Scotland 7s came within one step of winning silverware in their first outing in the FIRA-AER GP European Sevens Series, today, losing out to Russia 19-7 in the Plate final.
However, they managed to improve their FIRA-AER European rankings from seventh to sixth ahead of the tournament's second leg in Moscow on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July.
En route to their closing match, the team mostly made up of new recruits from the club game, representing Scotland for the first time, saw-off Georgia (14-7) and hosts, France (21-12). For head coach Graham Shiel this was a positive outcome for a team playing together for the first time.
He said: “The team has worked together very well this weekend and have shown they are capable of performing at this level. They were solid against Georgia and France, but didn’t quite take control of the game against Russia.
“The conditions were extremely tough today, as it has rained constantly, but I’m pleased we are coming away from this tournament higher in the rankings than when we arrived.”
Melrose stand-off Andrew Skeen impressed in his role as captain, scoring in every match over the weekend. His points total came to five tries and 15 conversions. Today he was joined on the scoreboard by Jack Ferguson (Watsonians) and Callum Anderson (Aberdeen Grammar) who scored one try each and Lewis Young (Jed-Forest) who scored two.
Shiel continued: “Andrew has played well; he understands the abbreviated game and is a great performer for us. This weekend has also been an eye opener for the younger players who haven’t been involved in international sevens before.”
Day one results and scorers
Scotland 7-20 Spain
Struan Dewar (try), Andrew Skeen (conversion)
Scotland 19-17 Netherlands
Callum Anderson (2 tries), Colin Goudie (try), Andrew Skeen (2 conversions)
Scotland 19-31 England
Rory Hughes (try), Lewis Young (try), Andrew Skeen (try and 2 conversions)
Scotland 38-12 Ukraine
Fraser Brown (try), Lewis Young (try), Jack Ferguson (try), Colin Goudie (try), Andrew Skeen (2 tries and 4 conversions)
Day two results and scorers
Scotland 14-7 Georgia
Jack Ferguson (try), Lewis Young (try) Andrew Skeen (2 conversions)
Scotland 21-12 France (Plate semi-final)
Lewis Young (try), Callum Anderson (try) Andrew Skeen (try and 3 conversions)
Scotland 19-7 Russia (Plate final)
Andrew Skeen (try and conversion)