With a combination of experience, youth and blistering pace Grangemouth deservedly took the spoils at Falkirk’s inaugural William Scott’s Seven’s Tournament.
The Stags sealed the title in the last competition in the Forth Valley Series, at a bright and sunny Cala Park last Saturday, defeating Strathendrick by 36-29 in the final, after leading by 19-12 at the break.
Both local sides were depleted, with Falkirk’s first team squad in Selkirk on sevens duty and Grangemouth’s absent through a paintballing outing.
That prompted a return for a number of experienced players with returns for Davie Angus, Stevie Binnie and Ronnie Innes who helped the Stags on to victory.
The Stags opened against McLaren and found themselves a score down before running out comfortable winners 38-17 with three tries from Mncube, two from Dempsey and another from Pedyo.
Falkirk’s second string fought out to a 31-12 defeat to Stirling County before the local rivals met in the second pool match.
Grangemouth played Falkirk and demolished their hosts with a 59-0 win. Dempsey ran in four while Mncube and Randalls doubles allowed Serafini to complete the rout.
This set up the final against Strathendrick. The Fintry side had won all their pool games and had won their own sevens a few weeks ago defeating the Stags in the process. Strathendrick also fielded ex Stags captain Caine McIntyre in a rare outing in a sevens event.
The final proved to be a high scoring and entertaining match. Grangemouth scored first with Dempsey going in under the posts before their opponents hit back with two scores to lead 12 -7.
However before half time Mncube scored twice to give the Stags a 19-12 lead at the break. Once again Strathendrick hit back and added another couple of tries to lead 24-19.
However Grangemouth then added three more scores from Mncube, twice, and Dempsey before Strathendrick added a consolation score with the last play to leave the final score 36 -31.
And so after being runners-up twice in previous weeks the Stags finally won a sevens tournament and Mncube duly collected the William Scott trophy.
This was a good all round performance by the Stags with Mncube and Dempsey dominating the scoring with 17 of the 21 tries.
In the final of the plate McLaren defeated Alloa while in the bowl final Stirling County edged out Falkirk to take fifth place.