Series Leaders Defeat Scots

New Zealand 7s 38, Scotland 7s 10

The Scotland 7s team suffered their second defeat of the first day of competition at the Adelaide Sevens today at the hands of New Zealand, the 2006/07 IRB Sevens World Series champions and current Series leaders. New Zealand dashed to a 24-0 first half lead, but Scotland fought back after the break.

New Zealand 7s 38, Scotland 7s 10

The Scotland 7s team suffered their second defeat of the first day of competition at the Adelaide Sevens today at the hands of New Zealand, the 2006/07 IRB Sevens World Series champions and current Series leaders.

New Zealand dashed to a 24-0 first half lead, but Scotland fought back after the break.

Mike Adamson and Chris Fusaro both crossed the whitewash but two late converted tries for New Zealand denied the Scots any kind of comeback.

That result means that Scotland will now face Wales in the Bowl competition tomorrow as the Scots lost out on a place in the Cup quarter-finals to the Cook Islands on point's difference.

After the game, Scotland 7s coach, Stephen Gemmell said: It was a good effort, but again we made too many individual mistakes.

"We didn't make some key one-on-one tackles, which you have to do against New Zealand. The challenge now is to regroup before we face Wales tomorrow and make a big step up from last weekend."

Scotland 7s: Scott Forrest (Ayr)* CAPTAIN, Scott Newlands (Edinburgh), Richie Vernon (Glasgow Warriors), Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh), Mike Adamson (Glasgow Warriors), James Thompson (Heriot's)*, Colin Shaw (Glasgow Warriors)
Substitutes: Chris Fusaro (Heriot's)** for Newlands

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