Highlights from day one of the Emirates Airline Rugby 7s, Glasgow

The Emirates Airline Rugby 7s got off to a flyer on the first day of the tournament (Saturday 9 May) as Scotstoun played host to lots of exciting rugby sevens action.

The sell-out crowd also took well to the comic book fancy dress theme, with everybody from Dennis the Menace, Wonder woman, Wolverine and the Hulk enjoying the Glasgow sunshine.

However, it was the group of revellers dressed as characters from Mario Kart that scooped the best dressed prize and took home an exclusive DC Thomson ‘Oor Wullie’ comic book artwork signed by Scotland 7s’ captain Scott Wight.

The pick of the games from Saturday included both of Scotland’s opening two ties – wins against Portugal and Wales –, a last second New Zealand winner against Samoa, a 17-17 draw between Pool A qualifiers England and Australia, and crowd favourites Kenya beating Samoa 29-22.                                                                                  

Towards the end of the day there was a heavyweight battle in which defending champions New Zealand beat current HSBC World Series leaders South Africa 24-19 to top Pool B. Fiji, who were impressive throughout the day, inflicted Scotland’s first defeat of the day in the final game of day one.

Those results set up a mouthwatering Cup quarter final between the first and second placed teams in the World Series Standings, South Africa and Fiji, tomorrow (Sun 10 May).

The other Cup quarter-finals will be contested between Australia and USA, Canada and England and New Zealand and Scotland in front of another sell-out crowd.

Callum MacRae, Scotland 7s head coach, said: “We had a close tie against New Zealand in Tokyo which just got away from us after the hooter, but that’s something the boys will take confidence from and we will approach it with a positive mindset.”

The remaining teams will contest the Bowl quarter-finals which kick-off at 10.30am tomorrow with the first game between France and Japan.

On the back pitches at Scotstoun, the Daily Record Festival of Rugby took place with schools and clubs from across the country battling it out in an under-18 sevens tournament.

Jed Thistle emerged as champions in the top-tier Cup competition, defeating St Aloysius’ College 19-10 in front of a vibrant Scotstoun crowd, and Stirling County claimed a 19-12 victory over Ellon to lift the Plate.

For more information on Scotland 7s’ performance, visit scottishrugby.org