MATCH DAY LIVE: Day One: London 7s

Scotland 7s ended day one of the London 7s with a defeat at the hands of South Africa, 12-26.  They will now play Argentina or Wales in tomorrow's Bowl quarter-finals at 9.44am.

For live scoring updates follow the team on Twitter, @Scotlandteam and use the hashtags #backingblue #together.  Today's action is also live on Sky Sports 2.

Scotland 7s squad to compete at the London 7s on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 May: Scott Riddell, Colin Shaw, Gregor Young, Michael Maltman, Struan Dewar, Jack Cuthbert (Edinburgh Rugby), Colin Gregor (captain), Scott Wight (Glasgow Warriors), Mark Robertson, Lewis Young, Andrew Turnbull and James Fleming.

Andrew Turnbull v France in London - May 2014

Scotland 10-14 France

Despite a late fightback in their opening match of the London 7s, Scotland were unable to overcome France, losing 14-10.

Head coach, Stephen Gemmell, said: "We were too passive in this match and the way we played was not acceptable.

We knew how important the contact area would be and we did not go out and win that contest.  

"We didn't play until the game was out of reach and though we were poor we didn't take the opportunities that could have seen us win."

The French went ahead early with tries from Virimi Vakatawa and then Julien Candelon, both converted by Terry Bouhraoua. Bouhraoua was then sent to the sin-bin moments before half-time for an offside offence.

The performance was hindered by basic errors and a high penalty count that lost Scotland a great deal of possession.  With minutes left on the clock the team found find their stride, but tries from replacements Michael Maltman and the return of speedster, James Fleming, neither of which were converted, were not enough to bring the scoreboard over into Scotland's favour.

Jack Cuthbert and Lewis Young both took the field in the match to win their first caps for Scotland 7s.  

Match details

Tries: Michael Maltman and James Fleming
Starting team: Scott Riddell, Colin Shaw, Struan Dewar, Colin Gregor, Mark Robertson, Andrew Turnbull and Scott Wight.
Replacements: Lewis Young, Jack Cuthbert (both 9mins), James Fleming, Michael Maltman (10mins) and Gregor Young (13mins).

Jack Cuthbert v Portugal in London - May 2014

Scotland 31-5 Portugal

Scotland 7s were a much improved side in their second game at the London 7s.  Their decision making and retention of possession saw them beat Portugal 31-5.

In order for them to qualify from the group and move into the Cup quarter-finals tomorrow they will need to beat South Africa at 5.22pm.

Gemmell said: "This was a better performance, but still not perfect.  We worked hard and showed our ability to be decisive.

We played South Africa last weekend and they will be smarting from that defeat.  They will want to prove they can win, but our players also have to prove themselves.

"To beat South Africa we will need to be outstanding in defence."

It was a dream game for Jack Cuthbert and Lewis Young who were handed their first starts.  Cuthbert scored a brace in the first half and then Young scored a cracking try that showed his pace and sevens credentials.  Lewis was also joined by twin brother Gregor on the scoreboard.  He completed the scoring for Scotland with a 90 metre run from one try-line to the other. 

Scott Riddell and Scott Wight returned to the form of last weekend, leading by example with accurate tackling.

Match details

Tries: Andrew Turnbull, Jack Cuthbert (2), Lewis Young & Gregor Young
Conversions: Colin Gregor (2) and Scott Wight
Starting team: Scott Riddell, Colin Gregor, Andrew Turnbull, Michael Maltman, Scott Wight, Lewis Young and Jack Cuthbert.
Replacements: Colin Shaw (7mins), Struan Dewar, Gregor Young (both 8mins), James Fleming and Mark Robertson (both 9mins).

Scotland 12-26 South Africa

Scotland 7s ended day one of the London 7s with a defeat at the hands of South Africa, 12-26.  They will now play Argentina or Wales in tomorrow's Bowl quarter-finals at 9.44am.

Scotland competed well in the first half of the match, but a strong and more concise Sprinboks out played them in the end.  Gemmell said:

We played better in this match and showed the rugby we can play.  But our work rate, accuracy, tempo and skills was not good enough."

Cuthbert scored his third try of the day as the Scots went in at half-time 5-14 down.  Lewis Young then scored his second try of the afternoon, when twin brother Gregor picked off the pass sending Lewis in with 55 metres to cover. 

Scott Wight was denied a last ditch chance when he and his opposite man played a game of football, Wight put in three kicks to take him over the whitewash, but he just lost the foot-race in the end.

Match details

Tries: Jack Cuthbert and Lewis Young
Conversion: Colin Gregor
Starting team: Scott Riddell, Colin Gregor, Andrew Turnbull, Michael Maltman, Scott Wight, Lewis Young and Jack Cuthbert.
Replacements: Colin Shaw (8mins), Struan Dewar, Mark Robertson (both 10mins), Gregor Young and James Fleming (both 11mins).