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.
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).
|7||Branco Du Preez|
|6||South Africa 7s||1||0||1||0||1|
|Fiji 7s||17||v||10||Scotland 7s|
|Scotland 7s||7||v||10||Canada 7s|
|Scotland 7s||12||v||7||South Africa 7s|