Scotland miss out in quest for sevens bowl

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SCOTLAND’s sevens team were knocked out in the semi-final of the Bowl competition on Saturday in the second day of competition at the Emirates Airline Dubai 7s. After losing all three of their games on Friday, the Scots started the day well with a 29-14 victory over Australia before losing 12-5 to Argentina in the third-tier semi.

Later in the day, Samoa made it a miserable weekend for New Zealand by beating them 26-15 in the final of the main competition.

Scotland’s coach Phil Greening said: “We were absolutely gutted to have been knocked out in our second game. We didn’t fulfil our roles and as a result didn’t progress to the Bowl final. We played so well against Australia in the morning, scoring five tries. The difference between the two games was we didn’t stick to our jobs on the field against Argentina and that is unacceptable.”

Paul Perez scored two tries to help Samoa to their win over New Zealand and their first Dubai Sevens title, the second leg of the International Rugby Board’s Sevens World Series.

Samoa captain Afa Aiono said: “It was a very exciting moment for the boys. There are a lot of new guys on the team. They stepped up and believed they could do the job.”

New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens put the loss down to sloppy play from his side but he said he was happy the team reached their second final in the first two tournaments, giving them a six-point lead over Fiji, Kenya and Samoa in the title race.

Kenya beat France 15-12 in the play-off for third place and Wales beat Canada 21-14 to win the Plate. England beat Spain 26-5 for the Shield after being humbled by Portugal in the group stages and losing to Argentina in the bowl quarter-finals. This means that Scotland have been seeded above England in Pool B of the South Africa Sevens in Port Elizabeth this weekend.