Scottish Thistles 19 - Cottesloe 7
The Scotland 7s development squad, the Scottish Thistles, finished fifth at the SCC International Rugby Sevens today, lifting the Plate.
The Scots scored 253 points in seven games over two days of competition, conceding only 43.
After the final, coach Stephen Gemmell said: We've come here and the players have dealt well with the short turnaround between games and the conditions, especially the heat. They've also had a valuable experience to play rugby at this level before the IRB Sevens World Series begins in Dubai, also the venue for the Rugby World Cup Sevens in March.
"Although we'd all have preferred to be in the Cup competition, winning becomes a habit and I'm delighted we were able to win the Plate."
The Thistles scored first through captain Scott Forrest, Rory Hutton converting, to give the Scots a 7-0 lead at half-time.
Hutton then crossed for a try of his own before Roddy Grant crossed the line. Graham Hogg added the extra two points.
Cottesloe grabbed a late converted try but the Thistles had done enough to seal the 19-7 victory.
Scottish Thistles: Scott Forrest (Ayr)* CAPTAIN, Kevin Bryce (Stirling County)**, Roddy Grant (West of Scotland)*, Ashleah McCulloch (Aberdeen Grammar Rugby)**, Mike Adamson (Glasgow Warriors), Graham Hogg (Hawick)*, Tom Bury (Boroughmuir)**
Substitutes: Rory Hutton (Hawick)* for Adamson, Grant Anderson (Ayr)* for Bury, Chris Fusaro (Heriot's)* for Bryce
* = Member of Scottish Rugby's National Academy
** = Member of Scottish Rugby's Area Institute supported National Academy