Scotland 7s vs Japan 7s, Fri, 28/06/2013 - 16:35

Scotland 7s
19 - 17
Full time
Japan 7s
Friday, 28 June, 2013 - 16:35 |

The Rugby World Cup 7s started with a win for Scotland 7s, but it didn’t come easy with the score ending 19-17 versus Japan.

Scotland 7s v Japan 7s - RWC7sThe Scots scored early, with a fairytale start for 19 year-old Chris Dean, who powered through the tackle of his opposite man and in over the line on his debut. Soon after Andrew Turnbull went in for his first score of the tournament.

At half-time the Scots went in 12-0 up. Early in the second period Michael Fedo concluded the try count. The scores on either side of half-time were converted by captain Colin Gregor.

Head coach, Stephen Gemmell, said: “Overall there is relief, but we’re disappointed how we got the win. In the end of the day it’s a Rugby World Cup 7s win though.

“We scored a good try early on then reverted to playing as individuals, but then got our shape back and scored a couple more times. Ultimately, we gave Japan an opportunity and they came back into it.

“This really was a game of two halves! We need to apply our game throughout the 30 minutes we have tomorrow. We know we can play better than that.

“Your tournament can be over at the end of day one, but we get onto the bus with another chance and we go home with a win.”

Despite the 19-0 lead with five minutes to go on the clock, Japan lifted their game and competed physically at the breakdown, this saw them exploit gaps in the Scots defence and match our try count, with tries from Lote Tuqiri, Shota Emi and Kosuke Hashino.

Scotland 7s were almost in with two minutes left on the clock when Gregor spotted space behind the Japanese line. He chipped through and Fedo won the chase but he wasn’t quite able to scoop up the ball.

The Scots are next up against hosts Russia, who went down to South Africa, 31-0 this evening, at 10.02am (BST) tomorrow.

Subs: Mark Robertson, Struan Dewar (both 10mins),  James Johnstone (13mins), Jim Thompson and Michael Maltman (not used).

Team lineups

Scotland 7s
Japan 7s


1 Lote Tuqiri
2 Yusaku Kuwazuru
3 Lepuha Latuila
5 Daisuke Natsui
6 Katsuyuki Sakai
8 Shohei Toyoshima
12 Kazushi Hano





4 Opeti Faeamani
7 Shuetsu Narita
9 Kosuke Hashino
10 Shota Emi
11 Seiyu Kohara

IRB Rugby World Cup 7s 2013: Pool B table

1South Africa 7s33009
2Scotland 7s32107
3Japan 7s30215
4Russia 7s30214
<p>The results of this pool will determine which teams the Scotland 7s will face in the <a class="link-arrow" href="/fixtures-results/?competition=90354">knock-out stages</a> of the tournament.</p>

IRB Rugby World Cup 7s 2013: Pool B latest results

Russia 7s 17 v 17 Japan 7s
South Africa 7s 41 v 0 Scotland 7s
Scotland 7s 21 v 5 Russia 7s
South Africa 7s 33 v 0 Japan 7s
Scotland 7s 19 v 17 Japan 7s