Scots To Build On Bowl As They Look Ahead To Edinburgh Finale

The Scotland 7s team exited the Emirates Airline London 7s in the semi-final of the third-tier Bowl competition following defeat to a very handy Portugal side.

The Portuguese ran Shield finalists Kenya to within two points yesterday and hit the ground running this morning with a 41-0 win over Italy.

However, Scotland failed to halt their winning streak and will now turn full attention to the longer-term goal of achieving success in their home tournament next week at the finale of the IRB Sevens World Series at Murrayfield - the Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s.

The Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s is the eighth and final leg of the IRB Sevens World Series. It will be held at Murrayfield on 29 and 30 May 2010. Tickets are available to by logging onto www.edinburgh7s.com by calling the 24-hour Ticket Hotline - 0844 335 3933 or in person from the Murrayfield Ticket Centre, Gate A, Roseburn Street, Edinburgh (open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday).

The Scotland 7s team exited the Emirates Airline London 7s in the semi-final of the third-tier Bowl competition following defeat to a very handy Portugal side.

The Portuguese ran Shield finalists Kenya to within two points yesterday and hit the ground running this morning with a 41-0 win over Italy.

However, Scotland failed to halt their winning streak and will now turn their attention to their longer-term goal of achieving success in their home tournament next week at the finale of the IRB Sevens World Series at Murrayfield – the Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s.

After their exit from the tournament, vice-captain Greig Laidlaw, said: “Although things were focussed on next weekend, this week remained very important.

“We're disappointed. There are a lot of positives to take out of the weekend but overall we’re disappointed.”

In response to the brief amount of game-time this squad had together prior to the weekend, Laidlaw continued: “We came in last year and maybe took everyone by surprise. We knew it was going to be a lot tougher this year and it’s certainly proven that way.

“The IRB circuit has moved on big time, and maybe we were caught cold in the first couple of games where many of us were maybe caught in our XVs mentality – especially in defence.”


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Bowl Quarter-Final - Scotland 21-12 France

Scotland made a positive start to their opening tie as Andrew Turnbull sparked an attack in the first minute.

The Edinburgh winger tracked back to drag two defenders in towards him. He offloaded to John Houston who burst up-field.

Turnbull continued in support and received the ball back before stepping the last defender and touching down. Mike Adamson converted. 7-0.

Despite retaining possession for the majority of the first half, Scotland didn't finish as they had hoped as Camille Canivet had the pace and power to beat Adamson to the line. 7-5.

Half-time score: Scotland 7-5 France

France then took the lead when Ally Hogg was sold a winding run before Turnbull and Adamson missed two crucial tackles, slipping off the legs of Manoel Dall Igna. 7-12.

Scotland always looked the more controlled side, however, and they continued to hold onto the ball, eventually managing to convert opportunities into tries in the closing stages.

Roddy Grant was brought to ground and popped the ball up to Ally Hogg. With Mark Robertson, who had earlier come on for Turnbull, running a superb line in support, Hogg was able to sell a dummy pass and waltz in towards the posts. Adamson converted. 14-12.

Alex Blair took the field for a longer period in this first match of the second day of competition and provided immediate impact.

Following a superb kick-off with his first touch of the ball, he ripped the ball out of the ruck and sent Robertson on his way.

The Melrose-bred winger backed both his pace and tremendous step to dance towards the whitewash. Blair converted. 21-12.

Fulltime score: Scotland 21-12 France

Scotland 7s v France: John Houston (Edinburgh), Ally Hogg (Edinburgh), Roddy Grant (Edinburgh), Mike Adamson, Colin Shaw, Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh), Andrew Turnbull (Edinburgh)
Subs: Scott Forrest for Hogg, Mark Robertson (Edinburgh) for Turnbull and Alex Blair (Edinburgh Accies) for Adamson

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Bowl Semi-Final – Portugal 24-19 Scotland

Scotland opened the scoring in this Bowl semi-final fixture through flanker Roddy Grant.

Portugal were penalised for holding the ball on the deck on the Scotland 22-metre-line from where the Scots advanced to the opposite end of the field.

Nice interlinking play saw Grant's pass to Ally Hogg returned round the back of a defender to put the Edinburgh powerhouse in for the try. Mike Adamson converted. 0-7.

But Portugal soon put their mark on the game.

Some tremendous football skills from Pedro Leal saw him dribble the ball between knee and boot. Mark Robertson's attempt to force Leal to ground concluded with the winger on the deck himself and Leal dotting down over the line. 5-7.

Portugal gained the lead at half-time as a miss tackle from Hogg sent Antonia de Aguilar over the line despite a tap-tackle attempt from Adamson. 10-7.

Half-time score: Portugal 10-7 Scotland

The second half bore two tries apiece, but it certainly didn't start as planned.

Just as Scotland should have been imposing their authority on the game, the restart from Adamson went out on the full, bringing play back to half-way and in Portuguese possession.

Portugal got their tails up and were soon crossing the Twickenham try line once more.

Leal carried the ball from half-way before a good step and support was enough to send David Mateus in for their third score. 17-7.

Just as Scotland gave a fine display of their attacking threat, with Andrew Turnbull stepping inside two defenders and following it up with fooling the fullback with his tricky feet to score under the posts, they couldn't back it up in defence. 17-14.

Both Greig Laidlaw and Mike Adamson couldn't hold onto Mateus as he soared past for his second try of the match. 24-14.

Selkirk winger Lee Jones, who had impressed during his brief stint in yesterday's win over Russia, crossed for what was to be a consolation try at the death as Adamson and Laidlaw linked up to send the youngster through. 24-19.

Fulltime score: Portugal 24-19 Scotland

Scotland 7s v Portugal: Mark Robertson (Edinburgh), John Houston (Edinburgh), Ally Hogg (Edinburgh), Roddy Grant (Edinburgh), Mike Adamson, Colin Shaw, Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh)
Subs: Chris Fusaro (Heriot's) for Shaw, Andrew Turnbull (Edinburgh) for Robertson and Lee Jones (Selkirk) for Houston

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Scotland 7s squad to compete at the IRB Sevens World Series in London (22 and 23 May) and Edinburgh (29 and 30 May): Scott Forrest CAPTAIN*, Mike Adamson*, Alex Blair (Edinburgh Accies)**, Chris Fusaro (Heriot's)**, Roddy Grant (Edinburgh), Ally Hogg (Edinburgh), John Houston (Edinburgh), Lee Jones (Selkirk)**, Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh), Mark Robertson (Edinburgh), Colin Shaw*, Andrew Turnbull (Edinburgh)

* = Scotland 7s contracted player
** = Member of Scottish Rugby's National Academy

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London 7s pools, fixtures and results

Pool D - Emirates Airline London 7s
Australia, England, Scotland, Russia

Scotland's Pool D results on day one of the Emirates Airline London 7s
Game 1: Australia 43-17 Scotland
Game 2: England 36-10 Scotland
Game 3: Scotland 24-7 Russia

Scotland’s results in the knock-out stages (day two) of the Emirates Airline London 7s
Bowl quarter-final: Scotland 21-12 France
Bowl semi-final: Portugal 24-19 Scotland

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Edinburgh 7s Pools and Fixtures

Pool C - Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s
USA, Fiji, Wales, Scotland

Scotland's Pool C fixtures on day one of the Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s
Fiji v Scotland (kick-off 12.09pm)
USA v Scotland (kick-off 3.13pm)
Wales v Scotland (kick-off 7.01pm)

The Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s is the eighth and final leg of the IRB Sevens World Series. It will be held at Murrayfield on 29 and 30 May 2010. Tickets are available to by logging onto www.edinburgh7s.com by calling the 24-hour Ticket Hotline - 0844 335 3933 or in person from the Murrayfield Ticket Centre, Gate A, Roseburn Street, Edinburgh (open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday).

Ticket prices
Adult one day advance ticket - £15 (£20 on the day).
One day student and under-18 - £10 and £5.
Senior citizen one day - £10.
Family one day advance ticket - £35 (two adults & two children).

All tickets are any day tickets - valid for either day of the event.

Tickets for the Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s are available to buy on match day.