Thistles finish third at Meggetland GB7s

Scottish Thistles recorded a third place finish at the second leg of the GB7sSeries held at Meggetland today (Saturday 31 May) . The Scotland 7s development squad topped their pool in a convincing manner, yet fell to defeat in a tight game against Samurai in the semi-final, before going on to beat IRFU Exiles in a third-fourth place play-off.Liam Steele

Scottish Thistles head coach Graham Shiel, said:

“We’re disappointed not to make it to the final, especially since we ran Samurai so close, but on the positive side of things we put together five solid performances today.

“Some of the invitational teams, especially the likes of Samurai, are among the top in the world, and it’s testament to our team that we can run them so close.

“Next week for the final leg of the series, the team will once again change slightly, as we hope to promote some of these boys to the senior Scotland side to compete in the FIRA tournament in Lyon. If they can make that step-up and compete at the higher level, then its credit to this programme, which provides the foundation for the boys to build their experience.

First up Thistles defeated Crawshays, fighting off a late comeback from the Welsh development side, to run away with a, 26-15, win. Heriot’s lock Murray Douglas crossed the line twice, with his club team-mate Liam Steele also dotting down, the other try coming from Callum Anderson. Iain Chisholm converted three of the four scores.

In the second tie Thistles faced IRFU Exiles, coming away with a, 26-17, win, despite trailing at half-time. Tries came from Ryan Godsmark, Alex Cox and Richard Mill, with Chisholm also crossing the line and adding the extras to three of the scores.

The Thistles closed out the pool with an emphatic, 36-12, victory over Wailers, a team which included former Edinburgh Rugby players Alex Blair and Sep Visser. Captain Nyle Godsmark grabbed two tries, with Douglas,  Chisholm, Steele and Anderson scoring the others. Chisholm was successful with three of the conversion attempts.

The semi-final was a tit-for-tat affair, with Samurai proving to be the thorn in Thistles’ side for the second week on the bounce. Samurai clutched victory from the jaws of defeat with a try on the final-whistle, to give them a, 31-26, win. For the second time today Nyle Godsmark grabbed two tries for Thistle with Steele and George Horne also crossing the whitewash. Chisholm converted three of the scores.

In the third-fourth play-off, Thistles faced IRFU Exiles, who they had previously defeated in the pool stages, 26-17. Thistles again proved the dominant of the two sides, as they claimed a, 21-17, victory.

Pool stages

Scottish Thistles 26 Crawshays 15

Tries: Murray Douglas (2), Laim Steele and Callum Anderson.

Starting team: Murray Douglas, Nyle Godsmark, George Horne, Iain Chisholm, Liam Steele, Callum Anderson and Richard Mill.

Replacements: Douglas Flockhart, Ryan Godsmark, Tom Wilson, Alex Cox and Gregor Young.

Scottish Thistles 26 IRFU Exiles 17

Tries:  Ryan Godsmark, Iain Chisholm, Alex Cox and Richard Mill.

Starting team:  Douglas Flockhart, Ryan Godsmark, Tom Wilson, Iain Chisholm, Liam Steele, Alex Cox and Gregor Young.

Replacements: Murray Douglas, Nyle Godsmark, George Horne, Callum Anderson and Richard Mill.

Scottish Thistles 36 Wailers 12

Tries: Nyle Godsmark (2), Murray Douglas, Iain Chisholm, Liam Steele and Callum Anderson

Starting team: Murray Douglas, Nyle Godsmark, George Horne, Iain Chisholm, Liam Steele, Callum Anderson and Richard Mill.

Replacements: Douglas Flockhart, Ryan Godsmark, Tom Wilson, Alex Cox and Gregor Young.

Semi-final

Scottish Thistles  26 Samurai 31

Tries: Nyle Godmark (2), George Horne and Liam Steele

Starting team: Ryan Godsmark, Murray Douglas, Nyle Godsmark, George Horne, Iain Chisholm, Liam Steele and Alex Cox.

Replacements: Douglas Flockhart, Tom Wilson, Callum Anderson, Gregor Young and Richard Mill

Third-fourth place play-off

Scottish Thistles 21 IRFU Exiles 17

Tries: Liam Steele, Alex Cox and Richard Mill.

Starting team: Murray Douglas, Nyle Godsmark, Tom Wilson, Iain Chisholm, Liam Steele, Alex Cox and Richard Mill.

Replacements: Douglas Flockhart, Ryan Godsmark, George Horne, Callum Anderson and Gregor Young.