Scotland failed to repeat their Twickenham sevens Bowl heroics at Murrayfield when Kenya exacted revenge in added time to lift the trophy. The Africans scorched into an impressive first-half lead with two converted tries before the break.
Backed by the voices of a 14,170-strong crowd, Scotland fought back with two of their own in the second-half to level the match but the hooter sounded and, after nine second-half minutes of play, Kenya crossed for the agonising winner.
The Scots were unfortunate to find themselves in the Bowl on day two, as the only nation to win two matches and not qualify for the top-tier competition. Their win over London Sevens Cup finalists, Fiji (14-12) and their blitz of the USA (45-7) left them just two points short of qualification and three short of topping the group.
The Scots put on impressive showing on the second day of the showcase global event, seeing off Canada (26-14) in the quarter-final and Argentina (22-7) in the semis before taking to the pitch for the ill-fated final.
Scotland Sevens’ centre and tournament top try-scorer, Jim Thompson, said: “We won four of our six games so it was a great tournament to be part of. I’m obviously gutted to have missed out on the cup quarter-final by two points and to lose out to Kenya today in the Bowl final. “Our home support was fantastic. Playing for your country at Murrayfield is something you always dream of and is just a great honour.”
The day two attendance, combined with the day one crowd (12,235) means that the tournament has recorded its highest ever ticket sales (26,405), adding around 3000 to the 2010 crowd and 6000 to that of 2008.