Scotland Make Scorching Start To Edinburgh 7S

Scotland Make Scorching Start To Edinburgh 7S

England 17, Scotland 33After almost three hours of spectacular rugby sevens on display at Murrayfield this morning, Scotland took the field against England in soaring temperatures and scorched their way to their second ever victory over their cross border rivals.Scotland’s only previous victory over England came in the Plate final of the Wellington Sevens where they won by just two points.Therefore, today’s win makes it their best ever win over the Auld Enemy.After the final whistle, Scotland 7s coach Stephen Gemmell spoke of his desire to emulate that performance when his side face Kenya and Canada later today: “We said it was a key game for us but probably the most important game for us is the next one coming up.”It’s a strange thing to say as a coach but the England game would always take care of itself because of the nature of the game. It’s at Murrayfield with the hype and everything that goes along with it.”The thing for me is those boys played with real confidence. It wasn’t a nervy performance and it wasn’t a static performance.”We dug deep at times because we had to but I just think that the quality of rugby we played has really put a marker down for us in this tournament but it’s going to count for nothing if we don’t get this next game right.”Temperatures have continued to rise all morning at the national stadium and Gemmell is delighted that Scotland’s performance enlightened the home support.”You want a crowd here,” he said, “you want good weather and you want some quality rugby. I’ve watched a number of games here this morning and some of the rugby on show has been unbelievable and I’m glad that we have contributed to that.”The first of Scotland’s five tries came from Edinburgh centre John Houston. Newcomer to the squad, Scotland internationalist Sean Lamont, gave the visitors real problems in the contact area as he soaked up the English defence on the right flank before the ball was worked back to the left. Glasgow Warriors scrum-half/stand-off Colin Gregor converted.Scotland then retained possession effectively as England struggled to get out of their own half. A cross-field kick from Gregor found Greig Laidlaw who passed inside to Ally Hogg who made good territory.Hogg popped the ball back inside to Laidlaw who burned his way to the line. Gregor converted.A third Scottish try sent the Scotland fans at Murrayfield into fever pitch.Hogg stayed big in the contact to control England’s attempt to turnover ball. Sean Lamont came looking for ball and he duly received and burst through to the try line. Gregor converted.Scotland’s defence held firm until the dying seconds of the first half. It was eventually broken when England worked an overlap on the right touchline where Ollie Phillips sent a wide pass to James Rodwell who crossed in the corner. Ben Gollings failed to convert.Half-time score: England 5, Scotland 21England made their way back into contention, crossing twice in the opening exchanges of the second period.Straight from the kick-off, England fired a simple ball out wide to Uche Odouza who bolted up the left wing. The covering tackle from Lamont was too late.Scotland were shortly back in English territory, however, fatigue started to creep into their game as a quick penalty inside their own half exposed a slowly retreating defence which Gollings exploited. He converted his own score.With only four points between the two sides, Gemmell replaced Hogg and Lamont to bring on the fresh legs of Colin Shaw and Andrew Turnbull.Their injection into the game brought around an extra edge that Scotland had begun to lose in the second period.The decision to make changes paid off when Roddy Grant crashed his way through the England defence. He came out the other side and touched down between the posts. Gregor converted.It was left to Turnbull to seal the game off for the Scots, as he had sealed the Cup semi-final place last weekend with a late try against Portugal.Gregor kicked a penalty into touch instead of going for points and it proved to be right decision. Scotland won their own lineout ball and threw ball wide to Turnbull who crossed the whitewash.Full-time score: England 17 – 33 Scotland Scotland starting team v England: Scott Forrest (Ayr)* CAPTAIN, Roddy Grant (West of Scotland)*, Allister Hogg (Edinburgh), John Houston (Edinburgh), Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh), Colin Gregor (Glasgow Warriors), Sean Lamont (Northampton)England starting team v Scotland: Tom Biggs, Rob Vickerman, James Rodwell, Ollie Phillips, Kevin Barrett, Ben Gollings, Chris CracknellScotland 7s squad to compete at the Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s Festival (30 and 31 May): Scott Forrest (Ayr)* CAPTAIN, Mike Adamson (Glasgow Warriors), Roddy Grant (West of Scotland)*, Colin Gregor (Glasgow Warriors), Allister Hogg (Edinburgh), John Houston (Edinburgh), Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh), Sean Lamont (Northampton), Hefin O’Hare (Glasgow Warriors), Colin Shaw (Glasgow Warriors), Jim Thompson (Edinburgh), Andrew Turnbull (Edinburgh)* = Member of Scottish Rugby’s Contracted National AcademyEdinburgh Pool C: Kenya, England, Canada, ScotlandScotland 7s’ Pool C fixtures on day one (Saturday 30 May) of the Emirates Airline Edinburgh Sevens Festival: England v Scotland (kick-off 12.09pm), Kenya v Scotland (3.13pm), Canada v Scotland (6.56pm)

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