Scotland posted their second win in the pool stages of the IRB World Series 7s circuit in Dubai this afternoon accounting for the Arabian Gulf 27-5.
Coupled with their earlier victory against France, the result means Stephen Gemmell's men must await the outcome of the tie between the French and the reigning world champions, New Zealand, to see if they reach the knockout stages of the Cup. Victory for the Kiwis will ensure the Scots reach the quarter-finals for the sixth successive tournament.
Against the Arabian Gulf, the Scots made a brisk start and led 12-0 at the break through tries by Ruaridh Jackson and Chris Kinloch, the Edinburgh Academicals' score being converted by Colin Gregor.
James Thompson and Scott Newlands touched down for second-half scores and though the Gulf pulled back one try, the Scots had the final say with a Stephen McColl try.
Gemmell said: "This was always going to be a tricky tie for us against the local side with the 35,000 strong crowd behind them. I was disappointed we conceded a try but the squad has come a very long way in a short space of time.
"We've five new players to the IRB circuit and four of the squad are aged 18 so to win two of our ties today, especially when you see the likes of Kenya beating Wales and Canada drawing with England, results which underline that any team is capable of results here, then we have to be pleased with that progress."
The France v New Zealand game kicks-off at 2.50pm GMT today.
In their first tie of the day Scotland lost 5-41 to New Zealand. France beat the Arabian Gulf 26-0 in their first tie so the French have to beat New Zealand to stand any chance of reaching the Cup quarter-finals.
(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
Scotland's starting 7 against the Arabian Gulf was: Forrest, Fusaro, McColl, Gregor, Jackson, Thompson and Kinloch. Introduced to the team were Newlands, Forrester and Dymock.