Sevens Start All-Important For Scots

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson today spoke of the importance of a good start for the Scotland sevens team who will be competing in the inaugural Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s at Scotstoun this weekend.

Scotland 7s, coached by Graham Shiel, are in Pool D alongside Wales, South Africa and Russia and their first game is against their Six Nations rivals Wales, just before high noon on Saturday.

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Sevens test your defence and individual skills - Andy Robinson 

Robinson told “The most important thing is that the (Scotland) team play for the whole 15 minutes in each tie.  If they do that, they’ll undoubtedly be able to qualify for the next stage and that will be a huge achievement for the squad.

“It’s a bit like the Glasgow Warriors team and what they are trying to achieve in reaching the Rabo Direct semi-finals this weekend and what Edinburgh Rugby have achieved in their (Heineken) cup run.

“It’s about how you start.  Get a good start and get off to a great performance against Wales then that will help the Scotland 7s team to gather momentum and with any run it’s about getting that momentum.”

You can hear the full interview with Andy below

Robinson cites the pressure that individual players are under as one of the most fascinating aspects of the abbreviated game from his perspective.  “Your defence is always being tested and you have to be a very good defender to play this game.  Also it’s a game where you have to have real speed.  It’s fantastic to see the absolute speedsters on the pitch and the way they can play the game,” he enthused.

He also reflected that Scotland have often saved their best until their home tournament in past years on the HSBC 7s World Series.

“If you look at what has happened at Murrayfield at the sevens over the last couple of years, the team have really performed well on home soil.

“With the experience that’s being brought back in with Jim Thompson and John Houston added to the squad, I think it will really give the team confidence and give some of the younger players that little bit of confidence that they know they have players around them that have reached some real highs in sevens.”

Scotland take on Wales (11.58am), South Africa (3.04pm) and Russia (5.53pm) on Saturday, day one of their home tournament with a first Cup quarter-final this season firmly in their sights.