Improved Scots are Bowl runners-up in New Zealand

Scotland 7s put in an improved performance on day two of the Wellington 7s and recorded two impressive victories v Spain (38-12) and Wales (28-0).

The team, did one better than Las Vegas a fortnight ago, finishing off as Bowl runners-up where they came up short against a pacey Kenya side, 24-14, in the final.

19-year-old, Alex Glashan scored a hat-trick in the match v Wales, while team-mate Mark Robertson, did the same v Spain. Scottish Rugby’s top international try-scorer, Andrew Turnbull also brought his World Series tally to 138 with seven touchdowns this weekend.

Head coach, Stephen Gemmell, said: “Our performances were better today and we played with more intent and accuracy.

“Against Kenya though some individual errors cost us and we let a 14-12 lead slip from our hands.

We have come away with seven points this weekend and there is a sense of improvement, but the tale of missed opportunities has continued and we are still not where we want to be operating.”

Now looking ahead to Tokyo, the Scots are drawn against England, Australia and Spain for the sixth leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Gemmell continued: “We’re looking forward to Tokyo and there is a genuine sense of optimism in the camp for this Pool. We have beaten Australia and Spain on the circuit this year and England are doing very well at the moment.

However, in order to progress in that group we will have to be consistent and play at the top of our game. If we can do that we will get results like we did against Spain and Wales today.”

Finally, in today’s matches there were also tries for Colin Gregor, Darren Gillespie and Struan Dewar. Gregor converted nine of today’s 12 tries.

Wellington 7s day one

Scotland 14-17 Canada

  • Tries: James Johnstone and Andrew Turnbull
  • Conversions: Colin Gregor (2)
  • Starting team: Scott Riddell, Struan Dewar, Colin Gregor, Mark Robertson, Michael Maltman, Russell Weir and James Johnstone.
  • Replacements: Darren Gillespie (8mins), Andrew Turnbull (9mins), Finlay Gillies, Alex Glashan (12mins) and Gregor Young (13mins).

Scotland 12-17 Argentina

  • Tries: Andrew Turnbull (2)
  • Conversion: Colin Gregor
  • Starting team: Scott Riddell, Finlay Gillies, Struan Dewar, Colin Gregor, Mark Robertson, Russell Weir and Andrew Turnbull.
  • Replacements: Alex Glashan (9mins), Darren Gillespie (12mins), Michael Maltman, James Johnstone and Gregor Young (not used).

Scotland 19-19 USA

  • Tries: Alex Glashan, Andrew Turnbull (2)
  • Conversions: Colin Gregor (2)
  • Starting team: Scott Riddell, Finlay Gillies, Struan Dewar, Alex Glashan, Colin Gregor, Mark Robertson and Andrew Turnbull.
  • Replacements: James Johnstone, Gregor Young (10mins), Darren Gillespie, Michael Maltman and Russell Weir.

Wellington 7s day two

Scotland 38-12 Spain (Bowl quarter-finals)

  • Tries: Mark Robertson (3), Andrew Turnbull (2) and Colin Gregor
  • Conversions: Colin Gregor (4)
  • Starting team: Scott Riddell, Struan Dewar, Alex Glashan, Colin Gregor, Mark Robertson, Darren Gillespie and Andrew Turnbull.
  • Replacements: Michael Maltman (8mins), James Johnstone (9mins), Finlay Gillies, Gregor Young (10mins) and Russell Weir (not used).

Scotland 28-0 Wales (Bowl semi-finals)

  • Tries: Alex Glashan (3) and Mark Robertson
  • Conversions: Colin Gregor (4)
  • Starting team: Scott Riddell, Struan Dewar, Alex Glashan, Colin Gregor, Mark Robertson, Darren Gillespie and Andrew Turnbull.
  • Replacements: James Johnstone, Michael Maltman (both 10mins), Finlay Gillies, Gregor Young (both 12mins) and Russell Weir (not used).

Scotland 14-24 Kenya (Bowl final)

  • Tries: Darren Gillespie and Struan Dewar
  • Conversions: Colin Gregor (2)
  • Starting team: Scott Riddell, Struan Dewar, Alex Glashan, Colin Gregor, Mark Robertson, Darren Gillespie and Andrew Turnbull.
  • Replacements: Finlay Gillies (14mins), Michael Maltman, Russell Weir, James Johnstone and Gregor Young (not used).