Scotland Sevens man James Fleming has now scored 101 tries on the HSBC Sevens World Series circuit after the event in Vancouver.

In the end in Canada, the Scots finished 13th and that leaves them eighth in the overall standings after six of the 10 events.

Drawn against the hosts, New Zealand and Russia, Scotland failed to record a victory in their pool leading to them competing for the Challenge Trophy on day two.

Against Kenya to open the second day of play in Vancouver, Scotland raced into a 17-7 lead through tries from Fleming, Ally Miller and Dougie Fife.

However, the Africans fought back and two late tries swung the result 19-17 in their favour.

Next up were France and Scotland were beginning to play with more purpose.

Fleming scored his 100th Series try to open the scoring with Miller and Joseva Nayacavou giving the Scots control.

The French fought back to even the scores before a clinical breakthrough from Nayacavou gifted Hugh Blake a try and Scotland their first victory in Canada.

Scotland concluded their time in Vancouver with a game against Japan.

Fleming and Ally Miller continued their good try scoring form to get Scotland up and running.

Robert Beattie came off the bench to score the try that forced the game to extra time and it was Beattie again going over after the whistle to take the tie and ensure Scotland finished the tournament on a high.

Scotland Sevens Canada“Bounced back”

“Day one was bitterly disappointing for us to draw a blank. We played well in certain sections of those games but didn’t take charge enough,” Scotland Sevens Head Coach Calum MacRae said.

“We fronted up in the last two games getting the wins and stopped the rot, mainly down to the players backing themselves more and taking the defence on.

“There were positive performances. James Fleming has been very important for the team and I’m pleased for him to have reached such a milestone.

“Ally Miller showed how dominant a ball carrier he can be. For his further development as a XVs player he will have taken a lot from playing at this level of competition. It’s a tough schooling, but he coped well.”

England won the event, South Africa lead the standings and the Hong Kong Sevens is next up on April 7-9.

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