MATCH DAY LIVE: Day One: Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

After losing out to New Zealand, 14-17, in a courageous first match, Scotland 7s bounced back and beat Barbados 56-0 with eight entertaining tries in front of the 50,000 strong Ibrox crowd. They then rounded off the day with a magnificent 21-5 win over Canada to ensure their place in the medal race on day 2.

The 12-man squad, according to head coach Stephen Gemmell, is the best abbreviated national team he has ever worked with in his five years with the team. The squad includes recent Scotland summer tour internationalists, Sean Lamont and Stuart Hogg, as well as a series of core professional sevens players, in Colin Gregor, Scott Riddell, James Johnstone and Colin Shaw and short game specialists from Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby.

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Lee Jones scores twice against New Zealand

Scotland 14-17 New Zealand

A nervy start for both teams, with Roddy Grant and Lee Jones felling the New Zealand attack in the opening minutes however Lam's fancy footwork saw him jig past oncomers and cross for New Zealand's first try, converted by Kaka. Wight and Hogg injected a bit of pace at the restart but a penalty to Scotland was reversed and Stowers nailed it in the corner, the conversion attempt by Kaka wide. A loose ball was collected by the men in black and Stowers rushed for the line to complete his brace, Kaka's conversion attempt again wide to make it 0-17 at half time.

If the first half had been New Zealand's it was all Scotland in the second as the crowd roared on the home side and rattled the opposition. Strong tackles from Hogg and Wight took the ball upfield again but a break from Hogg was wasted with no-one in support. Numbers were up for the next phase as a run starting with Mark Bennett ended in pass out wide to Jones who crossed in the corner, the score converted by Scott Wight.

Clearly rattled, first Kaka then Mikkleson were yellow carded. With New Zealand down to five men for 30 seconds, Wight set up Jones to score again and nailed the conversion to make it 14-17. New Zealand slowed the ball down at the restart, kicked out and took the match by the smallest margin ever between these two sides.

Tries: Lee Jones (2)
Conversions: Scott Wight (2)
Starting team: Scott Riddell, Roddy Grant, Richie Vernon, Stuart Hogg, Mark Bennett, Scott Wight and Lee Jones.
Replacements: Colin Gregor (10 mins), Sean Lamont, James Johnstone (both 11 mins), James Eddie and Colin Shaw (not used).

Mark Bennett scores the first try v Barbados

Scotland 56-0 Barbados

Kicking off the evening session, Scotland ran out in light drizzle to another packed house, with Barbados kicking off. Richie Vernon made the first break up the wing in a move that ended with Mark Bennett storming between the posts to touch down for the first try. Barbados saw their chance at the restart and were within a whisper of the tryline, brought down just short by Colin Gregor. Jones and Grant combined for the next score, Jones' third of the day swiftly followed by his fourth to put the Scots 21-0 ahead at half time, all the tries converted by Gregor.

Out of the blocks at pace at the restart, Scott Wight bolted for the line to score his first try for Scotland; Sean Lamont, on the front foot, added another a minute later. Less than sixty seconds after coming on as substitute, James Johnstone then secured the bounce to set off down the far wing, evade all oncoming tackles and jink his way through the defence and over the line for a magnificent solo effort.

Scotland's scrum with a minute to play saw the ball out wide to Wight and the offload to Hogg who put his foot on the gas to score. With the hooter sounding, Scotland won another scrum, Gregor chipped and kicked to Colin Shaw who made it eight tries with the final play, all eight converted by Colin Gregor.

Tries: Mark Bennett, Lee Jones (2), Scott Wight, Sean Lamont, James Johnstone, Stuart Hogg and Colin Shaw
Conversions: Colin Gregor (8)
Starting team: Scott Riddell, Roddy Grant, Richie Vernon, Colin Gregor, Mark Bennett, Scott Wight and Lee Jones.
Replacements: Sean Lamont (7 mins), Stuart Hogg, James Eddie, Colin Shaw (both 9 mins) and James Johnstone (10 mins).

Scotland 21-5 Canada

Willed on by the roars of a passionate full house at Ibrox, Scotland secured victory over the Canadians, revenge for their last meeting in Glasgow at the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s semi final when the north Americans triumphed.

Scotland were on the front foot from the off, a great start by Scott Riddell, powerful run from Mark Bennett and Lee Jones crossing in the corner after two minutes, Colin Gregor's conversion good. The Canadians answered back immediately with an unconverted try but it was to be their only points of the game as Scotland dominated, Richie Vernon putting in a magnificent run to touch down for the second score, just short of half time, the conversion making it 14-5 at the break.

Scotland pressed the line and nearly crossed twice in the opening three minutes of the second half as first Bennett was bundled into touch inches from the whitwash then Roddy Grant's attempt was judged no score. It was Bennett who added to the tally following a cracking dummy from Scott Wight in the Canadians' 22, the score converted again by Gregor. Despite pressure from the Canadians, Scotland repelled all advances to make the full-time score 21-5 and ensure their place in the medal race on day 2.

Tries: Lee Jones, Richie Vernon and Mark Bennett
Conversions: Colin Gregor (3)
Starting team: Scott Riddell, Roddy Grant, Richie Vernon, Colin Gregor, Mark Bennett, Scott Wight and Lee Jones.
Replacements: Sean Lamont, Stuart Hogg, Colin Shaw (all 10 mins), James Johnstone and James Eddie (both 13mins).

Squad and Pools

Scotland 7s squad to compete as part of Team Scotland, during Glasgow 2014, on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July at Ibrox Stadium:  Richie Vernon, James Eddie (both Glasgow Warriors), James Johnstone (Scotland 7s), Roddy Grant (Edinburgh Rugby), Scott Riddell, Colin Shaw (both Scotland 7s), Lee Jones (Glasgow Warriors), Colin Gregor, Scott Wight (both Scotland 7s), Mark Bennett, Sean Lamont and Stuart Hogg (all Glasgow Warriors).

Glasgow 2014 rugby sevens pools 

  • Pool A – New Zealand, Canada, Scotland, Barbados
  • Pool B – South Africa, Kenya, Cook Islands, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Pool C – Samoa, Wales, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia
  • Pool D – England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Uganda