Scotland Women Sevens Head Coach Scott Wight has praised skipper Lisa Thomson after the 19-year-old led her country to glory at the weekend.
The Scots won the Rugby Europe Trophy event in Ostrava, Czech Republic, with Wight taking charge for the first time.
And he made, what some saw as, a bold decision by naming teenager Thomson Captain.
However, over the last 12 months Thomson’s game has moved on a lot and during the 6 Nations she was one of Scotland’s star players.
And as a result Wight had no qualms about naming the player originally from Hawick, but now at Edinburgh University as the leader of the 12-strong playing group.
“I was very impressed by Lisa in training and I felt that she had the talent to take on a bit more responsibility at a young age,” Wight explained.
“She plays centre in the XVs game, but in sevens I wanted to play her in the forwards and thought that making her skipper would bring her out her shell and make her more talkative on the pitch.
“She leads by example out there on the pitch and has a great camaraderie with the rest of the squad and it seemed to go well.
“Lisa played well, a did the other players, and I was pleased.”
The Scots beat Moldova, Israel and Germany to top their pool on Day One, before securing wins against Hungary and Ukraine in the knock-out stages to make it to the final where they beat Germany again on Day Two.
Wight added: “We asked teams to hold onto ball for phases against us and teams struggled to do that because we were so well organised. Off the back of that, our transition attack was also really pleasing.
“When we turned over ball we scored off the possession in most instances.
“I thought the way we passed the ball about the pitch was really good. Their accuracy and width of pass made us sharp in attack.
“I think the progress they’ve shown as a group is through the roof. They want to come, they want to learn and they want to get better. I’m absolutely enjoying it, loving life. It couldn’t have been a better start for the girls and myself.”
The second leg of the event is in Hungary on July 22 and 23.
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