Cape Town 7s: Day one round-up

Scotland 7s enter the Bowl competition for a second consecutive leg, following a third place finish in Pool A at the close of day one in Cape Town. 

Scotland suffered two defeats on day one at the hands of a majestic Fiji (34-19) and Argentina (19-14), yet a convincing 33-10 defeat of Russia was enough to see Scotland into the third tier competition. 

Head Coach Calum MacRae’s men will now face Samoa in the Bowl quarter-final tomorrow morning (kick-off 8.36am GMT).

He said:

Through all the ties we've played quality rugby in spells, its important we put together a more complete performance. 

“The endeavour is clearly there with the players, its now about retaining the positives and backing ourselves.

“We must control ball from the start of games, should we do that we will get our noses in front and dictate the tie. 

“We showed again today we score tries against anyone late in ties when we need to, but that leaves things hanging in the balance.”

Classy Fijians prove too strong in tournament opener

Fresh off a Cup victory in Dubai, Fiji put on a fine display of attacking rugby against Scotland, scoring three tries in the opening five minutes to give them a comfortable 17-0 lead approaching the break. 

On the half-time hooter Jamie Farndale powered his way over the line for his third score of the Series, and his side’s opener for the day. Gavin Lowe’s successful conversion closed the gap to just ten points at the interval (7-17).

The Pacific Islanders started the second-half as they did the first scoring two tries in quick succession to widen the gap to 22 points (29-7).

However, Scotland replied with two tries of their own with Farndale securing his brace and Robbie Nairn scoring fresh off the bench, Scott Wight converting the latter of the scores (19-29).

Despite Scotland’s late rally, the unrelenting Fiji had the last say with Ravouvou crossing the whitewash in the last play of the game to close the scores at 34-19 in favour of the men in white. 

Comeback too late for spirited Scots

Despite an exciting and very open first period, Scotland and Argentina only managed to conjure a try a-piece as the half-time whistle sounded. 

The Argentines crossed the line in the opening minute, before James Johnstone nulled the score with a try on his own two minutes before the half time whistle; Wight and Ezcurra converted their respective sides’ scores to make it 7-all at the break.

And the scores would remain the same until Argentina broke the deadlock in the 11th minute through Riera, with Sabato adding another only a minute later to give their side a 19-7 lead. 

Captain Scott Wight retorted on his side’s behalf dotting down and duly converting his own try, yet it proved too little, too late as the referee’s whistle sounded to end the game; Argentina claiming the victory, 19-14.

Scotland extinguish Russia’s bright start with try onslaught 

Russia started the brighter of the sides in the opening minutes in Scotland’s third and final tie of the day, scoring two tries in as many minutes through Sukhin and Lazarenko.

However, these would be Russia’s only points of the first-half, and, indeed, the game, as Scotland turned up the heat to score 33 unanswered points. 

Lee Jones and Farndale both grabbed tries before half-time, with Wight’s conversion proving the divisive factor and giving the Scots a 14-10 lead at the break.

Wight grabbed his second 7-pointer of the day to open the second half through a converted try of his own, before Mark Robertson scored an impressive double to see Scotland end the day with an convincing 33-10 defeat of the newly promoted core side.

Scotland 7s Pool A results

Scotland 19 v 34 Fiji

Tries: Jamie Farndale (2) and Robbie Nairn

Conversions: Gavin Lowe and Scott Wight.

Scotland 14 v 19 Argentina

Tries: James Johnstone and Scott Wight

Conversions: Scott Wight (2).

Scotland 33 v 10 Russia

Tries: Lee Jones, Jamie Farndale, Scott Wight and Mark Robertson (2).

Conversions: Scott Wight (4)