Scots Russian In The Scores In Final Pool Game

In their last game of day one at the IRB Sevens World Series in London, Scotland romped past its last pool opponents, Russia to post a 31-7 win.
Scotland now face Fiji in tomorrow's Cup quarter finals, who won all of their ties against Canada (29-5), Portugal (39-0) and Australia (12-10).

Scotland 7s coach, Stephen Gemmell, said: "We came out and we performed well against Russia. The guys deserved the opportunity, they've worked hard to come back from the disappointment of Hong Kong and Adelaide and having Colin Gregor and Andy Turnbull made a difference. 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."

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 and sent a lovely miss pass across Turnbull to Vernon to cross the line 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 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, Adamson, made a huge arching run along and around defensive line 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 1st VII
1 Scott Forrest CAPTAIN
2 Colin Shaw
5 Jim Thompson
8 Colin Gregor
10 Greig Laidlaw
11 Andrew Turnbull
12 Richie Vernon

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