SEVEN! LEE IN TOP SCORING FORM FOR SCOTLAND AT IBROX
DOUBLE DELIGHT. Selkirk’s
Lee Jones kept Scotland in the hunt by scoring two well-taken tries in Saturday’s opening Pool A match against
New Zealand at Ibrox. [Photos: BRYAN JOHNSTON]
PROUD TO WEAR THE JERSEY. Scotland’s Commonwealth Games sevens squad line up for an official team photo, with Lee
Jones fourth from left in the front row. [Photo: Scottish Rugby/SNS]
FORMER Selkirk player Lee Jones did the club and his country proud in the Commonwealth Games Rugby Sevens at Ibrox
at the weekend, scoring a total of seven tries as Scotland battled bravely for one of the medal positions. Although
winning through to Sunday’s quarter-finals, the Scots had to give second-best to a super-charged South African
team, who went on to defeat New Zealand in a hard-fought final.
Speaking to the selkirkrfc.com web site on Monday, Lee had mixed feelings about Scotland’s performance over the
two days. “Day one was good for us, as we pushed New Zealand all the way and pulled off a convincing victory over
Canada to keep us in medal contention going into Sunday.
“Against South Africa we gave them too much of a head start, and although we managed to pull things back either
side of halftime, they finished really strongly to end our medal hopes. I thought the South Africans were one of
the best sevens teams I’ve ever played against, and after they beat us I knew they’d prove a handful for New Zealand.”
Scotland suffered further disappointment in the plate semi-final against England, being pipped 15-12. “This was
the third time we’d given our opponents a three-try lead,” said Lee, “and at this level it’s always hard pulling
back that kind of deficit. Still, the boys competed really well in each of these ties, but when you’re up against
the world’s two top sevens sides you can’t afford to let them get away early on.”
As well as being in Scotland’s starting line-up for each of their five ties, Lee also scored in every game - notching
two tries against New Zealand, two against Barbados and scoring one try in the matches against Canada, South Africa
and England. His seven-try total equalled the seven tries he scored in Delhi four years ago, making him Scotland’s
top Commonwealth Games try-scorer of all time.
The Ibrox two-day tournament also went into the record books by attracting the biggest ever crowd for any world
sevens tournament, with the two days of the competition attracting 180,000 spectators. “It was an amazing atmosphere,”
said Lee, “with an incredible noise level for every tie, regardless of who was playing. The whole crowd seemed
to be having a great time, and it was a brilliant showcase for international sevens.”
Away from the on-field action at Ibrox, Lee was able to chat with former Selkirk 1st XV captain Scott McColm and
his son Aaron, while Lee’s parents met up with Selkirk Rugby Club president Mick Craig and his wife Audrey, also
in Glasgow to watch the sevens. On Monday at the Merchant City, Lee met another ex-Selkirk player - Jim Jackson,
twin brother of Selkirk committee member Bill Jackson.
Lee, who is rooming with Stuart Hogg in the athletes’ village, has also been keeping an eye on the progress of
Scotland’s ladies hockey team, while also following the fortunes of girlfriend Charline Joiner in the cycling competition.
“It’s been an incredible experience,” said Lee, “and the atmosphere at every venue is fantastic. I’ve got to know
one or two of the boys in Scotland’s boxing squad, and this kind of camaraderie is what makes the whole event so
Here’s hoping Lee enjoys the rest of his week in Glasgow, and can help cheer on Scotland to its greatest ever Commonwealth
Games medal haul.
ONE MAN & HIS DOG – JAMES KEEPING FITNESS
LEVEL UP BY TAKING IT TO THE MAX!
TAIL OF THE UNEXPECTED. Selkirk
1st XV hooker James Bett doesn’t believe in taking things easy at weekends during the summer, and most Sundays
can be found running up the Corbie Linn track on his way to the Three Brethren. Invariably accompanying him is
family pet Max, who doesn’t seem to mind joining the 21-year-old player in a spot of pre-season training. Keep
up the good work James! [Photo: JOHN SMAIL]
SELKIRK PLAYERS PULLING THEIR WEIGHT IN
NEW ZEALAND AS PLAY-OFFS BECKON
HERE’S MUD IN YOUR EYE! Souter
‘exiles’ Sean Nixon, Peter Forrest, Darren Scott and Kieran Reid pictured after Kirwee’s narrow 10-3 loss in a
table-topping clash with Lincoln in New Zealand’s Canterbury Country League. A win this Saturday will see Kirwee
qualify for the semi-finals of the league play-offs. [Photo courtesy of Rob Forrest]
SPARK ENERGY EMPLOYEES ENJOY FAMILY DAY
FUN AT PHILIPHAUGH GET-TOGETHER
STRIKE A LIGHT! There was no shortage
of entertainment at Philiphaugh this past Saturday, when for the second year in a row local company Spark Energy
treated its employees to a fun day out. [Photo: GRANT KINGHORN]