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Scotland Sevens win Shield in NZ

Roland Reid
Reid (left) in action against Australia in Wellington

Scotland's sevens team won the Shield title at the NZI New Zealand Sevens in Wellington with victory over Niue.

The Scots' 22-12 defeat by Australia in the Bowl quarter-final sent them into the Shield semi-final against Canada.

Tries by Andrew Turbull and Colin Gregor helped Scotland to a 14-7 win over the Canadians.

A comfortable 26-0 win over Niue followed with Andrew Easson, Turnbull, Gregor and Roland Reid all crossing the line and Gregor converting three times.

The next leg of the IRB World Sevens Series takes place in San Diego in the US.

That event will serve as preparation for the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Dubai at the beginning of March.


Scotland Sevens coach Stephen Gemmell:
"We were disappointed not to beat Australia in order to progress in the Bowl competition, but it's encouraging that we're back in contention for games now.

"We were close in our games, and we beat Tonga who went onto beat South Africa, so we're definitely on the upward slope.

"Niue beat Samoa to get to the Shield semi-final and that shows the level of their ability. I feel we played some of our best rugby in the final.

"These results give us something to take on into San Diego. No-one's getting carried away with things but it does provide us with some momentum."


Scotland Sevens team v Niue: Reid, Grant, Shaw, Adamson, Gregor, Easson, Turnbull.
Replacements: Hunter for Easson, Hutton for Adamson, Teague for Turnbull.

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see also
All change for Sevens Scots
03 Feb 09 |  Rugby Union
Roddy Grant column
27 Nov 08 |  Rugby Union
Worcester trio in England squad
28 Oct 08 |  Rugby Union
New Zealand in IRB seventh heaven
01 Jun 08 |  Scottish


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