Improved Scots lift Hong Kong Bowl

Scotland 7s turned around a disappointing shift in the group stages, on day one and two in Hong Kong, to come away with the Bowl trophy this evening (30 March).

Mark Bennett scores five tries for Scotland 7s this weekend in Hong KongThe side looked comfortable throughout the day and controlled all three matches well.  First up they beat Kenya in the morning, 26-12, then backed this win up with a victory over Argentina, 24-12, before beating France, 31-5, in the final.

This was the first time since 2004 that the Scots had been in a trophy final in Hong Kong, when they beat France, 28-22, in the Plate final.  At that time there were only three trophies for 24 teams - Cup, Plate and Bowl.

Attention moves to Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s

Scotland 7s’ attention will now move to the eighth and penultimate leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series, their home tournament in Glasgow, the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s (Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 May).

The draw for the home tournament will see them in a pool group with Australia, USA and Spain.

Scotland 7s head coach, Stephen Gemmell, said: “We were clinical today and we played some good rugby.  We managed to beat three quality teams that are all ranked above us.

This will give us some confidence going into Glasgow in five weeks and it demonstrates what we’re capable of.  We played with purpose and intent and the players have been rewarded for that. 

“We still want to be a top eight team, so we must push on and strive for more consistency in Glasgow.  But, we have given the big support here and at home something to cheer about.”

In the group stages, Scotland 7s suffered a 33-0 defeat to World Champions New Zealand on Friday night.  They then opened day two with a 15-10 victory over USA, in torrential conditions, but then lost out at the death to Samoa 14-19, ending their hopes of a Cup quarter-final.

On the scoreboard in the USA match was Glasgow Warriors’ Mark Bennett who scored a brace.  James Johnstone completed the try tally.  For the opposition it was Ryne Haitsuka and Zack Test who touched down.

Five tries for Bennett

Against Samoa, Scott Riddell and Andrew Turnbull scored tries, with captain, Colin Gregor converting both scores.

In the Kenya match, good vision from Turnbull, Riddell and Bennett saw them all touch down while Bennett scored a brace.

It was also a first start for Glasgow Warriors stand-off Scott Wight and he converted three of the four tries to score his first Scotland 7s points.

Next up, in the match against Argentina, the three Glasgow Warriors, who joined the squad for this seventh leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series, led by example in the match scoring the first three tries, all which were very well worked.

Bennett the first to score, brushed off a series of tackles and made 60 metres up the wing before scoring; James Eddie showed his devastating physicality and Lee Jones won the ball, broke free of the tackler and dived in over the whitewash.

Scotland’s final score came from a lovely dummy and then an injection of pace from Mark Robertson.  Wight and Gregor converted one try each.

Lastly, in the final, there were tries for Turnbull and Johnstone who both scored a brace and Jones who split through an incredibly tight gap for the last touchdown of the day.  Wight converted one try and Gregor two.

Scotland 7s squad in the Hong Kong 7s (29-30 March): Scott Riddell, Finlay Gillies (Glasgow Warriors), Mark Robertson, Lee Jones (Glasgow Warriors), Colin Gregor, Chris Dean, Andrew Turnbull, Michael Maltman, Mark Bennett (Glasgow Warriors), Scott Wight (Glasgow Warriors), James Johnstone and James Eddie (Glasgow Warriors).

Results and Info

Hong Kong 7s day one 

Scotland 0-33 New Zealand
Starting team: Scott Riddell, Mark Robertson, Michael Maltman, Lee Jones, Colin Gregor, Mark Bennett and James Johnstone.
Replacements: Chris Dean, James Eddie (both 9mins), Andrew Turnbull (10mins), Finlay Gillies and Scott Wight (both 12mins). 

Hong Kong 7s day two

Scotland 15-10 USA
Tries: Mark Bennett (2) and James Johnstone
Starting team: Scott Riddell, Lee Jones, Colin Gregor, Chris Dean, Mark Bennett, James Johnstone and James Eddie.
Replacements: Mark Robertson (8mins), Finlay Gillies, Andrew Turnbull, Michael Maltman and Scott Wight (not used). 

Scotland 14-19 Samoa
Tries: Scott Riddell and Andrew Turnbull
Conversions: Colin Gregor (2)
Starting team: Scott Riddell, Lee Jones, Colin Gregor, Chris Dean, Mark Bennett, James Johnstone and James Eddie.
Replacements: Mark Robertson (9mins), Andrew Turnbull, Michael Maltman (both 10mins), Finlay Gillies and Scott Wight (not used).

Hong Kong 7s day three 

Scotland 26-12 Kenya (Bowl quarter-final)
Tries: Mark Bennett (2), Scott Riddell and Andrew Turnbull
Conversions: Scott Wight (3)
Starting team: Scott Riddell, Mark Robertson, Lee Jones, Andrew Turnbull, Mark Bennett, Scott Wight and James Eddie.
Replacements: Finlay Gillies, James Johnstone (9mins), Colin Gregor, Chris Dean and Michael Maltman (not used).

Scotland 24-12 Argentina (Bowl semi-final)
Tries: Mark Bennett, James Eddie, Lee Jones and Mark Robertson
Conversions: Scott Wight and Colin Gregor
Starting team: Scott Riddell, Mark Robertson, Lee Jones, Andrew Turnbull, Mark Bennett, Scott Wight and James Eddie.
Replacements: Chris Dean (9mins), James Johnstone (10mins) Colin Gregor (11mins), Finlay Gillies (13mins) and Michael Maltman (14mins). 

Scotland 31-5 France (Bowl final)
Tries: Andrew Turnbull (2), James Johnstone (2) and Lee Jones
Conversions: Scott Wight and Colin Gregor (2)
Starting team: Scott Riddell, Mark Robertson, Lee Jones, Andrew Turnbull, Mark Bennett, Scott Wight and James Eddie.
Replacements: James Johnstone, Chris Dean (both 8mins), Colin Gregor (9mins), Finlay Gillies and Michael Maltman (both 12mins).