Abi and Helen star for Scotland

Oban’s Abi Evans and Glencoe’s Helen Nelson.

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Former Oban High School pupil Abi Evans and Glencoe’s Helen Nelson lined up for Scotland Women who finished a credible fifth at the Rugby Europe Sevens Championship Series in Lisbon.

Abi, aged 25, and Helen, 27, were part of the 12-woman national squad playing at the event held on June 5 and 6.

Scotland lost their opening two games of four they had to play on the first day. They were edged out 14-15 to hosts Portugal then went down 12-24 to eventual finalists Spain who were runners-up to overall first leg winners Russia.

Scotland rallied on opening day with victories over Belgium (17-12) and Romania (31-5).

That was followed with a thumping revenge over Portugal on the second day (33-10) and in the final game, for fourth place, Scotland narrowly fell (14-10) to Poland who clinched a try in the closing minutes of the match.

Chris Laidlaw, interim head coach, said: ‘We made some big steps forward as the weekend went on and I am really proud of the players and staff for their effort across the two days.

‘The first day was a big challenge, having to play four games, however, the players dealt really well with this and got stronger as the day went on.

‘I am really encouraged and excited about this group getting another couple of weeks together before we head to Moscow for the second leg and look to build on our performances in Lisbon.’

Helen Nelson started playing at Lochaber Rugby Club at the age of six.

Scotland Women head to Moscow for the second and final round of the competition on June 25 and 26 with the tournament streamed live on Rugby Europe TV.