Scots Sustain Rwc 7S Hopes

James Fleming (right) weighed in with a try hat-trick as Scotland defeated Germany

Scotland kept their hopes of qualifying for next year’s Rugby World Cup 7s in Moscow alive with a 33-0 victory over Germany in the plate semi-final in the Algarve tonight.

The Scots now face Italy in the Plate final at 10.36pm UK time, with the prize for the victor a place in Moscow.

Scotland gave themselves the uphill task after they had succumbed 14-26 to France earlier in the Cup quarter-final.

For the Plate semi-final Scotland opted for a starting line-up of Michael Maltman, Michael Fedo and Colin Shaw; Colin Gregor, Struan Dewar, Byron McGuigan and James Fleming.

In spite of losing Dewar to the sin-bin for two minutes in the first-half Scotland were 14-0 to the good at the interval, Gregor and Fleming claiming their opening scores.

Fleming, with a natty hitch-kick, completed his hat-trick in the second-half and sub Rory Hughes added try number five from an unselfish pass.  Three conversions from Gregor and one from sub Russell Weir completed the Scots’ scoring.

Scotland team manager John Manson reflected that there had been confidence from his charges in this tie and that they had made their experience count.

“We have to bring our game to the Plate final against Italy,” he added.