SCOTS BEAT TITLE HOLDERS TO GET WORLD CHAMPS BID BACK ON TRACK WITH TWO WIN DAY
Scotland claimed wins against reigning World Champions Team Edin from Sweden and Korea on day four of the World Curling Championships in Lethbridge. They had gone into the day knowing the Swedish game was vital after three successive losses.
In a re-match of this season’s European Championship final which saw the Scottish quartet end Team Edin’s four year run of wins, Mouat and his men were never headed after taking a single at the opening end and stealing at the sixth to open up a two shot lead.
The Swedes inevitably fought all the way and cranked up the pressure by claiming the only two of a high class match to level the scores at 5-5 and in their fourth successive match that went down to skip stones at the final end every player was adjudged to have executed every shot perfectly, resulting in Mouat facing a pressure shot with the Swedes lying three and he duly removed the closest of them to lie and take the match.
That was Edin’s first defeat of the tournament, whereas the Scots then met a Korean rink that was yet to claim a win and, although they did slip behind early on in that match, their first at the opening this time countered by a two from their opponents at the second, they immediately responded in kind and after a blanked fourth end, stole two more at the fifth to lead 5-2 at the mid-match break.
After a blanked sixth they forced the Koreans to take a single at the seventh and the Scots' third two of the match at the eighth wrapped up a 7-3 victory.
Skip Bruce Mouat said after the two win day: “We needed to get two wins on the board to settle ourselves into this event.
“It was very important and we came out firing and I am really impressed with how resilient we are. It was about keeping the belief and continuing a lot of the good things we have been doing and we need to keep that going,” he said.
“We were consistent with the force and being forced against Sweden, so it was good to get a steal at the sixth, which turned the game in our favour and we managed to control it until the end, which was fortunate. We had a really good last end to keep our options open to get the win with my last.”
Scotland have another two game day ahead and now face Norway and Japan, two more important games in their campaign this week.
“We hopefully will come away with another two wins today to keep the momentum going that we have built from our last two victories,” Mouat added.
Results: 3W 3L
Scotland v Russia 8-2
Scotland v Switzerland 4-5
Scotland v Netherlands 4-5
Scotland v USA 8-9
Scotland v Sweden 6-5
Scotland v Korea 7-3
Scotland v Norway
Scotland v Japan
Photos © WCF / Jeffrey Au & Michael Burns