Day two defeats see Scots drop in standings

Despite a gutsy fifth and final pool game against England this afternoon, Scotland weren't able to sustain their performance in the play-off rounds of the FIRA Grand Prix event in Marbella. Having started the two-match Series in eleventh position, the Scots dropped one place and so go out of this level of the competition.

Head coach Scott Forrest said: "Our performance against England was good in places. We made it too easy for them in the first half then in the second half, our focus was to nail our basics and score against them and we did that.

"We probably should have scored at the end but we just lacked a bit of composure."

After losing 31-7 in that opening game, the Scots progressed to meet Netherlands in the Bowl semi final, then Germany in the play-offs for eleventh place.

Forrest said: "The last two games were disappointing. Against the Netherlands we let ourselves down big time. We didn't front up, we didn't do what we said we were going to do and it was a hard lesson for us. We gave away possession far too easily, especially from kick-offs, and allowed them to score.
"Against Germany, we let them score two easy tries from our mistakes - one very poor defensive error in the wide channel and one from a poor kick-off.

"It's no coincidence that in the Germany and Portugal games on day one, where we performed our best, we scored first and that built confidence - that's a big focus for us next year, increasing confidence."

Scotland v England - fifth pool game

Firing on all cylinders from the off, Scotland threatened to score more than on the one occasion they crossed. With increasing ball in the second half, there was some intelligent work from Maxwell to speed up the pace of play and take quick ball. Good lines and solid passages of play saw Wheeler burst through the defence in the second half to nail Scotland's try. The Scots threatened to score again in the closing minutes where they were camped on England's line but a pass from Wheeler to Slaven didn't quite off and the hooter ended proceedings.
Team: Wheeler, Slaven, Gaffney, Maxwell, Johnston, Sergeant and Green. Subs: Forsberg, Smith

Scotland v Netherlands - 9-12th place play-off

After the progress against England, things took a downturn with too many basic errors made, unanswered questions asked of the defence and indecision in passing. The Netherlands took every chance and sliced through the Scottish defence time and again to turn a 17-0 lead at half time into a 43-0 final score.
Team: Wheeler, Forsberg, Gaffney, Green, Johnston, Sergeant and Maxwell. Subs: O'Donnell, Slaven, Law



Scotland v Germany - 11th place play-off

A nervy start saw the Scots let the Germans dictate play and run in three tries in the first half. With trouble keeping their shape and line, there was little go-forward until midway through the second half when phases of play came together to set Gaffney off up the wing to cross, the try being matched at the restart by another powerful run across the whitewash from the Germans who finished 31-5 winners.
Team: Wheeler, Gaffney, Slaven, Sergeant, Johnston, Maxwell, Green. Subs: Forsberg, O'Donnell, Law