Scotland faced up to the mighty All Blacks in their final pool match at Delhi University and were overpowered by the Kiwis 44 points to nil.
Securing their place in the quarter finals after a tough 19-17 win over Canada earlier in the day, the Scots knew the pressure was off them going into the game but were still hoping for a solid performance. However the Kiwis stayed strong and dominated the match, 24 points ahead by half time. The tries continued for them in the second half and they will face Wales in their quarter final tomorrow.
Captain Scott Forrest was disappointed to end on a loss but happy with the days’ result. “We’re delighted to get into the quarter finals. We’ve never done that in a Commonwealth Games. They weren’t our best performances but we’re happy with the two wins. The last game was very disappointing but it’s a taste of what’s to come tomorrow. Some harsh lessons learned but we needed to step up a level.”
South Africa topped Pool B with victories over Tonga, India and Wales, and will be Scotland’s opponents at 11.44hrs tomorrow. The last time the two sides met was in the semi-final of the plate competition at the Edinburgh IRB 7s. Scotland came out on top and went onto beat Argentina to lift the plate.
Treu assessed Scotland as their opposition saying “It is always difficult playing Scotland. Last time we played they beat us in Scotland so we don’t know what to expect. What’s important for us is to focus on our players and play up to their potential.”
I am happy that we’ve reached our target of making the top eight. There are things that we need to work but there’s everything to play for. We’ll re-group tonight and be ready for tomorrow,” Coach Stephen Gemmell concluded.