Scotland 7s secured their place in the Rugby World Cup 7s Plate semi-final this morning, after beating their quarter-final opponents, Portugal 17-0.
Two tries before the break from captain Colin Gregor and stand-off Jim Thompson, saw them 12-0 up at half-time and then a third try in the second half from Mark Robertson, when he first touched the ball, sealed the win. Gregor converted his own score.
It was an impressive defensive effort that ultimately saw the Scots win the came, with them closing down the channels out wide and forcing mistakes through the middle.
Gregor said: “We knew we had to step up after last night’s no show match against South Africa.
“We lost a lot of pride yesterday and we did not want our Rugby World Cup campaign to end before midday today.
“We knew we were better than our pool games and we’re fortunate enough to have a chance to show that. We have seen off Portugal now and must step up again for Canada.
“We play best when we defend well, we set the tone of our game in that area, when we’re physical. In the Portugal match we’re closer to where we want to be. It’s now about backing up that win and giving an accurate reflection of this team as a group.”
Scotland 7s will play Canada 7s in their Plate semi-final at 12.34pm (BST). If they win that match they’ll play Samoa or Argentina in the final.
Subs: Mark Robertson (10mins), Michael Maltman, James Johnstone (both 12mins), Alex Glashan (13mins) and Michael Fedo (not used)
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