BORDERER Lisa Thomson was in action for Team GB at the World Rugby Sevens Series in Hamilton New Zealand last weekend.

The Scotland international featured in all of GB’s games and helped the team to a credible fifth-place finish. And she managed to get her name on the scoresheet.

In the opening pool game Fiji took the lead in the third minute with a try from Ana Maria Naimasi.

GB responded two minutes later with a try from Heather Cowell which Megan Jones converted.

Fiji regained the lead just before the break with a try and conversion from Lavena Cavuru.

Grace Compton then gave GB the lead with a try converted by Jones.

But Fiji took the victory with a late try from Adi vani Buleki which Cavuru converted to make the final score 19-14.



Thomson once again started the next game on the bench against Papua New Guinea but came on in the ninth minute and got on the scoresheet in GB’s comprehensive 36-0 win.

GB’s tries came from Jones, Emma Uren, Compton x2, Thomson and Shona Campbell. Jones added two conversions and Isla Norman Bell added the other.

GB’s final pool game ended in a 20-0 defeat to New Zealand with tries from Michaela Blyde x2, Stacey Flumler and Patricia Woodman-Witchcliffe.

Then in the quarter final on Sunday, GB lost 38-0 to Australia. The Aussies’ tries came from Charlotte Caslick x 2, Madison Ashby, Maddison Levi, Sariah Paki and Sharni Williams. Conversions were added by Tia Hinds x2 and Dominique du Toit.

The women then faced Fiji in the fifth-place semi-final and emerged 12-0 winners. GB’s tries came from Heather Cowell in the sixth minute and Urin in the 13th minute. Jones added one conversion.

Thomson started the final game against Japan which GB won 14-10 to finish the tournament in fifth place.

Crompton opened the scoring in the third minute and Norman-Bell added another try in the ninth minute. Both tries were converted by Jones.

But Japan fought back and scored two late tries from Marin Kajiki but neither was converted.

Former Melrose player Ross McCann featured for the GB men

The men lost their opening game against Australia 28-14. James Turner, Nathan Lawson, Deitrick Roache and Josh Turner scored the Aussie’s tries with Maurice Longbottom converting. Tom Emery and Alex Davis scored GB’s tries with Emery converting both.

Despite a 21-7 half-time lead GB lost 21-26 to Tonga. Femi Sofolarin, Robbie Ferguson and Kaleem Barreto scored for GB with Ferguson and Barreto x2 converting. Kyren Taumoefolau x2, Rodney Tongotea and John Ika scored Tonga’s tries with Taumoefolau converting.

Their final pool match against New Zealand ended in a 19-12 defeat. McCann and Will Homer scored GB’s tries with Barreto converting one and Roderick Solo x2 and Joe Webber scoring NZ’s tries with Ngarohi McGarvey Black adding the conversions.

In the ninth-place quarter final on Sunday, GB overcame Japan by 24-12. Two tries from Freddie Roddick, one from Ferguson and one from Sofolarin plus conversions from Emery secured the victory. Japan’s points came from Kameli Raravou Latianara Soejima x2 with a conversion from Taiga Ishida.

However in the semi final GB lost 24-14 to Samoa. Their tries came from Jamie Barden and Davis with conversions from Emery and Roddick.

Samoa’s tries came from Owen Niue, Paul Scanlan and Neueli Leitufia x2, with two conversions from Faafoi Falaniko.



The next round of fixtures takes place this weekend in Sydney.