Scots Unable To Back Up Fiji Victory In South Africa

Michael Fedo v New ZealandScotland 7s will play Kenya, (9.33am UK time) in the Nelson Mandela Bay 7s Bowl competition tomorrow.

The Scots opened with a narrow loss to series leaders New Zealand in their opening match (14-7), before beating runners up Fiji (21-19). However, a loss to England in the final game (33-12) ended the day with disappointment as the chance of a first Cup quarter-final place of the season went begging.

Head coach, Phil Greening, said: “It has been another massively frustrating day.

“Though we beat Fiji we didn’t back it up and we didn’t stick to our roles. We made mistakes and, in top-level rugby, when you make an error you are punished for it.

“We need to learn, quickly, how to control games better and stick to our game plan. Not doing this isn’t good enough.”

The day started positively when the Scots opened the scoring against New Zealand through Glasgow Warriors elite development player (EDP), James Johnstone.

Captain Colin Gregor converted, however they didn’t hold the lead for long and, just before half-time, Kurt Baker leveled for New Zealand.

Moments into the second-half, New Zealand scored again, with Scotland unable to get back into the match.

Next up, the Scots went head-to-head with Fiji for the third time this year in the group stages and made amends for the back-to-back defeats with a memorable win.

Scotland 7s top try scorer, Andrew Turnbull crossed the line in the second minute of the match to open the scoring and then again just before half-time.

Scotland then lost the lead thanks to a pair of tries from Joji Baleviani Raqamate and a penalty try, before Gregor ran in a try 20 seconds before the hooter.

The captain slotted his third conversion of the match to snatch the victory.

Finally, the Scots met England in the last game of the day and, despite leading 12-0 at half-time with tries from Turnbull and Michael Maltman, they conceded four tries in the second-half to lose the match.

Nelson Mandela Bay 7s day one

Scotland 7-14 New Zealand

Try: Johnstone
Conversion: Gregor
Starting team: James Johnstone, Michael Fedo, Colin Gregor, Mark Robertson, Andrew Turnbull, Scott Riddell, Michael Maltman
Subs: Darren Gillespie, Colin Shaw, James Fleming (all 12mins), John Houston and Russell Weir (not used)

Scotland 21-19 Fiji

Tries: Turnbull (2) and Gregor
Conversions: Gregor (3)
Starting team: James Johnstone, Darren Gillespie, Colin Gregor, Mark Robertson, Andrew Turnbull, Scott Riddell, Michael Maltman
Subs: James Fleming (8mins) Colin Shaw (12mins) Michael Fedo, John Houston and Russell Weir (not used)

Scotland 12-33 England

Tries: Turnbull and Maltman
Starting team: James Johnstone, Darren Gillespie, Colin Gregor, Mark Robertson, Andrew Turnbull, Scott Riddell, Michael Maltman
Subs: James Fleming (8mins) Colin Shaw (12mins) Michael Fedo, John Houston and Russell Weir (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.