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Glasgow Sevens: Scotland's Stephen Gemmell expecting tough challenges

Last Updated: 03/05/13 10:45am

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Stephen Gemmell: Knows it will be tough for his side this weekend

Stephen Gemmell: Knows it will be tough for his side this weekend

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Scotland Sevens head coach Stephen Gemmell is expecting tough challenges ahead in this weekend's Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens.

Scotland will kick-off their penultimate HSBC Sevens World Series campaign against Portugal at 1.04pm on Saturday, before taking on old rivals England at 4.10pm.

Gemmell's side will then conclude their day against circuit leaders New Zealand at 7.21pm, the last match of the day, and the Scotland boss knows tough clashes await his side.

He said: "Portugal we have played a number of times this year and the average score has finished with roughly two points in it. However, last time they beat us, they have powerful runners and experienced players. They will challenge us and we'll need to be at the top of our game to make sure we open our campaign well.

"England we have played a few times, we have beaten them the last two times but they have a very good squad with a group of players who will be hurting from recent disappointments.

"This game is Scotland v England, it will have many expectations and emotions, but we have to focus on playing our game and not getting caught up in the hype of the rivalry.

"Finally, New Zealand's record speaks for itself they have outstanding individuals, the most experienced and successful coach in sevens and they are rightly leaders of the World Series. But, you want to challenge yourself against the best and we know we will have to be at the top of our game to do that.

"All we can do now is control our own preparations, how we turn up on Saturday and how we perform and that is all we will focus on from now. We start at 1.04pm tomorrow and we have to make sure we maintain our game plan throughout the two days."

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