After winning just one out of their three matches on the opening day of the FIRA Women's Rugby World Cup Sevens qualifier, Scotland Women 7s will not be returning to Moscow to participate in WRWC7s 2013 but still have much to aim for on day two with a ranking and place in next year's FIRA championship series at stake.
Head coach Scott Forrest reviews the day's pool matches against Ukraine, Spain and Sweden and looks ahead to Sunday's fixtures - see below.
Photo: Sarah Dixon on the way to scoring one of her three tries against Sweden
The Scots' tournament opener, against Ukraine, saw them put to the test by the powerful eastern Europeans who scored first. Heads went down and Scotland weren't able to pull themselves back to the standards set at previous tournaments during their short life as a squad. The score stood at 12-0 to Ukraine at half time, in a sapping heat, with the final score 24-0 despite a battling final few minutes.
Team to start v Ukraine: Slaven, Steven, Gaffney, Martin, Dixon, Green and Johnston. Subs: Forsberg, Sergeant and Harris
The highly rated Spanish were next up, with the Scots regrouping to put up a better fight, working hard to contain their opponents, defending well in the second period of the first half to keep it 12-0 to Spain at half time. A slick outfit who are one of the favourites to win the event, Spain extended their lead in the second half, however, with the final score 36-0.
Team to start v Spain: Forsberg, Slaven, Gaffney, Martin, Dixon, Sergeant and Johnston. Subs: Steven, Dalgliesh, Harris and Law
Scotland's final pool game of the day was against current European seeds Sweden. The Scots set off at a blistering pace and normal service was resumed in the first half with three tries from Dixon, one converted by Johnston. A try for Sweden at the start of the second half was cancelled out by a length-of-the-pitch dash by substitute Harris, who crossed successfully to make it 22-7. A late fightback from the Swedes edged the score closer but the Scots ran out 22-19 winners on the hooter.
Team to start v Sweden: Forsberg, Slaven, Steven, Dixon, Sergeant, Johnston and Law. Subs: Dalgliesh, Green and Harris.
As third in their pool, Scotland now proceed to the Bowl and Shield competition, with an opening encounter tomorrow (Sunday 1 July) against Croatia (kick-off 10.06am local - +3hrs BST)
Scotland Women 7s squad for FIRA-AER Women's Rugby World Cup Sevens qualifying tournament in Moscow
1. Tess Forsberg (Richmond)
2. Ruth Slaven (Murrayfield Wanderers)
3. Laura Steven (Murrayfield Wanderers)
4. Louise Dalgliesh (RHC Cougars)
5. Megan Gaffney (Murrayfield Wanderers)
6. Lisa Martin (Murrayfield Wanderers)
7. Sarah Dixon (Stirling County)
8. Katy Green (Murrayfield Wanderers)
9. Annabel Sergeant (Murrayfield Wanderers)
10. Stephanie Johnston (RHC Cougars)(captain)
11. Lauren Harris (Melrose)
12. Sarah Law (Murrayfield Wanderers)