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A crowd of nearly 10,000 people watched the Saracens seize a narrow victory at the Melrose Sevens last night. They defeated French side Clermont Auvergne 24-22 in a closely fought match. The ball for the final was delivered onto the pitch by Grand National winning jockey, Ryan Mania from Galashiels.
Pubs in the town were packed all evening as people celebrated the biggest sporting event in the Borders. Many fans turned up in fancy dress to watch the action.
People in Melrose are making the most of the Rugby 7s weekend by dressing up!
The biggest date in the Borders' sporting calendar, The Melrose Sevens, got underway today in front of huge crowds who'd gathered beneath blue skies. Players from around the world are at the tournament.
The 2013 event is also a year of firsts in the competition's history; an Indian team will compete this weekend and also a female referee will take to the pitch.
The 7's is not just a huge sporting event for the Borders, but also an vital economic opportunity. It's the one night of the year local hotels can expect to be full with spectators keen to get a glimpse of the action.
After a long Winter which has hit the area hard, it's hoped the event will kick start the summer season for local businesses. Certainly the weather is co-operating with crowds enjoying the event so far under blue skies.
Preparations are well underway for Rugby Sevens in Melrose. This year's event will feature the first female referee, Alex Pratt from New Zealand.
Rugby Sevens was founded in Melrose back in 1883 and is now played internationally.
This year is the 123rd tournament and it is a big celebratory date in the Melrose sporting calendar. Melrose Sevens was first played at The Greenyards, Melrose Rugby Club's home ground.
Then ten most prestigious of the Borders tournaments make up a league competition which is called the Kings of the Sevens. Teams gain points dependent on their progression in individual tournaments.
The winner has ten points, the runner-up takes seven, semi-finalists gain five points and those who are eliminated keep three points.
Rugby players from around the world are in Melrose this evening, ahead of the biggest date on the calender for Borders rugby - the Melrose Sevens.
This year, teams from France and India are taking part in the action.
Jenny Longden has this report:
Preparations are underway for the biggest rugby event in the Borders calender - the Melrose sevens tournament.
Jenny Longden has been following the preparations:
The Borders town of Melrose has been preparing for their biggest annual sporting event.
The 123rd playing of the 'Melrose Sevens', which date back to 1883, were founded by Ned Haig and the game of rugby sevens is now played on an international stage from Hong Kong to Scotland.
The tournament brings hundreds of visitors into the town every year and shop owners have been preparing for their arrival by dressing their shop windows.
Rugby teams from around the world will be descending on the Scottish Borders today, ahead of the world's oldest seven-a-side competition.
The Melrose sevens dates back to 1883 and regularly has sides from South Africa, Hong Kong and Japan competing.