Scotland played their hearts out in the plate final today at Delhi University but it was just one match too far after two tough and tiring matches earlier in the day. Samoa ran out victors 34-0 to lift the Plate.
Samoa had the advantage of extra rest time as they played their semi before the Scots. Their strength and stamina shone through as they worked hard across the pitch and capitalised on their chances and Scotland’s errors.
Scotland Captain, Scott Forrest reviewed the competition saying, “Overall it’s disappointing to finish on that result but there have been a lot of good things for us in this competition. It was very tight against South Africa; it could have gone either way. The work rate in the Kenya game was outstanding. To go to extra time, dig in and get the result was really great. All credit to Samoa; they’re quick off the ball and deserved their win.”
Seventeen points ahead at the break, the momentum continued in Samoa’s favour as Scottish legs tired and the trophy slipped out their grasp. The reigning IRB Series Champions take fifth spot while Scotland settles for sixth position; but against the level teams competing, it is a result for the players to be proud of.
Scotland coach Stephen Gemmell said after his last match at the helm, “The boys have put in a tremendous effort over the last few days and it’s a case of what could have been. It’s a missed opportunity (the South African defeat) but they came back well against Kenya, a great spirit was needed to do that so I can’t ask for anymore.
“I’ve loved my time coaching the squad. It’s a massive honour to coach your country and I’ve had some wonderful experiences. I hope Scotland 7s continues to move forward and go from strength to strength.”
Forrest concluded, “Overall, we’re going to remember the good bits. The Games have been great; the boys have really loved it. The extra training out here really did pay off and getting behind the other athletes has been a wonderful part of the experience too.”
Gold – New Zealand
Silver – Australia
Bronze – South Africa
4th – England
5th – Samoa
6th – Scotland
7th – Papua New Guinea
8th – Canada