Scotland 7s will take on England in the Gold Coast 7s Bowl quarter-final tomorrow. This follows a disappointing first day in the opening leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
The Scots now face a stern battle for the third tier trophy, having lost out to Fiji (14-31), hosts Australia (0-22) and Tonga (5-24) today.
Scotland 7s captain, Colin Gregor, said: “Today has been really disappointing. We started cold against Fiji but simply couldn’t capitalise after scoring two tries which brought us back into the game. We were then unable to match Australia and our attack against Tonga was too flat.
However, the match against England tomorrow is a great opportunity to try to get back on track in the Bowl. They will be hurting because they didn’t get into the Cup competition. Our challenge, therefore, is to turn them over.
In terms of their attack, the Scots offered very little on the first day of competition. Ayr scrum-half Peter Jericevich scored the Scots’ first try against Fiji, moments before the end of the first-half. However, their opponents had already touched down three times by that stage.
James Fleming added to his high try-tally against Fiji, in the second-half, but a moment of hope went awry as the south-sea-islanders notched another two tries before the final whistle. Against Australia, no chances came to fruition and Michael Fedo marked his first outing as a centrally contracted sevens player with the only points against Tonga. Gregor scored two conversions in the Fiji match.
Scotland will take on England at 1.52am (UK time, 10.52am – local-time) tomorrow. The result of this match will determine the remainder of their fixtures in the tournament.
Scotand 7s squad for the Gold Coast 7s: Chris Dean (Scotland 7s EDP), Michael Fedo (Scotland 7s), Rory Hughes (Scotland 7s EDP), *Peter Jericevich (Ayr), Colin Gregor (Scotland 7s) (captain), Mark Robertson (Scotland 7s), Andrew Turnbull (Scotland 7s), Michael Maltman (Scotland 7s), Colin Shaw (Scotland 7s), Alex Glashan (Scotland 7s EDP), James Fleming (Scotland 7s) and * Liam Draycott (Currie).
*sportscotland institute supported player
Gold Coast 7s day one
Scotland 14-31 Fiji
Tries: Peter Jericevich and James Fleming
Conversions: Colin Gregor (2):
Starting team: Chris Dean, Michael Fedo, Peter Jericevich, Colin Gregor, Mark Robertson, Andrew Turnbull and Michael Maltman
Subs: Rory Hughes (8mins), James Fleming (10mins), Colin Shaw (13mins), Alex Glashan and Liam Draycott (not used)
Scotland 0-22 Australia
Starting team: Michael Fedo, Rory Hughes, Peter Jericevich, Colin Gregor, Mark Robertson, Andrew Turnbull and Michael Maltman
Subs: James Fleming (8mins), Colin Shaw (11mins), Alex Glashan (13mins), Liam Draycott and Chris Dean (not used)
Scotland 5-24 Tonga
Try: Michael Fedo
Starting team: Michael Fedo, Rory Hughes, Peter Jericevich, Colin Gregor, Mark Robertson, Michael Maltman and James Fleming
Subs: Colin Shaw (9 mins), Alex Glashan (11mins), Liam Draycott (13mins), Chris Dean and Andrew Turnbull (not used)
Scottish Rugby works in partnership with sportscotland, the national agency for sport. In 2011, sportscotland invested a total of £156,000 of National Lottery funding into Scottish Rugby’s 7s programme. sportscotland also supports Scottish Rugby 7s by providing high performance expertise through its institute network.