Scotland Sevens sit seventh in the standings at the halfway point of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

At the weekend in Las Vegas they picked up five points after reaching the last four of the Challenge Trophy.

As a result they have 50 points ahead of the events to come in Vancouver, Hong Kong, Singapore, Paris and London.

Speaking after the Vegas tournament, Scotland Head Coach Calum MacRae said: “Not qualifying for the Cup never sits well. There is frustration when you do some things outstandingly well but let others slip.

“I thought we played strong games against Australia and Fiji, but at critical points we opened the door and invited the opposition back, in which cost us qualification.

“We bounced back on day two and completely controlled the tie against Japan delivering a more complete performance.

“Having gifted Wales turnover tries at the start of the match, we fought back well for the win in the second half. That spirit is ever present in this group of players.

“Our strength is playing as a team and when we deliver, we win games. We lost our concentration against Samoa and paid the price.

“Jamie Farndale was a handful all weekend and adapted to a positional shift which was pleasing.

“Hugh Blake got some good minutes under his belt after being out long-term and Sean Kennedy and Tom Brown contributed well for their first outing in a number of years. Credit to all of them for adapting to new roles.”

Defeats to  Australia and Fiji came on Day One before, on Day Two, Scott Wight scored two early tries against Japan and Farndale added a third before the break to give Scotland a 19-0 lead.

Japan hit back after the break but the Scots showed no signs of resting on their laurels, keeping up the attacking and scoring late tries through Hugh Blake and James Fleming, 33-7 the final score.

Victory meant the Scots finished third in Pool D, setting up a Challenge Trophy quarter-final against Wales.

Farndale’s impressive try scoring form continued, crossing for his fifth in five matches, to give Scotland an early lead.

Wales hit back and scored three unanswered tries before Dougie Fife got the Scots back into things.

Farndale made it six for the tournament to level things up before Fife’s second of the day gifted Scotland the victory setting up at Trophy semi-final against Samoa.

On Day Three Scotland couldn’t carry on their good form and lost out 24-0 to Samoa.

Attention now reverts to Canada this coming weekend where Scotland have been drawn in Pool D along with New Zealand, Canada and Russia.

Jamie Farndale is pictured in Las Vegas

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