Johnstone will never forget Ibrox atmosphere

Over the past six weeks, Scotland 7s back, James Johnstone has been sharing his experiences of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games with www.scottishrugby.org.

Today, he shares his thoughts and feelings after his team’s seventh place finish at Ibrox over the weekend.

Johnstone has been prevalent in the Scotland 7s squad throughout the 2013-14 HSBC Sevens World Series season.  To date he has won 18 caps and scored 22 tries on the circuit.  He now has a Rugby World Cup 7s (Moscow 2013) and a Commonwealth Games, where he scored a try v Barbados, added to his tally.    

The Dumfries-born player signed full-time with the abbreviated national team following a spell as an elite development player with Glasgow Warriors.

James Johnstone scores v Barbados

James Johnstone: Commonwealth Games week six

The experience at the weekend was incredible.  The atmosphere at Ibrox was truly unbelievable and the support, we had was second to none.

Running out to a sell-out crowd and a world record-breaking sevens audience was the highlight of my career!  I know the whole team appreciated the noise and were taken aback by how passionate the support was in getting behind Scotland.

On the playing front, it was disappointing not to achieve our goal of a medal.  We ran New Zealand (14-17) the closest we have ever come to overturning them, but we gave them too much of a lead at the outset.

On day one we got through to the quarter-finals by going on to beat Barbados (56-0) and Canada (21-5).

We then met a strong South Africa (35-12) side that went onto, deservedly win the Gold.  We then played England, the atmosphere during this game was incredible. However, disappointingly we gave them too much of a lead and we didn't play our best and they won 15-12.

To win a medal at these Games, we had to be at our best for every minute of every game and unfortunately we were unable to achieve that momentum.

Overall though, the experience was incredible and I will never forget competing at Glasgow 2014.