Video: Shield Victory For Scotland 7S

Despite losing three games from three on day one of the opening leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series Scotland 7s managed to regroup and come away with a trophy today.

Though, they are still not where they want to be, positives have emerged from the second day of competitive action at the Gold Coast 7s. The side showed they are capable of winning and winning well, with two high-scoring victories against Portugal (33-0) and the USA (40-5).

Unfortunately, losing their first match against England (35-7) meant they had to progress in the Shield, rather than the higher seeded Bowl.

Head coach, Phil Greening, said: “We’re slowly getting to where we want to be and I really hope that people can see a change in us. I think we won the last two games today because we stuck to our game plan and played the way we want to play. Also, we didn’t force anything and took our time.”

Looking at the team performance, after going down to England and with a single try from James Fleming and conversion from Colin Gregor, the side re-injected an attacking flair.

This saw Fleming add seven more tries to his running total on the circuit, with a hat-trick in both the Portugal and USA games. His tally now stands at 49.

Joining him on the score-sheet was Michael Maltman and Mark Robertson in the Shield semi-final and Michael Fedo, in the final, with another hat-trick. Gregor added the extras four and five times, respectively in the two games.

Gregor said: “We achieved our game plan today and we were able to open up James Fleming on the wings and if he wasn’t getting round the last man and scoring, he was creating the space for players through the centre. We played more as a team and that paid off as we progressed.

“Winning the Shield is a good way to finish off this tournament and the two victories give us a building block for Dubai.”

Scotland 7s will next compete in the Dubai 7s on Friday 30 November and Saturday 1 December.

Scotland 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).

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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)

Gold Coast 7s day two

Scotland 7-35 England
Try: James Fleming
Conversion:  Colin Gregor
Starting team: Michael Fedo, Rory Hughes, Peter Jericevich, Colin Gregor, Mark Robertson, Michael Maltman and James Fleming
Subs: Alex Glashan (10mins), Andrew Turnbull (11mins), Colin Shaw (14mins), Chris Dean and Liam Draycott (not used)

Scotland 33-0 Portugal
Tries: James Fleming (3), Michael Maltman and Mark Robertson
Conversions:  Colin Gregor (4)
Starting team: Michael Fedo, Rory Hughes, Colin Gregor, Mark Robertson, Colin Shaw, James Fleming and Alex Glashan
Subs: Michael Maltman (8mins), Andrew Turnbull (9mins), Peter Jericevich, Liam Draycott (12mins), Chris Dean (not used)

Scotland 40-5 Portugal
Tries: James Fleming (3) and Michael Fedo (3)
Conversions:  Colin Gregor (5)
Starting team: Michael Fedo, Colin Gregor, Mark Robertson, Colin Shaw, Michael Maltman, James Fleming and Alex Glashan
Subs: Andrew Turnbull, Peter Jericevich, Liam Draycott (12mins) Rory Hughes and Chris Dean (not used)