Room for improvement

Rory Hughes
Rory Hughes

A SCOTLAND sevens team featuring former King’s Park pupil Rory Hughes will go into the 2013 Rugby Sevens World Cup qualifiers as the seventh seeded European team.

This follows a disappointing finish at the Odense sevens in Denmark on Sunday.

The Scots enjoyed a bright start to the tournament on Saturday, topping their group with a clean sweep of day-one wins over hosts Denmark, Germany and series leaders England to make the cup quarter-finals.

But they could not recapture that form in the day-two knock-out rounds, slipping to three straight defeats to Wales, Georgia and Russia to finish eighth in the tournament and seventh overall in the FIRA-AER GP European sevens series.

Head coach Graham Shiel said: “We had a disappointing day today after such a positive start to the tournament.

“We didn’t start well against Wales and struggled for possession, coughed up the ball too easily and couldn’t produce a performance to cause teams real problems, which made for a frustrating day”.

The Scotland 7s team, featuring the former GHA winger will now regroup and prepare for the Rugby World Cup qualifiers in Portugal in two week’s time.