Scotland lost to Argentina in the semi-finals of the Bowl competition on day two of the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens yesterday.
The Scots were parachuted into the third-tier Bowl after losing all three group matches on day one.
They started the second day in vastly improved form, with a 29-14, five-try victory over Australia in the quarter-finals. But Argentina proved too strong in the last-four clash, winning 12-5.
Phil Greening, the Scotland head coach, said: “We’re absolutely gutted to have been knocked out in our second game.
“We played so well against Australia this morning, scoring five tries. The difference between the two games was we didn’t stick to our jobs against Argentina and that is unacceptable.”
It was a hopeful start when Mark Robertson crossed the whitewash early on against Australia. Tries followed from Scott Riddell, James Johnstone, Michael Fedo and Alex Glashan. Captain Colin Gregor slotted two of the five conversions.
Scotland went into their Bowl semi-final with Argentina confidently, but Argentina went 12-0 up before the break and held that lead, until Darren Gillespie picked up a pass from Michael Maltman and touched down.
It was looking possible that Scotland could level the scores but Argentina did not yield.
Glashan suffered a calf strain in the Argentina match and will be replaced by Russell Weir for the South Africa leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.