Scotland vs Russia – USA Sevens Rugby
24 - 12
Challenger Qtr FinalsSam Boyd Stadium03/03/201804:10 PM2018 USA Sevens

In the second trophy quarterfinal, Scotland looked to take the frustration of a sporadic season out on Russia. Scotland, after winning a second consecutive London Sevens title, has reached only two quaterfinals this year, and finished 14th or worse twice. Russia, on the other hand, has finished last in three of the four tournaments coming into Las Vegas. In the other, the Russians managed a victory in the trophy quarterfinal to escape making it four from four.

Scotland finally got on the board in the fourth minute with a try from Darcy Graham in the corner against a six-man Russian defense, playing with a min in the bin. A second try was added by Joe Nayacavou as the fifth minute came to a close.

Despite playing with only ten players in the lineup, Russia managed to cut the deficit in half on halftime when German Davydov finished off a run down the left wing for a try in the corner. Artur Solomyannyy was not able to chip away at the Scottish lead with the conversion.

Trailing by five to start the second half, Russia snatched the restart out of the air, and began to look for a sign of daylight in the Scottish defense. Unfortunately for Russia, there was none to be found in the first minute before a dropped pass gave Scotland an attacking scrum. Following the scrum, Scotland used the possession to add five more points to the scoreline with an converted score by Nyle Godsmark. The lead increased further as Robbie Fergusson benefitted from a good cycle of team play sending him in for the score by the post. Gavin Lowe drove the kick true for a 24–5 lead.

Entering the final minute, Russia got another impressive score from German Davydov who kicked over the defense and charged under his own kick for the try. Dmitry Sukhin’s conversion made it 24–12, where it stood on full time.