Sell-out Scotstoun crowd revel in world class Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s event

It had it all; fun, fancy dress, the world’s best rugby sevens talent on show and all with a unique and wonderful Glasgow flavour – it was, of course, the Emirates Airline Rugby 7s at a sell-out Scotstoun Stadium.

The fourth HSBC Sevens World Series event to be held in Glasgow produced a world-class sporting event, and, undoubtedly, the city’s biggest party.

A packed Scotstoun saw Fiji lift the Cup in emphatic fashion, after defeating New Zealand in a final packed with strong running and silky skills which belied the wet conditions.

The ever-present magic of Fiji proved a real crowd pleaser, lifting the roof over the weekend with their flair and unique style of play, making them the neutrals’ favourites for the final.

Their opponents in the final, New Zealand, were impressive as ever, with other stand out teams over the two days including England, USA, Australia and Canada.

However, the majority of the packed crowd’s highlights were produced by the home side. A last minute victory over Canada, in which Joe Nayacavou crossed the line ina  heart-stopping finish to put hosts Scotland in the Plate Final, was one of the stand-out moments.

In a tight match a Damien Hoyland try took Scotland to within inches of beating the 2014 Commonwealth champions, South Africa as the scores reached 10-12 in the last minute. Sadly Russell Weir’s conversion attempt to level the scores hit the cross-bar, leaving Scotland as runner’s up and with a sixth place finish in the tournament overall.

Scotland 7s head coach Calum McRae said:

“The passion and character the players have showed here in Glasgow is something everyone should be proud of. We’ve enjoyed the experience and any time the players come out on home soil they take a huge amount of passion out with them and they have played very well this weekend. If you look at the progress they have made this year I think they have exceeded a lot of expectations, credit to them.”

There was just as much magic off the park, with fans from the family stand to the party stand, not letting the weather dampen their spirits, as they sang and danced from minute one to the final whistle. O’Flower of Scotland resonated around the ground, matched by shouts of ‘Go Fiji go’ and the famous chant of ‘U-S-A’ – it was an atmosphere for all to enjoy.

Dominic McKay, Scottish Rugby’s Director of Commercial Operations, Communications and Public Affairs, and director of the Glasgow tournament said:

“Once again the people of Glasgow and Scotland came out and showed why it is a fantastic city to host international sporting events. The support they gave every team generated a very special atmosphere and time and again we heard from the players, officials and sponsors how much they enjoyed being a part of it.  Scotland has spent many years building up its round of the HSBC Sevens World Series and we have been very proud to host it, with the support of all of our partners.”