Scots 7 fall at final hurdle in HK World Series qualifier

Scotland Sevens captain Helen Nelson. Image: © Craig Watson.

SCOTLAND’s Sevens squad have just lost out in their attempt to reach the World Series, going down 28-19 to Brazil in the final of the qualifying tournament in Hong Kong this morning. Lisa Thomson opened the scoring with an unconverted try from a pop-up pass by Rhona Lloyd, but Brazil then opened up a 14-5 lead with two full scores before Abi Evans hit back in the last minute of the half with her fifth try of the tournament. That try was converted to make it 14-12 to the South Americans at the break.

Scotland regained the lead through Lloyd straight from the kick-off, and captain Helen Nelson converted to make it 19-14. That was Lloyd’s eighth try of the two-day event, and it briefly looked like it would inspire her team to take control of the game. But Brazil again hit back strongly, and established a 28-19 lead with two more full scores before running down the clock.

With only the winners of the tournament qualifying for the World Series, that means that Scotland are out of the elite division of the abbreviated game for at least another year. Earlier on day two, the Scots had a comfortable 36-12 win over Papua New Guinea in their quarter-final before holding off a late fightback from Japan in the semi-final to win 24-19. They had lost to Japan in day one’s pool games but qualified for the knockout stages with wins over Mexico and Belgium.

Scotland: Lisa Thomson, Abi Evans, Megan Gaffney, Hannah Smith, Chloe Rollie, Rhona Lloyd, Helen Nelson (captain). Substitutes: Annabel Sergeant, Jenny Maxwell, Mhairi Grieve, Liz Musgrove, Louise McMillan.

World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series Qualifier, day two:

Quarter-finals: Kenya 17 Argentina 15, Brazil 21 Kazakhstan 5, Scotland 36 Papua New Guinea 12, Japan 27 Hong Kong 7.

Semi-finals: Kenya 5 Brazil 17, Scotland 24 Japan 19.

Final: Brazil 28 Scotland 19.

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