Scotland 7s secure HSBC Sevens World Series core status

Scotland 7s have secured their core status in the HSBC Sevens World Series, after a valiant day two in London.

The Scots saw off their opponents, Tonga and Russia, with everything at stake in both matches and managed to keep a clean sheet with the scores ending 31-0 and 19-0 respectively.

The Scots will join Spain, who also won their semi-final against Portugal 10-5, in next year’s circuit and wait to see who the 15th core team will be. Losing semi-finalists Portugal and Russia, play in a third placed play-off at 5.24pm.

Head coach, Stephen Gemmell, said: "I think relief is the key word today, credit to the players they have fronted up today. I really think our defence was key.

"We have a few battered and brusied bodies, but the players deserve every bit of credit. They have showed what it means to be a Scotland 7s player and they have showed what a place in the World Series means.

"We need to the earn the right to be part of the World Series every tournament we play in from now and moving forward."

Scotland 7s captain, Colin Gregor, said: “We have got to move on from here and make sure we give a good reflection of ourselves in the World Cup next month and on the circuit next year.

“We have scraped through by the skin of our teeth but we have another chance. You want to play against the best teams in world sevens and we’ve made sure we’re back in the series next year.”

 

 

James Fleming

Scotland 31-0 Tonga, Twickenham (main pitch), 10.06am - Live: Sky Sports & @Scotlandteam

It was a very good start to day two in London for Scotland 7s as they saw off Tonga, 31-0, in their HSBC Sevens World Series qualifying quarter-final.

It was a performance that was filled with desire, pride and physicality, showing off a very different Scotland side to that that ended day one against Hong Kong.

On the score sheet this morning was Alex Glashan, Chris Dean, Michael Fedo, Lee Jones and James Fleming, all with tries. Captain Colin Gregor converted three of the scores.

The Scots, now move into the semi-final, with everything still to be played for. They play Russia at 2.01pm.

Head coach, Stephen Gemmell, said: “That is how I know this team can play. There was a lot of desire and we came out and played with intensity, we set the tone in defence and we were very physical at the breakdown.

“We’re still alive, but we have achieved nothing yet. There are four teams left in the qualifier and only three places available.

“We will do everything now to make sure at 2 o’clock we deliver the same performance against Russia. I’m immensely proud of how the team played this morning.”

Starting team: Scott Riddell, Michael Fedo, Lee Jones, Colin Gregor, Colin Shaw, Chris Dean and Alex Glashan.

Subs: Andrew Turnbull, Michael Maltman (10mins), James Fleming, Struan Dewar (14mins) and Byron McGuigan (not used).

 

Michael Fedo

 

Scotland 19-0 Russia, Twickenham (main pitch), 2.01pm - Live: Sky Sports & @Scotlandteam

Scotland 7s secured their HSBC Sevens World Series core status for season 2013/14 after a valiant performance against Russia this afternoon.

It was hard work for the Scots but they were able to pull-off a 19-0 victory, which saw a brace of tries from Michael Fedo in the first half and a kick and chase try from captain Colin Gregor in the last minute of the game.

Winning the semi-finals secures the Scots status on the World Series and they join Spain who also won their semi 10-5 versus Portugal. The two teams will not play a final. Attention now moves to the third placed play-off between Portugal and Russia for the 15th and final place on the circuit.

Head coach, Stephen Gemmell, said: "I think relief is the key word today, credit to the players they have fronted up today. I really think our defence was key.

"We have a few battered and brusied bodies and a few battered egos, but the players deserve every bit of credit. They have showed what it means to be a Scotland 7s player and they have showed what a place in the World Series means.

"We need to the earn the right to be part of the World Series every tournament we play in from now and moving forward."

Starting team: Scott Riddell, Michael Fedo, Lee Jones, Colin Gregor, Colin Shaw, Chris Dean and Alex Glashan.

Subs: Andrew Turnbull (8mins), James Fleming (10mins), Michael Maltman (11mins), Struan Dewar and Byron McGuigan (not used).