It was a solemn end to Scotland 7s’ 2013 Rugby World Cup campaign in Moscow, bowing out to Canada in the Plate semi-final, 21-7.
In the end the Canadians bettered them, but their shape and defence were still a step-up from the agony of the South African game on day two.
Also, 19-year-old Chris Dean showed he is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with, scoring the team’s only try of the match and his third of the tournament. However, he was taken off with two minutes left in the first period due to injury.
In the end the Scots won three of their five games and ended 11th in the overall standings, one place above their final position in the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series.
Head coach, Stephen Gemmell, said: “We’re disappointed, we put ourselves in a good position at half-time, but when Jim [Thompson] was unable to ground the ball it was a turning point.
“In the second half we were passive and looked like we didn’t want to lose the game rather than wanting to win it. We sat off and let Canada into the game.
“Overall it has been a disappointing tournament and it has mirrored our season. There were good performances but we really lacked consistency, both mentally and physically.
“We’ve won three out of five games but it’s not good enough and not where we want to operate. We will have to work hard in pre-season to improve, technical, physical and mental aspects of our game.”
Scotland 7s will take a break now before beginning their pre-season in the last week of July. They will next be in competitive action on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September in Bucharest at a FIRA-AER sevens tournament and then the opening weekend of the HSBC Sevens World Series on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October in the Gold Coast, Australia.
Subs: Mark Robertson (6mins), Alex Glashan, Michael Maltman (both 10mins), James Johnstone (12mins) and Michael Fedo (not used)
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