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.
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.