Scotland will play in a Cup quarter-final on day two of the Algarve Sevens in Faro tomorrow knowing that a major improvement is required on their final tie tonight if they are to qualify for next year's Rugby World Cup 7s in Moscow.
Only teams that finish in the top five in Portugal will qualify for the RWC event and Scotland won two of their three pool ties today. Convincing opening victories against Netherlands and Romania, were followed, however by a 5-25 loss to Spain, whose physicality at contact and tackle areas was not matched by Scotland, who leaked tries through individual missed tackles.
Scotland only had a late try from Michael Maltman to show for their efforts against the Spanish.
Scottish rugby's Head of Performance, Stephen Gemmell, said: "That was a very disappointing way to finish the day, having started in the manner that we had wanted. Our challenge tomorrow is not any different from what we faced at the outset. Teams that win the Cup quarter-finals go to the World Cup (7s) so in that respect the goal posts have not moved for us. I guess the analogy might be that we're taking a penalty from slightly further back," he said.
Earlier in the night the Scots saw off the Netherlands by 38-0, scoring four tries in the first-half and two after the break.
The tries came from Andrew Turnbull (3), Struan Dewar, Jim Thompson and Michael Maltman with Colin Gregor slotting four conversions.
Taking confidence from that success, Scotland then posted a 45-0 margin against Romania in their second tie. Here their interval lead was 19-0 and they went on to dominate the second-half.
Bryon McGuigan (2), Colin Shaw, Fraser Brown (2), Turnbull and Rory Hughes got the touch downs in this tie with Gregor (3) and Thompson (2) adding the extras.
Scotland will now face France in Saturday's quarter-final with a 6.28pm kick-off.
The six other teams featuring in the 12 team event are Italy, France, Georgia, Germany, Belgium and Lithuania.