Gemmell rues missed opportunities in Tokyo

Scotland 7s head coach, Stephen Gemmell, has called on his side to reduce their error count at the Hong Kong 7s (28-30 March), following their Bowl final defeat to Wales, 28-21, today in Tokyo.

The Scots will meet New Zealand (1.20pm on Friday 28 March), USA (3.34am on Saturday 29 March) and Samoa (7.14am on 29 March) in Pool D in Hong Kong, next weekend.

Gemmell said: “It was positive to see the team bounce back from two defeats on day one to beat Spain, Portugal and France, but it was a missed opportunity when we lost to Wales.  Against France we played very well.

“We were 14-0 up in the final [v Wales], but four kick-off errors cost us.  Our error count throughout the weekend has been too high.

However, we need to regroup now and head to Hong Kong and first and foremost eliminate mistakes and be more accurate in all aspects of our game.

“Our group in Hong Kong has three teams, two of whom, New Zealand and Samoa will travel disappointed and when they are disappointed that makes them very dangerous as they will be desperate to bounce back next weekend.

“New Zealand finished fourth in Tokyo and with their high level of performance and expectations that will hurt them, similarly Samoa lost in the Shield final.

“USA on the other hand had an improved performance, reaching the Plate final and therefore they will travel to Hong Kong with confidence and looking to build on their results this weekend.”

Iain Moody for BoroughmuirScotland 7s opened day two against Portugal in the Bowl quarter-final and won, 12-7, they then followed that win up with a victory over France in the Bowl semi-final, 21-12.

It was a good day for winger, James Johnstone, who scored a brace in both the France and Wales matches.  Also scoring tries today were Chris Dean, Andrew Turnbull (against Portugal), Scott Riddell (v France) and Mark Robertson (v Wales), while Colin Gregor converted seven tries.

Gemmell will confirm the 12 players to compete in the Hong Kong 7s later this week. Meanwhile, Lewis Young, Gregor Young and Boroughmuir’s Iain Moody will travel to Hong Kong today where they’ll join up with the Scottish Exiles squad to play in the GFI HKFC Tens.

Gemmell continued: “This is a great opportunity for these players to play in a top-class tournament and push on their rugby. 

This is the third year of our partnership with Hong Kong Scottish in this tournament and it has seen players like Russell Weir, Alex Glashan and Joseva Nayacavou go on to win selection and become regulars in our World Series squads.”

The Scottish Exiles play Irish Vikings (3.25am), Hong Kong Lions (6.45am) and the Penguins (11.20am) on day one (Wednesday 26 March) of the prestigious tournament. All times is UK time.

Tokyo 7s day one

Scotland 0-36 England
Starting team: Scott Riddell, Mark Robertson, Alex Glashan, Colin Gregor, Chris Dean, James Johnstone and Joseva Nayacavou.
Replacements: Andrew Turnbull, Michael Maltman, Neil Herron, Finlay Gillies and Scott Wight (all used).

Scotland 19-26 Australia
Tries: Andrew Turnbull (3)
Conversions: Colin Gregor (2)
Starting team: Scott Riddell, Mark Robertson, Alex Glashan, Colin Gregor, Chris Dean, Andrew Turnbull and Michael Maltman
Replacements: Finlay Gillies, Scott Wight, James Johnstone (all 11mins), Neil Herron and Joseva Nayacavou (not used).

Scotland 24-5 Spain
Tries: Andrew Turnbull (2), James Johnstone and Mark Robertson
Conversions: Colin Gregor (2)
Starting team: Mark Robertson, Alex Glashan, Colin Gregor, Chris Dean, Andrew Turnbull, Michael Maltman and James Johnstone.
Replacements: Joseva Nayacavou (8mins), Finlay Gillies, Neil Herron, Scott Wight (all 13mins) and Scott Riddell (not used).

Day two

Scotland 12-7 Portugal (Bowl quarter-final)
Tries: Chris Dean and Andrew Turnbull
Conversion: Colin Gregor
Starting team: Scott Riddell, Mark Robertson, Alex Glashan, Colin Gregor, Chris Dean, Andrew Turnbull and James Johnstone.
Replacements: Finlay Gillies, Michael Maltman, Neil Herron, Scott Wight and Joseva Nayacavou (not used).

Scotland 21-12 France (Bowl semi-final)
Tries: James Johnstone (2) and Scott Riddell
Conversions: Colin Gregor (3)
Starting team: Scott Riddell, Mark Robertson, Alex Glashan, Colin Gregor, Chris Dean, Andrew Turnbull and James Johnstone.
Replacements: Joseva Nayacavou (5mins), Neil Herron, Finlay Gillies and Scott Wight (14mins) and Michael Maltman (not used).

Scotland 21-28 Wales (Bowl final)
Tries: James Johnstone (2) and Mark Robertson
Conversions: Colin Gregor (3)
Starting team: Scott Riddell, Mark Robertson, Alex Glashan, Colin Gregor, Andrew Turnbull, James Johnstone and Joseva Nayacavou.
Replacements: Scott Wight (11mins), Finlay Gillies, Chris Dean, Michael Maltman and Neil Herron (not used).