club are preparing for one of the biggest days in their history when they set out for Murrayfield this weekend.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 24 April, 2019, 15:02

On Saturday, the Blacks will be going for silver when they contest the final of the National Shield against Greenock Wanderers.

The Scremerston outfit, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary year, are hoping to cap what has already been a fantastic season by lifting a trophy on finals day at the national stadium.

So far, they have won East League 1, winning all their games after an opening day draw, and this has gained them promotion to the National Leagues for 2019-20.

In addition to that, they have already won the Border Shield, while their 2nd XV have won their respective Northumberland County Cup and the Colts reached the final of their cup competition as well.

“Yes, it’s been a fantastic season all round for the club,” said manager Owen Weatherhead. “But winning the National Shield at Murrayfield really would be a great way to end the year.

“It would be the icing on the cake. But in saying that, we know we cannot afford to take anything for granted.

“Greenock are a very good side – they have reached the final on their own merits and I am sure they will be going all out to win as well.

“It will make for a very interesting game, but I know our lads will be pumped up for this one. After all, it’s not every day you get to play at Murrayfield.”

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It’s been a busy week for Berwick – on Saturday they played their penultimate league game of the season against Forrester, and on Sunday they staged their annual Sevens tournament at Scremerston.

Berwick warmed up for their appearance at Murrayfield next weekend with a comfortable 40-19 victory over Forrester in Edinburgh in their penultimate league fixture.

The Scremerston outfit ran in seven tries with Gareth Hill bagging four in the first half.

Darren Goodfellow also touched down in the opening period as the Blacks built up a comfortable 33-7 lead by the break.

In the second half, Forrester hit back with two converted tries of their own, but Berwick also scored another converted try to take maximum points and cement their position as unbeaten leaders at the top of the table.

Also on Saturday, Berwick staged the final of the Northumberland County Cup, which was contested by Alnwick and Morpeth, Alnwick running out 39-3 winners.

The Sevens on Sunday was blessed with fine weather and the event winners were Watsonians, who beat Boroughmuir 24-17 in the final.

Boroughmuir had won the Hawick Sevens the previous day but were unable to make it a quick-fire double.

Edinburgh Accies currently lead the Kings of the Sevens table with 30 points from the five rounds, followed by Watsonians on 28. Berwick currently have six points.