SCOTLAND lost 43-5 to New Zealand this afternoon in the last 16 of the Rugby World Cup Sevens and will now drop down to the subsidiary Challenge competition in the three-day event in Cape Town.
The Scots got through to the round of 16 with a solid 24-7 win over Jamaica in the morning’s preliminary round, but they were second best right from the start against the New Zealanders, who took the lead in the first minute and were 24-0 ahead at the break. Lee Jones got the first score of the second half to give his team a glimmer of hope, but Harvey Elms missed the conversion attempt. New Zealand quickly regained control after that and ran in three tries to add to the four they had scored in the first half.
The Scots try-scorers against Jamaica were Jamie Farndale (two), Femi Sofolarin and Kaleem Barreto. Matt Davidson added two conversions.