Scots Reach Bowl Semi-Final In Dubai

James Johnstone touches down against AustraliaScotland 7s made it to the Bowl semi-final today, in the second day of competition at the Emirates Airline Dubai 7s.

They started the day very well with a 29-14, five-try victory over Australia before losing out to Argentina in the third-tier semi, 12-5.

The Scots now travel to South Africa where they will take on New Zealand (9am, UK time), Fiji (12.28pm, UK time) and England (3.36pm, UK time) in Pool B of the Nelson Mandela Bay 7s (Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December) in Port Elizabeth.

Head coach, Phil Greening, said: “We’re absolutely gutted to have been knocked out in our second game today.  We didn’t fulfill our roles and as a result didn’t progress to the Bowl final.

“We played so well against Australia this morning, scoring five tries. The difference between the two games was we didn’t stick to our jobs on the field against Argentina and that is unacceptable.”

It was a hopeful start to the day when Mark Robertson crossed the whitewash early on against Australia. The Scots then didn’t allow their lead to slip and tries followed from Scott Riddell, James Johnstone, Michael Fedo and Alex Glashan. Captain Colin Gregor slotted two of the five conversions.

With heads lifted after the victory, Scotland went into their Bowl semi-final with Argentina confidently, but an early try from their opponents seemed to have a detrimental effect. Argentina then went 12-0 up before the break and held that lead, until Kelso boy Darren Gillespie picked up a pass from Michael Maltman, who had held off three defenders, and touched down.

It was looking possible that Scotland could at least level the scores but Argentina pinned them back and did not yield, until the final whistle went, ending the Scots’ campaign in Dubai.

Glashan suffered a calf strain in the Argentina match and will be replaced by Scotland 7s professional Russell Weir for the South Africa leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Dubai 7s day one

Scotland 5-12 Kenya
Try: Fedo
Starting team: Michael Fedo, Colin Gregor, Mark Robertson, Andrew Turnbull, Scott Riddell, Michael Maltman, James Fleming.
Subs: John Houston (10mins), James Johnstone, Darren Gillespie, Colin Shaw and Alex Glashan (not used).
 
Scotland 14-22 Fiji

Tries: Gillespie and Johnstone
Conversions: Gregor (2)
Starting team: Michael Fedo, Colin Gregor, Mark Robertson, Andrew Turnbull, Scott Riddell, Michael Maltman, James Fleming.
Subs: James Johnstone (7mins), John Houston (10mins), Colin Shaw (10mins), Darren Gillespie (12mins) and Alex Glashan (not used).
 
Scotland 7-12 Spain
Try: Glashan
Conversion: Gregor
Starting team: Michael Fedo, Colin Gregor, Mark Robertson, Alex Glashan, Scott Riddell, Michael Maltman, James Fleming.
Subs: Colin Shaw (9mins), James Johnstone (12mins), Darren Gillespie, John Houston and Andrew Turnbull (not used).
 
Dubai 7s day two

Scotland 29-14 Australia

Tries: Robertson, Riddell, Johnstone, Fedo and Glashan
Conversions: Gregor (2)
Starting team: James Johnstone, Michael Fedo, Colin Gregor, Mark Robertson, Scott Riddell, Michael Maltman, Alex Glashan.
Subs: Darren Gillespie (7mins), James Fleming, Colin Shaw (both 12mins), Andrew Turnbull and John Houston (not used).

Scotland 5-12 Argentina
Try: Gillespie
Starting team: James Johnstone, Micahel Fedo, Colin Gregor, Mark Robertson, Scott Riddell, Michael Maltman, Alex Glashan.
Subs: James Fleming (7mins), Andrew Turnbull (9mins), Darren Gillespie, John Houston and Colin Shaw (not used).

Scotland 7s squad to compete in the Nelson Mandela Bay 7s on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December:


1.    James Johnstone (Glasgow Warriors EDP)
2.    Michael Fedo (Scotland 7s)
3.    *Darren Gillespie (Kelso)
4.    John Houston (Edinburgh Rugby)
5.    Colin Gregor (CAPTAIN / Scotland 7s)
6.    Mark Robertson (Scotland 7s)
7.    Andrew Turnbull (Scotland 7s)
8.    Colin Shaw (Scotland 7s)
9.    Scott Riddell (Scotland 7s)
10.  Michael Maltman (Scotland 7s)
11.  James Fleming (Scotland 7s)
12.  Russell Weir (Scotland 7s)

*sportscotland institute supported player

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.