KELSO Ladies warmed up for the new season with silver success in the Queens of the 10s tournament last weekend.

The Tweedsiders faced Wigtownshire and home team Livingston Bulls in the round-robin group stage.

Despite Wigtownshire impressing with a comfortable victory over the hosts, Kelso proved a cut above.

The Borders girls ran in several first half tries, and despite Shire rallying at the start of the second half it was Kelso who won with several tries to spare.

With only a 10 minute rest until facing the Bulls, Kelso head coach James Shannly introduced several new squad players into action.

In an end-to-end match Kelso again emerged victorious.

The semi final against West of Scotland began with a blow as the match was to be played with uncontested scrums, taking away much of Kelso's dominance in their previous first round encounters.

It was nip and tuck all the way with the teams swapping tries either side of half time.

With West two points in front going into the final minute Kelso Ladies managed to summon up extra energy and play the best phases of the game, running from their own 22 meter line to score with only 30 seconds left on the clock.

West of Scotland attempted to rally from the kick off but scrum half Donna Borthwick collected and put the ball into touch for victory and a place in the final.

Oban proved to be a step too far in the final with the more experienced West coasters running out winners.

Head coach Shannly told us: "In the final began we were up against a team which had played together much more than us and their support play was good.

"We held our own and pressed their line on numerous occasions but with five newbies on the pitch it was their experience which told and we finished as very happy runners up.

"Despite losing our ladies could still walk away holding their heads high and look forward to the start of the 15 aside season.

"This tournament showed the massive improvement in our team from last season."

Kelso Ladies Rugby Club was established in 2015, and the following year took part in the National Development League.

This season they will compete in BT Women’s National League 2.

Training is open to all ages, and takes place on a Wednesday and Friday evening from 6:30pm, either at Croft Park or Poynder Park.