Scots Recover After Heavy Defeat

Scotland made a poor start in the IRB Sevens World Series tournament in George, South Africa, this morning, losing 7-38 against Samoa. But they recovered for an excellent victory against Australia by 21-10 in the afternoon.Scotland made a poor start in the IRB Sevens World Series tournament in George, South Africa, this morning, losing 7-38 against Samoa. But they recovered for an excellent victory against Australia by 21-10 in the afternoon.

A try by 18-year-old Chris Fusaro gave the Scots the opening lead against Australia. Colin Gregor converted, but the Australians came back, cutting the Scots to a two-point lead at the interval and then going ahead at 10-7 early in the second half.

However, Scotland responded with tries by Richie Vernon and Stevie McColl. Gregor converted both for a victory that kept the Scots in with a strong chance of qualifying for their seventh successive Cup quarter-final in the IRB series. To guarantee that they have to beat Tunisia in their final pool match.

"They had a lot more belief in themselves," commented Stephen Gemmell, the Scots' coach, in comparing the win against Australia with the defeat by Samoa. "They're back where they were last weekend." A week ago the Scots reached the Dubai Cup quarter-finals before falling against Samoa in the Plate semi-finals.

Scotland were confident going into the rematch against Samoa, the opening game of the George tournament, and all seemed to be well when Gregor opened the scoring with a try that he converted. But Samoa responded with six tries, three in each half.

However, immediately after that defeat the Scots were given a boost when Australia and Tunisia draw 12-all. The door to the Cup quarter-finals was ajar again.