Curling: Scots recover to win bronze clash

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Scotland won bronze medals when they beat Denmark by 7-6 in yesterday’s play-off game to determine third and fourth places.

It was an outstanding recovery by the five-man Scottish squad – skip David Murdoch, Tom Brewster, Scott Andrews, Michael Goodfellow and Greg Drummond – who were obviously clearly disappointed when they had earlier lost out in the semi-final against Canada, going down 6-3. Even after his bronze win, skip Murdoch could not help reflecting on what might have been and said: “It’s disappointing not getting to the final – we had that chance but we didn’t grasp it. But we wanted to make sure we went home with a medal, so we were really fired to come out and win today. It’s just rewards for such a good week”.

The Lockerbie man continued: “This is the world championships before the Olympics and you tend to find that the best teams are here and they’re starting to get to the top of their game. The fact that we can top the round-robin and shoot some really good numbers shows that we’re doing a lot of things right.”

The Scots opened with a two in the first end and then Denmark got onto the board in the fifth with two points when skip Rasmus Stjerne drew into the house to level the score.

In the sixth end, Murdoch produced a nose-hit on a Danish stone at the back of the house to score two and take a two-point lead, at 4-2. But in the seventh, the Danes once again leveled. This time skip Stjerne shot out a Scottish stone to score two points for 4-4.

In the eighth, Murdoch played a well-judged tap-out while keeping his own in the house to score three points for a 7-4 lead.

Stjerne produced a spectacular multiple take-out to score two and keep the game alive but Murdoch then cleared out two Danish stones for a 7-6 win.