Rugby World Cup 7s campaign ends in Plate semi-final

It was a solemn end to Scotland 7s’ 2013 Rugby World Cup campaign in Moscow, bowing out to Canada in the Plate semi-final, 21-7.

v Canada RWC7sIn the end the Canadians bettered them, but their shape and defence were still a step-up from the agony of the South African game on day two.

Also, 19-year-old Chris Dean showed he is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with, scoring the team’s only try of the match and his third of the tournament. However, he was taken off with two minutes left in the first period due to injury.

In the end the Scots won three of their five games and ended 11th in the overall standings, one place above their final position in the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series.

Head coach, Stephen Gemmell, said: “We’re disappointed, we put ourselves in a good position at half-time, but when Jim [Thompson] was unable to ground the ball it was a turning point.

“In the second half we were passive and looked like we didn’t want to lose the game rather than wanting to win it. We sat off and let Canada into the game.

“Overall it has been a disappointing tournament and it has mirrored our season. There were good performances but we really lacked consistency, both mentally and physically.

“We’ve won three out of five games but it’s not good enough and not where we want to operate. We will have to work hard in pre-season to improve, technical, physical and mental aspects of our game.”

Scotland 7s will take a break now before beginning their pre-season in the last week of July. They will next be in competitive action on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September in Bucharest at a FIRA-AER sevens tournament and then the opening weekend of the HSBC Sevens World Series on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October in the Gold Coast, Australia.

Rugby World Cup 7s – Moscow 2013

Day one

Scotland 7s 19-17 Japan 7s
Tries: Chris Dean, Andrew Turnbull and Michael Fedo
Conversions: Colin Gregor (2)
Starting team:  Michael Fedo, Scott Riddell, Colin Shaw, Alex Glashan, Colin Gregor, Chris Dean and Andrew Turnbull.
Subs: Mark Robertson, Struan Dewar (10mins), James Johnstone (13mins), Jim Thompson and Michael Maltman (not used).

Day two

Scotland 7s 21-5 Russia 7s
Tries: Chris Dean, Andrew Turnbull and Mark Robertson
Conversions: Colin Gregor (3)
Starting team: Michael Fedo, Scott Riddell, Colin Shaw, Alex Glashan, Colin Gregor, Chris Dean and James Johnstone.
Subs: Mark Robertson (7mins), Struan Dewar, Andrew Turnbull (both 10mins), Jim Thompson (12mins) and Michael Maltman (13mins).

Scotland 7s 0-41 South Africa 7s
Starting team: Michael Fedo, Scott Riddell, Colin Shaw, Alex Glashan, Colin Gregor, Mark Robertson and Andrew Turnbull.
Subs: Chris Dean, Jim Thompson (both 7mins), Struan Dewar (10mins), Michael Maltman and James Johnstone (both 11mins)

Day three

Scotland 7s 17-0 Portugal 7s
Tries: Colin Gregor, Jim Thompson and Mark Robertson
Conversion: Colin Gregor
Starting team: Scott Riddell, Struan Dewar, Colin Gregor, Chris Dean, Andrew Turnbull, Colin Shaw and Jim Thompson
Subs: Mark Robertson (10mins), Michael Maltman, James Johnstone (both 12mins), Alex Glashan (13mins) and Michael Fedo (not used)

Scotland 7s 7-21 Canada 7s
Try: Chris Dean
Conversion: Colin Gregor
Starting team: Scott Riddell, Struan Dewar, Colin Gregor, Chris Dean, Andrew Turnbull, Colin Shaw and Jim Thompson
Subs: Mark Robertson (6mins), Alex Glashan, Michael Maltman (both 10mins), James Johnstone (12mins) and Michael Fedo (not used)