Scotland snatched a thrilling Challenge Trophy final out of Spain’s grasp after Jamie Farndale raced away down the wing to bring about a late 15-14 victory.
Los Leones had started the final with purpose, they opened up an overlap which Inaki Mateu exploited by scoring and then he converted his own try. They kept Scotland quiet for the duration of the first seven minutes before their opponents broke out on the final play and Alec Coombes provided five valuable points.
With the final poised at 7-5 Juan Martinez didn’t quite have the reach to be able to score for Spain and Scotland then took it the length. The team’s footballing skills ensured that Sam Pecqueur was able to get behind the last defender and put them ahead for the first time. Spain hit back and thought that they had the trophy wrapped up before Scotland’s co-captain Farndale took matters into his own hands.
Scotland’s Challenge Trophy semi-final opponents were invitational side Chile and once again Los Condores Sevens showed considerable skill and character. Benjamin De Vidts scored first before Scotland wrestled two tries back, one through co-captain Robbie Fergusson and the other from Max McFarland. The duo’s work produced a 12-5 lead at the interval, an advantage that John Dalziel’s side held for the duration of the second half. Despite strong Chilean pressure late on, Harvey Elms put the cherry on top with a length-of-the-field try in the final moments for a 17-5 victory.
Spain’s route to the final saw them prevail 24-7 over Kenya at the start of the second day. Los Leones excelled at the breakdown as well as having the ability to convert a wealth of possession into the tries required. Ignacio Rodriguez-Guerra, Pablo Fontes and Javier Carrion (2) all crossed over the course of the 14 minutes while Bush Mwale scored Kenya’s only try.