Saracens retained the Melrose Sevens title, defeating Clermont Auvergne 24-22 in a close-fought final at the Greenyards on Saturday evening.
The north London club trailed 17-22 to a young French side with time running out but, in the very last move of the match, Joe Maddock burst through to score a try and Nils Mordt’s nerveless drop-kick conversion won the day.
Joe Shaw, coach, said: “It has been a fantastic effort by the entire squad of some experienced players and a few youngsters. Some of our turnaround times were very tight during the course of the day, and the guys were almost out on their feet at the end, but they came through in the end.”
Nils Mordt, captain, said: “It was Kelly Brown who suggested we compete in this tournament last year and we have really enjoyed ourselves again. Melrose feels like the home of sevens, and this is a unique tournament in a unique place.”