Bowl for Wales as Scots take the plate.
A second-half collapse against England saw the hosts exit the cup competition, but victories over South Africa and Argentina ensured a happy ending for the home fans at Murrayfield.
England lost to Samoa in the semifinals with the result securing the IRB World Series for the Pacific islanders, who then celebrated by winning the cup trophy in convincing fashion.
Scotland and New Zealand were the only countries to end day one with a 100 per cent record after the hosts scored 15 tries during victories over Fiji, USA and Wales.
The Scots enjoyed the majority of possession in a tense first half of their quarter-final and led at the break following Roddy Grant's try, but Mat Turner got England back in it and Nick Royle crossed twice to seal a 19-7 victory.
England's afternoon ended at the next hurdle when Samoa captain Lolo Lui secured a 15-12 victory with a drop-goal penalty at the end of 10 minutes of extra-time.
Scotland moved on to the plate semi-final and found themselves 14-0 down against South Africa, but Mark Robertson touched down following his own chip and then set up Mike Adamson before Ben Cairns finished off a flowing move to wrap up a 19-14 victory.
The Scots secured silverware with a 19-0 victory over Argentina thanks to tries from Andrew Turnbull, Colin Shaw and Cairns.
Samoa, who clinched their first series title ahead of beaten semi-finalists New Zealand, then denied Australia a second successive victory with an impressive 41-14 cup final triumph.
Wales also secured a trophy after following up a disappointing first day with victories over Canada, France and Kenya to claim the bowl, while Russia won the shield.
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|Publication:||Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||May 31, 2010|
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