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Canada nearly pulled off coming back from the depths of an 0-3 day one to claim their first points of 2011 IRB Sevens World Series. But Scotland, who’d edged them 21-19 in the final pool match Saturday, came out of the gates too hot.
Scotland looked precise early on, capitalizing on a flurry of Canadian penalties. Scott Riddell scored the match’s first try off a point-blank penalty deep inside Canadian territory.
The next score from Scotland was made possible by a fierce line break from Riddell. When it became apparent he couldn’t out race the Canadian defense, he avoided contact long enough to dish the ball to a charging Ross Samson for a converted try.
Canada’s penalty struggles continued, and Samson was able to touch down another score for Scotland off a lineout that followed a Canadian penalty.
Down 19-0, Canada‘s hopes were revitalized by Matt Evans, who made a keen diagonal run, dummying along the way before flipping the ball to Nathan Hirayama who took it in for the score, closing the gap to 14 at intermission.
Scotland wouldn’t score again, and Canada crept closer when Hirayama bagged his second try, bringing them within an unconverted try, but time was on Scotland’s side.
Canada was threatening to draw it even, or perhaps take the lead late, but yet another penalty at the breakdown proved dubious, giving Scotland the ball, which they booted into touch. Even another opportunity after Scotland turned the lineout over was squandered by a Canadian knock, giving Scotland the 19-14 Bowl Championship victory.