South Seas Squeeze On Sevens Scots

South Pacific nations got the better of Scotland on day two of the IRB World Series 7s tournament in Dubai. Scotland lost 5-28 to Fiji in the Cup quarter-final and were then eliminated from the Plate semi-final 19-28 by Samoa. Overall, however, coach Stephen Gemmell was able to draw some encouragement from the opening tournament of the season.

South Pacific nations got the better of Scotland on day two of the IRB World Series 7s tournament in Dubai.

Scotland lost 5-28 to Fiji in the Cup quarter-final and were then eliminated from the Plate semi-final 19-28 by Samoa. Overall, however, coach Stephen Gemmell was able to draw some encouragement from the opening tournament of the season.

"Once again we qualified for a Cup quarter-final and the form the boys displayed against Samoa - a top four team on the world sevens circuit last season, who only scored the try to settle the tie right at the death - was impressive.

"We've got Samoa in our pool in George next week and on the basis of our display today we know that's a game we have the potential to win, he said.

Scotland's try against Fiji was scored in the first-half by Ruaridh Jackson, whose last-gasp score against France on day one had been crucial in ensuring their qualification for the knockout stages. Scotland also defeated the Arabian Gulf yesterday to sit alongside a loss to New Zealand.

Against Samoa, who were knocked out by England in the Cup quarter-final, Colin Gregor notched Scotland's first try but from trailing only 5-7 at half-time the Samoans opened up a 5-21 lead. Scotland's response saw Stephen McColl and Chris Kinloch cross for tries, both converted by Gregor to narrow the gap to 19-21. However, Samoa's final converted try sealed their win

Scotland will travel to South Africa for next week's tournament where, in addition to Samoa, they face Australia and Tunisia in a tough pool.

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