Scotland 7s conclude World Series campaign

Scotland 7s have ended their 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series campaign in 12th place in the circuit rankings.

Mark Robertson v Japan in London - May 2014The team were unable to hold onto or improve on tenth place, the position that they held coming into this weekend’s London 7s at Twickenham.

The Scots dropped out the Shield competition on day two in the semi-final with a 19-26 defeat to newly Series qualified Japan.

Things didn’t go to plan throughout the weekend.  On day one an opening loss to France, 10-14 was detrimental to their hopes of backing up last weekend’s fourth place finish in Glasgow.

Only one victory was recorded this weekend.  In their second match of the group stages they beat Portugal, 31-5.  Scotland also lost to South Africa, 12-26 in the pool and Wales 19-24 in the Bowl quarter-final.

Head coach, Stephen Gemmell, said: “This weekend’s performances are unacceptable.  I made six changes to the team at the beginning of the week to ensure my Commonwealth Games decision was informed.

“In terms of the London 7s I made the wrong decision and I take responsibility for that.  But, for finalising the team I will name in just over a week’s time [Wednesday 21 May] I maintain that the changes were the right thing to do.

I’m disappointed because the players I gave an opportunity this weekend have not taken their chance and our hard work from last weekend has been undone.

“Today, we lacked intensity, accuracy and physicality and we know if we do not operate at our highest level in these parts of our game any team in the world can beat us.

“Going forward we must keep addressing these elements.”

Scotland 7s’ attention will now move to Glasgow 2014.  The 12-man squad to compete in this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Ibrox will be named on Wednesday 21 May.

In the lead up to the Games Scotland 7s will compete at two FIRA-AER sevens tournaments in Lyon (6-7 June) and Moscow (27-28 June), also a one day short game event in London in (12) July.

Scotland 7s were unable to reach the Bowl semi-final in London this morning, despite a second-half fight back v Wales, having trailed 0-19, and taking the game to extra-time.

Jack Cuthbert v Portugal in London - May 2014New caps Cuthbert & Young score four tries a piece at London 7s

In the end Wales won the tie in sudden death, 24-19.  The Scots initially fell behind in the first period following tries from Adam Thomas and a brace from Luke Morgan.

Just before the half ended, Scotland had their first real opportunity to attack and they did so well when Jack Cuthbert set Lewis Young off into space and for their first try.

Cuthbert then crossed the whitewash in the second-half and then as the hooter went to end normal time, Mark Robertson stepped two men before crossing for Scotland's third try, which levelled the scores.

The angle for the conversion was just too tight for Colin Gregor, therefore extra time ensued.  Before anyone scored the ball changed hands on a number of occasions as both teams struggled to maintain their discipline.  James Fleming got within a few metres of the Welsh line, but he was tackled and his offload wasn't quite able to reach Struan Dewar who was in support.

The turnover was detrimental as the Welsh counter-attack was enough to see Samuel Cross touch down for the winning score.

It was a familiar story as Scotland 7s went into the last play of their Shield semi-final this afternoon.  As the hooter went the scores were tied at 19-19 v Japan just like the previous game against Wales.

This time though there was one more play and Japan who looked good with ball in hand throughout the tie won their first game of the weekend, 26-19.

At the break Scotland had the lead 12-7, but were ultimately let down by their lack of ball retention and defence.

On the scoreboard for the Scots were Lewis Young, Gregor and Michael Maltman.  Gregor converted two of his three attempts. 

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.

London 7s day one 

Scotland 10-14 France

  • 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). 

Scotland 31-5 Portugal

  • Tries: Andrew Turnbull, Jack Cuthbert (2), Lewis Young and 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

  • 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).

London 7s day two 

Scotland 19-24 Wales (Bowl quarter-final)

  • Tries: Lewis Young, Jack Cuthbert and Mark Robertson
  • Conversions: Colin Gregor (2)
  • Starting team: Struan Dewar, Colin Gregor, Andrew Turnbull, Michael Maltman, Scott Wight, Lewis Young and Jack Cuthbert.
  • Replacements: Gregor Young (10mins), James Fleming, Mark Robertson (both 10mins), Scott Riddell and Michael Maltman (not used). 

Scotland 19-26 Japan (Shield semi-final)

  • Tries: Lewis Young, Colin Gregor and Michael Maltman
  • Conversions: Colin Gregor (2)
  • Starting team: Struan Dewar, Gregor Young, Jack Cuthbert, Colin Gregor, Andrew Turnbull, Scott Wight and Lewis Young.
  • Replacements: Mark Robertson (8mins), James Fleming, Michael Maltman (12mins), Scott Riddell and Colin Shaw  (not used).