Scotland 7s have won their final game of day one in the inaugural Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s, accounting for Russia 33-5 in a five try romp in the Glasgow sun.
It was a long awaited win but it gives them confidence moving into tomorrow’s Bowl competition, where they will play Kenya at 11.14am in pursuit of the silverware.
Scotland 7s head coach, Graham Shiel, said: “It’s nice to end the day with a victory against a team who have been very good today.
“We will now regroup, analyse our performances and hopefully come out tomorrow and post three good performances. We have recent knowledge of Kenya having played them in Tokyo. They will be tough though and we will have to be at our best to beat them.”
The match against the Russians started well with Ross Miller powering his way up the wing and scoring a try. He also scored in the second-half having been set up well by Sean Kennedy. Also on the score sheet for Scotland were John Houston, who scored with an obliterating sidestep, Michael Fedo, who touched down on the final whistle, and Andrew Turnbull who picked up a chip from Colin Gregor to dive in under the posts and score his 112th try for Scotland 7s on the IRB circuit. Gregor and Jim Thompson converted two tries each.
For Russia, Ilya Babev was the sole try scorer.
The Scots lost two of their three games today, both narrowly, having had the lead with minutes to go, but they simply could not deliver the clinical finish.
They lost to Wales, 14-17, and then South Africa, 14-19. James Fleming’s two tries in the former match and Colin Gregor’s in the latter were not enough to seal success on either occasion for the Scots in front of their home support. However, Cup qualification was no longer on the agenda when the final match against the Russians was won.
Shiel continued: “We had some good passages of play in all of the matches today but we were more polished in the last game. It’s been frustrating but we are in a brutal environment, where the smallest margins are detrimental and where any team can win or lose at any point.”
Half-time: Scotland 12-0 Russia
Full-time: Scotland 33-5 Russia
Scotland 7s team: Scott Riddell, Ross Miller, Sean Kennedy, Struan Dewar, Jim Thompson, James Fleming, John Houston.
Replacements: Michael Fedo (for John Houston), Colin Gregor (for Sean Kennedy), Andrew Turnbull (for James Fleming), Adam Ashe.
Russia team: Ivan Kotov, Ilya Babaev, Ramil Gaysin, Sergey Gavryushin, Nikolay Goroshilov, Igor Galinvoskiv, Yury Gostyuzhev.
Replacements: Vladimir Ostroushko, Stanislav Bondarev, Alexander Yanyuskin, Nikolay Zaporzhin, Andrey Otrokev.