Scotland 7S Book Place In Cup Quarter Finals

Scotland made the quarter finals of the IRB 7s cup with a confident victory over Russia in the final Pool D tie of the afternoon. With both teams winning one from two in earlier games the winner would take all - Scotland were up for that challenge from the get go with three first half tries giving them the cushion needed to cruise into the knock-out stages.

Scotland made the quarter finals of the IRB 7s cup with a confident victory over Russia in the final Pool D tie of the afternoon.

With both teams winning one from two in earlier games the winner would take all - Scotland were up for that challenge from the get go with three first half tries giving them the cushion needed to cruise into the knock-out stages.

Scotland were quick to score when their characteristic long cross field spin passes found the hands of speedster Andrew Turnbull who dummied the outside to glide in at the upright. Colin Gregor made sure Scotland took full points from their early efforts, 7-0.

The Scots soon went two scores ahead when Gregor fed Laidlaw from the base of the ruck, Laidlaw straightened up the Russian's defensive line and sent a lovely miss pass across Turnbull to Vernon who crossed the line at the corner flag. This time Gregor's kick was just wide. 12-0

The final try of the half came as Gregor found Vernon in space out wide on the left, the big forward slapped off an attempted tackle and bounded in from the 22 for his fourth try in two games this afternoon. Gregor added the extras to send the Scots in at the interval with a comfortable lead.

Half time: 19-0

Scotland continued to dominate the tie in the second half and Fusaro's battle for a 50-50 ball at the touch line paid off as the retained possession was fed back to Turnbull who dummied the wide pass to dart through the centres from the 10m line. Gregor converted, 26-0.

Russia scored a late consolation try through Andrei Kuzin who held off Turnbull half way inside the 22 to squeeze across the line. Yury Kushnarev's kick made it 26-7.

As the minutes ticked by in the second half the game looked certain to go Scotland's way.

Late substitute, Admason, made a huge arching run along and around defensive line to put the game well out of Russia's reach.

Gregor's missed conversion could not dampen the Scottish celebrations as they booked their place in the knock-out stages of the tournament.

Final Score: 31-7

Scotland now face Fiji after who won all of their Pool A ties against Canada (29-5), Portugal (39-0) and Australia (12-10).

Scotland 7s coach, Stevie Gemmell, said: "We came out and we performed well against Russia. The guy's deserved the opportunity, they've worked hard to come back from the disappointment of Hong Kong and Adelaide.

I've got 12 fit players for tomorrow so that makes a big difference, we'll play and if we perform as we have done we can give any team in this tournament a game.

Confidence is high and we'll go into the game against Fiji believing that we can win."

We came here with expectations. Not hopes"

Scotland 1st VII
1 Scott Forrest CAPTAIN
2 Colin Shaw
5 Jim Thompson
8 Colin Gregor
10 Greig Laidlaw
11 Andrew Turnbull
12 Richie Vernon

Replacements
3 Stevie Lawrie
4 Grant Anderson
6 Chris Fusaro
7 Ben Addison
9 Michel Addison

Russia 7s Squad
1 Evgeniy Matveev
2 Yury Kushnarev
3 Sergey Gavryushin
4 Victor Gresev
5 Nikolay Shugay
6 Mefodiy Chernykh
7 Alexander Shakirov
8 Evgeny Bystryakov
9 Sergey Bazhenov
10 Igor Galinovskiy
11 Mikhail Babaev
12 Andrei Kuzin

Quarter finals
(Bowl)
11.00am Wales v Spain (Bowl)
11.22am Russia v Canada (Bowl)
11.44pm Australia v Kenya (Bowl)
12.06pm France v Moldova (Bowl)

(Cup)
12:28pm New Zealand v England
12.50pm Samoa v Portugal
13:12pm Fiji v Scotland
13:34pm South Africa v Argentina

Scores on the day:

Pool A
New Zealand 24 v 0 Wales
Argentina 43 v 7 Moldova
Wales 21 v 21 Argentina
New Zealand 38 v 14 Moldova
Wales 52 v 7 Moldova
New Zealand 10 v 7 Argentina

Pool B
South Africa 22 v 7 England
England 33 v 5 France
South Africa 42 v 5 Spain
England 29 v 7 Spain
South Africa 40 v 0 France
France 31 v 5 Spain

Pool C
Fiji 12 v 10 Australia
Canada 14 v 17 Portugal
Australia 38 v 5 Canada
Fiji 39 v 0 Portugal
Australia 12 v 28 Portugal
Fiji 29 v 5 Canada

Pool D
Samoa 28 v 10 Kenya
Kenya 7 v 17 Russia
Kenya 5 v 17 Scotland
Samoa 31 v 12 Scotland
Samoa 33 v 10 Russia
Russia 7 v 31 Scotland