Scots to meet Australia and Fiji again in South Africa

Scotland 7s will face their Dubai group opponents, Australia, and ultimate desert champions, Fiji, again in the Nelson Mandela Bay 7s next weekend (7-8 December). Group A is completed by France.

The Scots exited the Dubai 7s in the Plate semi-finals today following defeats to Fiji (26-14) and Argentina (12-5).

Colin Gregor in Dubai 2013

Unfortunately, the side didn’t look quite as sharp as they had at the outset of day one in the desert.

For head coach, Stephen Gemmell, having made it into the Cup competition, for the first time in Dubai, is testament that steps are being made in the right direction.

He said: “We came out against Fiji today and played some good rugby, but basic errors cost us. We missed three important tackles and they scored three tries.

“We scored two very good tries, but didn’t push enough for another, which I believe we could have scored.

“Against Argentina it was disappointing, it was like a game of chess, with both teams waiting for the first mistakes to be made.

“However, there are positives to take away from the weekend, most notable we came into Dubai in the third pot of seeds and now we are up in the second pot for South Africa.

“We now need to reassess where we are at, get on the plane and get back up for it next weekend.  We have shown how we’re capable of playing this weekend. We now need to show we can execute that time and time again.”

First up this morning, the side came up against a very powerful looking Fiji side, who outplayed them across the park.

A debut try for forward Gregor Young and a second of the weekend for John Houston, momentarily brought the Scots back into contention, with three minutes left on the clock.

Next up was Argentina, and though Lee Jones opened the scoring, a match wrought with errors from both sides, ultimately saw the score land in the Argentine’s favour. 

Dubai 7s day one

Scotland 21-17 Australia
Tries: Colin Gregor (2) and John Houston
Conversions: Colin Gregor (3)
Starting team: Scott Riddell, Alex Glashan, Colin Gregor, Mark Robertson, John Houston, Chris Dean and Lee Jones.
Replacements: Michael Maltman, James Johnstone (both 12mins), Gregor Young, Andrew Turnbull and Jack Ferguson (not used).

Scotland 19-31 Wales
Tries: Colin Gregor (2) and Lee Jones
Conversions: Colin Gregor (2)
Starting team: Scott Riddell, Michael Maltman, Alex Glashan, Colin Gregor, John Houston, Chris Dean and Lee Jones
Replacements: Mark Robertson (8mins), James Johnstone (11mins), Andrew Turnbull, Gregor Young (both 12mins) and Jack Ferguson (14mins).

Scotland 21-14 Spain
Tries: Lee Jones, Mark Robertson and Andrew Turnbull
Conversions: Colin Gregor (3)
Starting team: Scott Riddell, Alex Glashan, Colin Gregor, Mark Robertson, John Houston, Chris Dean and Lee Jones.
Replacements: Michael Maltman, Andrew Turnbull (both 12mins), Gregor Young, James Johnstone and Jack Ferguson (not used).

Dubai 7s day two

Scotland 14-26 Fiji (Cup quarter-finals)
Tries: Gregor Young and John Houston
Conversions: Colin Gregor (2)
Starting team: Scott Riddell, Alex Glashan, Colin Gregor, Mark Robertson, John Houston, Chris Dean and Lee Jones.
Replacements: Gregor Young (9mins), Andrew Turnbull (11mins), Jack Ferguson (12mins), Michael Maltman (14mins) and James Johnstone (not used).

Scotland 5-12 Argentina (Plate semi-finals)
Try: Lee Jones
Starting team: Scott Riddell, Alex Glashan, Colin Gregor, Mark Robertson, John Houston, Chris Dean and Lee Jones.
Replacements: Gregor Young (8mins), Andrew Turnbull (9mins), Jack Ferguson (14mins), Michael Maltman and James Johnstone (not used).