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Scotland’s Team Smith lost out 9-4 to hosts Switzerland at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships in St Gallen and must now win their next match against the Netherlands to qualify for the play-offs. .

Last year’s European bronze medallists and the only unbeaten team in the men’s tournament were able to force the Scots in the first end and despite Smith’s rink responding well to the pressure they were unable to make any significant head way. When De Cruz’s team claimed a three at the fifth end the Scots were left chasing for the rest of the game and when they did score they only managed singles at the sixth and eighth ends. Skip Kyle Smith’s last stone at the ninth looked like it had picked up leaving three Swiss stones lying, which gave De Cruz’s quartet their eighth consecutive win to maintain their 100% record on the penultimate day of the round robin.

A disappointed Kyle Smith said after the match: “I am very disappointed. We started ok and had a good second and third end and just didn’t create anything in the fourth. We then got into trouble at the fifth early on, he made a good hack weight and I stuffed the double so they were drawn for three.

“I still felt we had a good chance and we had a big chance at the sixth but just didn’t convert the opportunity and we could have put them under pressure there,” he said.

“It is annoying as we know we can beat that team and even though they had the boost of the home crowd that doesn’t really affect us and we had good support in the crowd too. We just didn’t play the way we did yesterday, so there are a few things we can improve on for tomorrow.

“We know we need to win that match to qualify. Van Dorp from the Netherlands has been pretty steady this week and they beat Niklas Edin (current champions) this week and they have had good results on the circuit so we have to play well tomorrow,” he added.

Coach Viktor Kjell said: “We started well and we had the hammer but we were not as sharp today and that matters when you are playing the best team in the tournament right now who are unbeaten.

“We didn’t play to the same standard as yesterday, however we know what we have to do and we won’t dwell on this we will move on and prepare for tomorrow.”

Scotland’s women, who have already qualified for the play-offs will now face Switzerland’s women this evening.

Please click here for more information and results from the European Championships in St Gallen, Switzerland (17-25 November).

Overall results:
(M)Scotland 5 wins 3 losses
(W)Scotland 6 wins 1 loss

Day 5 Results:

(W)Scotland v Czech Republic 8-4
(M)Scotland v Switzerland 4-9
(W)Scotland v Switzerland

Day 4 Results:
(M)Scotland v Sweden 4-5
(W)Scotland v Turkey 8-3
(M)Scotland v Norway 8-7

Day 3 Results:
(M)Scotland v Germany 4-6
(W)Scotland v Italy 8-1
(M)Scotland v Slovakia 8-1
(W)Scotland v Germany 8-5

Day 2 Results:
(W)Scotland v Russia 8-7
(M)Scotland v Russia 5-3
(W)Scotland v Denmark 6-1

Day 1 Results:
(M)Scotland v Austria 7-2
(W)Scotland v Sweden 2-5
(M)Scotland v Italy 7-3

Scotland’s representatives:

Team Muirhead
Eve Muirhead
Anna Sloan
Vicki Adams
Lauren Gray
Kelly Schafer

Team Smith
Kyle Smith
Thomas Muirhead
Kyle Waddell
Cammy Smith
Glen Muirhead

PHOTO: WCF / Celine Stucki (above) Eakin Howard (below) 

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