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Gala opened the 109th Melrose Sevens with a comfortable victory over Stewarts/Mellville, to set up a clash with West of Scotland in round two.
Chris Paterson grabbed a hattrick of touchdowns in a 43-14 win, whilst the maroons added other scores through Kevin Amos, Gary Brown and Michael Dodds.
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Report by Andrew Innes. Photographs by Mathew Tunnoch.