Scots Lose Opening Tie In Dubai

Scotland lost their opening tie of the IRB World Series 7s tournament in Dubai this morning dispatched by reigning world champions New Zealand 5-41. Coach Stephen Gemmell's young squad trailed 0-19 at the break and had the last word in the contest with scrum-half Andrew Dymock (Dundee HSFP) crossing for their lone try in reply to seven scores from New Zealand.

Scotland lost their opening tie of the IRB World Series 7s tournament in Dubai this morning dispatched by reigning world champions New Zealand 5-41.

Coach Stephen Gemmell's young squad trailed 0-19 at the break and had the last word in the contest with scrum-half Andrew Dymock (Dundee HSFP) crossing for their lone try in reply to seven scores from New Zealand.

Gemmell said: "We played reasonably well in the first-half when we kept a bit of ball but we were punished when we made mistakes. We tried to force things in contact and started to fall off tackles."

The Scots, who are in Pool A, must also face France and the Arabian Gulf today, the French winning their opening game of the day 26-0 against the locals.

Gemmell added: "We now need to regroup. Our next game's against France and we always knew that would be a big game."

That match is due to kick-off at 10.48 GMT, while Scotland's game against the Arabian Gulf is due to start at 1.22pm.

Scotland 7s squad

(sponsored by Murray) for IRB tournaments in Dubai (30 November and 1 December) and George (7 and 8 December)

Scott Forrest (Ayr)* CAPTAIN, Calum Forrester (GHA)*, Richie Vernon (Glasgow Warriors), Scott Newlands (Edinburgh), Chris Fusaro (Heriot’s)**, Stephen McColl (Dunfermline)*, Colin Gregor (Glasgow Warriors), Chris Kinloch (Edinburgh Accies)*, James Thompson (Heriot’s)*, Andrew Dymock (Dundee HSFP)**, Grant Anderson (Ayr)**, Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Hawks)*.

Coach - Stephen Gemmell; Physio - Dan Moore; Manager - Karen Burnett

* = Member of Scottish Rugby's National Senior Academy

** = Member of Scottish Rugby's National Junior Academy and supported by Area Institute of Sport