Day Two Defeat Puts Scotland 7S In The Bowl
Scotland will face Japan in the Bowl quarter-final tomorrow after losing to pool opponents Argentina (14-7) and Tonga (22-7) on day two of the IRB Adelaide 7s. Scotland started the morning with a marked improvement from their day one defeat to New Zealand and were unfortunate not to come away with more from the opening encounter against Argentina. Scotland will face Japan in the Bowl quarter-final tomorrow after losing to pool opponents Argentina (14-7) and Tonga (22-7) on day two of the IRB Adelaide 7s. Scotland started the morning with a marked improvement from their day one defeat to New Zealand and were unfortunate not to come away with more from the opening encounter against Argentina. Scotland opened the scoring with a try from stand-off Rory Hutton, who beat the tracking sweeper to the try line after some good, ball-retaining phase-play. Contracted sevens internationalist Mike Adamson added conversion however, having equalised before the half-time hooter, the Argentines nicked the lead and the win in a very tense second-half with the Scots left rueing a couple of missed opportunities to take a scalp from a top-eight side. Scotland 7s head coach Stephen Gemmell, said: “It was certainly an improvement on the New Zealand game in that we got ourselves into a good winning position against a top team but our lack of experience [the squad have four new caps in Adelaide] was evident towards the end when we could have made more of a couple of chances.” While the reduced physicality of the Argentines suited the Scots in their day two opener, there was be no doubt that their second match of the day, against Tonga, would be anything but. A pair of unconverted Tongan tries gave the Islanders the lead but their missed conversions meant that a try from pocket rocket Andrew Turnbull, and resulting conversion from Adamson, put them right back in contention. Disappointingly the Tongans got a converted score just before the break to stretch the lead before and unconverted effort sealed the tie in the second-half. Gemmell added: “The match against Tonga was disappointing in that it was a step down from our performance against Argentina early today but, like against New Zealand, we failed to cope with the physicality at the breakdown.” The result Scotland means that Scotland will play Japan in the IRB Adelaide 7s Bowl quarter-final at 11.44am local time tomorrow (Sunday, 1.14am GMT). Scotland 7s v ArgentinaStruan Dewar (Heriot’s)**, Lewis Calder (London Scottish), Pat MacArthur (Glasgow Warriors), Mike Adamson*, Rory Hutton (Heriot’s)**, Lee Jones (Selkirk)**, Andrew Turnbull (Edinburgh)ReplacementsRoss Curle (Ayr) on for Hutton, Michael Fedo (Watsonians) on for McArthur, Peter Jericevich (Glasgow Hawks)** on for Adamson Scotland 7s v TongaStruan Dewar (Heriot’s)**, Pat MacArthur (Glasgow Warriors), Michael Fedo (Watsonians), Peter Jericevich (Glasgow Hawks)**, Mike Adamson*, Ross Curle (Ayr), Andrew Turnbull (Edinburgh)ReplacementsLee Jones (Selkirk)** on for Jericevich, Pat MacArthur (Glasgow Warriors) on for Calder Scotland 7s squad to compete at the IRB Sevens World Series event in Adelaide (19-21 March): Lewis Calder (London Scottish), Struan Dewar (Heriot’s)**, Michael Fedo (Watsonians), Pat MacArthur (Glasgow Warriors), Colin Shaw*, Mike Adamson*, Ross Curle (Ayr), Rory Hutton (Heriot’s)**, Peter Jericevich (Glasgow Hawks)**, Lee Jones (Selkirk)**, Chris Kinloch (Glasgow Warriors), Andrew Turnbull (Edinburgh) Unavailable due to injury: Scott Forrest* (ankle) * = Scotland 7s contracted player ** = Member of Scottish Rugby’s National Academy IRB Adelaide Sevens, Pool A: New Zealand, Argentina, Scotland, TongaScotland’s fixture on day one (Friday 19 March) of the IRB Adelaide Sevens:New Zealand 31-0 ScotlandArgentina 14-7 ScotlandScotland 7-22 TongaScotland’s fixtures on day three (Sunday 21 March) of the IRB Adelaide SevensScotland v Japan, 11.44am local time (1.14am GMT) The Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s• The Emirates Airline Edinburgh Sevens Festival is the eighth and final leg of the IRB Sevens World Series. It will be held at Murrayfield on 29 and 30 May 2010. • Tickets are available to by logging onto www.edinburgh7s.com Ticket prices• Adult one day advance ticket -£15 £20 on the day) • Family one day advance ticket -£35 (two adults & two children)• Senior one day citizen -£10 • One day student and under-18 -£10 and£5 The Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s is one of two major events at Murrayfield in the month of May• Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 May: Rugby League’s Magic Weekend• Saturday 29 and Sunday 30: Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s Scottish Rugby has worked extensively with event partners Event Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council, to fully promote the world-class events coming to Murrayfield and ensure that everybody attending knows what Edinburgh as a city has to offer both the resident and the visitor.