After a mixed bag of results on day one, Scotland stepped up to the mark on day two of the Marriott London 7s.
First off, Scotland met Kenya in the third Bowl quarter final, sporting a more vigorous attitude which, after a hesitant start, saw them score tries courtesy of Byron McGuigan, Andrew Skeen and Michael Fedo, all successfully converted by Colin Gregor. The 21-5 victory featured improved performances all round and some great running from McGuigan, coupled by intelligent work from Fedo and Skeen.
Scotland team v Kenya, Bowl quarter final: 1 Scott Riddell 2 Michael Fedo 3 Ross Miller 5 Colin Gregor 8 Byron McGuigan 10 Andrew Skeen 11 James Fleming (substitutes): 4 Sean Kennedy 6 Rory Hughes 7 Andrew Turnbull
Referee: Akihisa Aso (Jpn)
By the Bowl semi final, the crowd had swelled and the sun was shining on the Scots who got off to a cracking start against Zimbabwe, Fleming racing off down the wing to score before the interval music had fully receded, the score converted by Gregor to put the Scots 7-0 ahead in the first minute.
McGuigan then saw the gap and, despite a slip en route to the line, successfully crossed for try number two, swiftly replied to by a converted score from Zimbabwe. As the hooter cranked up for half time, Fedo took his chance, saw the gap and made it 17-7 by half time.
It was Fedo who increased the lead at the start of the second half after a weaving run from McGuigan and a lofty offload, Gregor adding the extras to make it 24-7. Zimbabwe replied with an uncoverted score but it was the orange boots of Andrew Turnbull that sealed the deal as he outpaced the opposition in style, Gregor adding the extras to make it 31-12. Zimbabwe added a try in the closing seconds but it was 31-19 at the hooter and a place in the final for the Scots.
The earlier win over Kenya put the Scots at tenth place in the Series standings with Wales at seventh; the Welsh earlier beat USA (28-19) in the quarter final and just edged Portugal, 28-26, in a nail-biting semi final.
Scotland team v Zimbabwe, Bowl semi final: 1 Scott Riddell 4 Sean Kennedy 5 Colin Gregor 8 Byron McGuigan 9 Adam Ashe 11 James Fleming. (substitutes); 7 Andrew Turnbull 10 Andrew Skeen 6 Rory Hughes
Referee: Akihisa Aso (Jpn)
It was a nervy start to the Bowl final though the first break came from the Scots, with a two-pronged attack from Turnbull and Fedo, though spilled ball en route to the line led to turnover ball and an opportunty for Wales to leg it to the other end of the pitch for a converted try. A flurry of mistakes from both sides prompted another good run from Fedo which Turnbull carried safely over the whitewash this time, to make it 7-5.
These were the only points to be scored by Scotland and the second half was all Wales as they outpaced and outfoxed the Scots to make it 27-5 at the hooter.
Scotland team v Wales, Bowl final: 1 Scott Riddell 2 Michael Fedo 3 Ross Millar 4 Sean Kennedy 5 Colin Gregor 6 Rory Hughes 8 Byron McGuigan . (substitutes); 7 Andrew Turnbull 10 Andrew Skeen 11 James Fleming.
Referee: Alex Ruiz (Fr)