Singapore 7s: day one round-up

Scotland 7s recorded a win, draw and a loss on the opening day of competition at Singapore 7s, yet were just short of Kenya’s points differential, and as a result will compete in the Bowl on day two.

Calum MacRae’s men fell to a 33-0 defeat at the hands of an impressive South African outfit in the tournament opener, before drawing 12-all in s hotly-contested match-up with Kenya, before putting Russia to the sword with an emphatic 36-17 win in the final match of pool proceedings.

Kenya, who also recorded a win, draw and a loss, progressed to the Cup competition with a superior points differential of 0, to Scotland’s -14.

Scotland will face Canada in the Bowl quarter-final at 3.52am (BST). 

Head Coach Calum Macrae said: “We missed a real opportunity to get into the cup today with it going to points difference and Kenya pipping us. 

“When we used possession well, we opened them up and scored good tries in the outside channels, highlighting that we need more possessions through the ties. 

“It was challenging for the lads in the humidity and they worked their socks off.

“All out attack and tempo was the mindset against Russia and we scored some excellent tries. We knew we had to post a big score but the 30 odd points wasn't enough. 

“The sin-binnings we have received the last 2 weeks have been bemusing, so we will have to look at that because going down to 6 players hurt us again versus South Africa.  

“We will go away tonight and look at the specifics for the Canada game in the morning.”

 Despite a tough start against South Africa, losing 33-0, Scotland bounced back to put in a huge performance against Kenya, which ended in a 12-all draw.

James Johnstone, who was outstanding on attack throughout the day, was first on the scoresheet with a try in the third muinute, yet Kenya bounced back on the brink of half-time with a try of their own. The successful conversion gave them a 7-5 lead at the interval.

As the curtain raised for the second-half, Kenya opened up their lead further with a try from Andrew Amonde (12-5).

Scotland’s reply came in the 12th miunte, when ever-present Mark Robertson executed well to tie the game at 12-all.

The teams continued to do battle following the hooter, before Kenya decided to kick the ball into touch and take the draw, leaving it all to play for in the teams’ respective ties against Russia and South Africa. 

Scotland got off to a flyer in their third fixture of the day with Joe Nayacavou, Johnstone and James Fleming all getting on the scoresheet after just five minutes of play.

Russia replied with a try of their own to make it 19-5, before Fleming grabbed his second to take the score to 24-5 at half-time.

Russia scored either side of a Dougie Fife try, before Scott Wight closed with a try, which he duly converted to take the score to 36-17 at the close of the game.