Scotland 7s vs South Africa 7s, Sun, 04/05/2014 - 12:40

Scotland 7s
12 - 7
Full time
South Africa 7s
Sunday, 4 May, 2014 - 12:40 |

Scotland 7s have made it to their third ever Cup semi-final on the HSBC Sevens World Series after defeating South Africa, 12-7 in their first match of day two at the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s.  Scotland now play Canada, their Commonwealth Games opponents, at 4.20pm.

Similarly to the Australia game on day one, they let a try in early, but then bounced back and closed their opposition out.  This time the scores were a little closer and one mistake could have ended the game on a whole different note.  

Head coach, Stephen Gemmell, said: "We showed what we are all about in this Cup quarter-final. 

Defensively we were outstanding and the players showed how much it means to them to play in front of a home crowd.  Not only that we just beat the second best sevens team in the world just now.

"We haven't achieved anything yet though, we have afforded ourselves another opportunity and we have to focus on finishing that job first."

Once again, the front three of Scott Riddell, James Eddie and Richie Vernon were impressive at the breakdown and built a platform to allow the backs to move the ball around.  Vernon scored the first try of the match before half-time, but a missed conversion saw the side trailing at the break, 5-7.

In the second period, Scotland defended courageously when South Africa had the ball, but they also managed to hold the majority of the possession.  Their second try was scored but Riddell, after some strong set-up from Nick De Luca and Eddie.

Match details

Tries: Scott Riddell and Richie Vernon
Conversion: Colin Gregor
Starting team: Scott Riddell, Richie Vernon, James Eddie, Colin Gregor, Nick De Luca, Scott Wight and Lee Jones.
Replacements: Chris Dean (11mins), Colin Shaw (13mins), Andrew Turnbull, Alex Glashan and Michael Maltman (not used).

Team lineups

Scotland 7s
South Africa 7s

Backs

1 Chris Dry
2 Philip Snyman
3 Frankie Horne
7 Branco Du Preez
8 Stephen Dippenaar
9 Justin Geduld
12 Seabelo Senatla

Forwards

Forwards

Substitutes

4 Jamba Ulengo
5 Werner Kok
6 Shaun Adendorff
10 Mark Richards
11 Kwagga Smith

Glasgow 7s 2014 table

PosTeamPWLDPts
1Scotland 7s541013
2Australia 7s32107
3Spain 7s31205
4Canada 7s11003
5USA30303
6South Africa 7s10101
7Fiji 7s00000

Full fixtures and results information is available from http://www.scottishrugby.org/tournaments-events/glasgow-7s/fixtures-results.

Glasgow 7s 2014 latest results

Fiji 7s 17 v 10 Scotland 7s
Scotland 7s 7 v 10 Canada 7s
Scotland 7s 12 v 7 South Africa 7s