The 63rd playing of Kirkcaldy Sevens for the Heggie Cup, sponsored by legal firm Digby Brown, at Beveridge Park last Saturday, survived almost every form of adverse weather but ended in bright spring sunshine, with a new name on the trophy.
Falkirk became the seventh different winner in the last seven years and fully justified the winners’ tag with a comprehensive 41-0 victory in the final against Edinburgh-based RHC.
The Kirkcaldy tournament has now been accepted into the nationally-recognised Legacy Series and this had the effect of an improved entry list and broadening the experience of Kirkcaldy Sevens players, who will now be involved in the abbreviated game for the next month.
The Kirkcaldy tournament was in the doldrums for several years, plagued by regular late call-offs of sides, leaving lop-sided draws.
This year, the event received a real shot in the arm and is likely to improve in quality in the future, with a probable 16-team draw next year.
The Heggie Cup organisers opted for a 12 team competition with the sides divided into four pools of three sides. The host club fielded two teams, Kirkcaldy Blues and the Kirkcaldy Reds.
The Blues were included in Group 1 along with Preston Lodge and Murrayfield Wanderers.
Both the Blues and Preston Lodge comfortably disposed of 2013 cup winners, Murrayfield Wanderers, but their tie ended in a 14-14 draw.
Although the Blues had the better points differential, Preston were declared pool winners as they had scored one more try than the hosts.
The Midlothian side thereby progressed to the semi-final, whereas Kirkcaldy had to be content with the subsidiary plate competition, in which they defeated Howe of Fife 43-5 in the semi-final.
The Reds side also went forward to the plate after finishing in second place in their pool, having beaten Greenock Wanderers but losing to Falkirk.
They came a cropper in their semi with a thumping 45-5 loss to Hamilton.
This meant the Blues and Hamilton would meet in the Plate Final.
The first cup semi-final between Preston Lodge and RHC went very much the way of the Edinburgh team, showing real style in a 33-14 win.
The other semi was a much closer contest but Falkirk eventually pulled away form cup holders Boroughmuir with a 26-12 win.
Prior to the Falkirk v RHC final, the Plate Final between the Blues and Hamilton proved to be the most entertaining game of the afternoon, with the lead changing hands several times .
The Blues clinched the win seconds from the end to emerge 32-26 victors, scoring five tries to their opponents’ four, with each side managing three conversions.
The final proved something of an anti-climax, with RHC offering little resistance to a rampant Falkirk team who ran in seven tries with three conversions without conceding a single point.