Scotland Sevens' success on home soil

(IRB.COM) Tuesday 30 April 2013
 
 Scotland Sevens' success on home soil
Colin Gregor scored the decisive conversion for Scotland against Fiji in 2011 as the hosts won 14-12

In our latest 'Golden Moments' we look back to the 2010 and 2011 Edinburgh Sevens where the hosts were in impressive form against one of Sevens' giants.

It is that form that the hosts of this weekend's Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens will be hoping to create as they look to secure their place as a core team for the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series.

"It is easier being at home, it is familiar surroundings, and there are no excuses with the jet lag or the travel," said head coach Stephen Gemmell.

"You only have to look historically that we have done well at home and that is perhaps why, but that has to be a focus for us this weekend."

Scotland outclass Fiji at home

When Gemmell was re-appointed as coach ahead of the fourth round in New Zealand, Scotland had just nine points and he admits that avoiding relegation would be better than their respective performances in Scotland. 

"You only need to look at where we were at the beginning of the season. Nine points after three rounds and you are staring down the barrel.

"We have been under pressure since round one but the players have dealt well with that and I would say that [avoiding relegation] would be our biggest achievement as a collective."

In 2010 Scotland won the Plate having beaten Fiji 31-14 in the pool rounds, before recording victories against South Africa and Argentina while 12 months later Colin Gregor then scored a decisive conversion for a 14-12 victory against the Pacific Islanders.

This year Scotland face England, New Zealand and Portugal, but is another memorable win on the cards?

"It is always special when you turnover one of the bigger teams at home," said Gregor, who now captains the side and has played in every minute of every match this season for Scotland.

"I remember how loud the crowd are, not just when you run onto the pitch, but when you're scoring tries as well. When the crowd is behind you it does give you a lift and made that kick a little easier in 2011."


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Round 8
9-10 May 2015
Venue: Scotstoun Stadium
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Capacity: 15,000

 
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