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Scottish Sevens player ruins chance to win game vs Fiji

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Twenty four-year-old Scottish Sevens player Jamie Farndale ruined the perfect chance to record a spectacular victory against sevens giants Fiji yesterday morning.

All Farndale needed to do was put the ball down and Scotland would have guaranteed victory with less than 20 seconds remaining.

Instead, the Scot extended his arm to put the ball down, but continued to hold on to it, ultimately stepping over the try line and ruining Scotland's chance to achieve the unlikeliest of victories.

In the video further down this article, you can see Farndale's horrific and humiliating mistake.

The Fijians, coached by Welshman Gareth Baber, were gifted a lucky victory after the Scot fell flat on his face, compounding the ball too late as his right foot had just crossed the try line.

This will certainly be a moment Farndale will want back, but it is safe to say that he should maybe stay off of social media for a bit.

But actually, reaction on social media was largely one of surprise and sympathy for Farndale - with many ironically pointing out this was a typically Scottish way to start St Andrews Day.

It may have gotten shared around the world on social media, however, it was largely used to poke fun at the incident and to encourage him to bounce back from the mistake.

At 24 years of age, Farndale still remains a very young and promising player, but this will always serve as a major career highlight.

From this point on, the Scot will look to bounce back and make this a learning curve in his career and even use it to laugh back at upon his eventual retirement.

Unfortunately for Scotland, they fell just short of a remarkable victory, falling two points short of Fiji in a 21-19 defeat. 

It's certainly a case of what could have been for the Scots.

And also one for the blooper reel.

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