It was the ideal start to the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s this afternoon for Scotland 7s. They opened their campaign with a 19-7 win against Australia and built a strong platform to strive for qualification to the Cup quarter-finals on day two.
Head coach, Stephen Gemmell, said: "We didn't start the we way wanted to, but the players showed character, accuracy and a hard work-rate and we managed to come back and win.
"We now have a platform to build on, but this is only game one, we have to back that performance up. Quality teams back performances like that up."
The side started well, but let the first points slip into their opponents hands when Cameron Clark crossed for the Wallabies early. However, minutes later a decisive score from Scott Riddell, who was impressive throughout the match, brought the scoreboard level.
Captain, Colin Gregor having converted the first try, then put his side in front, on the half-time hooter, when he picked up a perfect pass from Nick De Luca and was in under the posts. The Scots led 14-7 at half-time.
The score remained unchanged for the majority of the second period and both sides made it to each others 22, but were let down by penalties and handling errors. At this point Australia had slightly more possession, but the Scots were resilient in defence, Riddell leading by example.
With seconds left on the clock Scott Wight, who also commanded the game well from stand-off, put his supporting man, Lee Jones into space, for the final and decisive try of the match. Gregor converted the first two tries.
Tries: Scott Riddell, Colin Gregor and Lee Jones
Conversions: Colin Gregor (2)
Starting team: Scott Riddell, Richie Vernon, James Eddie, Colin Gregor, Nick De Luca, Scott Wight and Lee Jones.
Replacements: Colin Shaw, Chris Dean (both 10mins), Michael Maltman (11mins), Alex Glashan and Andrew Turnbull (not used).
|Scotland 7s||33||v||12||Spain 7s|
|Australia 7s||36||v||7||Spain 7s|