Scotland men slip down the table with extra-end loss to Austria

Scotland men slip down the table with extra-end loss to Austria
By Sportsbeat

Tom Brewster admitted Scotland's men failed to perform when it mattered as they suffered an extra-end defeat to Austria on day three of the European Curling Championships in Braehead.

The Scots and Austria were meeting for the first time in 14 years and that wait had clearly given the latter plenty to think about as they recorded their first-ever win over the hosts at Championship level, coming through 7-6.

The Scots opened with a single score in the first end, but allowing themselves to be caught up with guards as they struggled with the ice in the second end meant that Brewster's team allowed Austria to score three for a 3-1 lead.

After blanking the fourth end Scotland scored a three of their own in the fifth when Brewster and they were then forced to take just one shot from the eighth for a 5-4 lead.

In the ninth end Brewster was facing three Austrian counters as he played his last shot. This was a double take-out that left his shooter lying shot and partly hidden, but Austria skip Sebastian Wunderer was up to the task, as he hit out the Scottish counter to score two and take a 6-5 lead.

Scotland engineered a shot to win the game in the tenth end, but Brewster's double attempt just wasn't strong enough to move an Austria stone and they had to settle for one to tie the game and go into the extra end.

And in the extra end, Brewster nudged one of his own stones into a stronger position with his last, but Wunderer had a clear path to nudge it out and score one for a historic win as Scotland slipped down the table to joint fifth place.

"We didn't get on top of the ice," Brewster said. "It was different today. Early morning draws seem to be a lot stiffer, a lot straighter and we got caught out. We just didn't ice right.

"In the third [end] we caught guards and I over-curled my last shot. We got back in the game after that – I had the shot for the win in ten.

"We were just poor and didn't perform. We seemed on edge because we weren't on top of the ice.

"We didn't have a good practice and that sort of went along. We just didn't make the right shots at the right time. Now we just have to re-group and take it one game at a time."

Elsewhere in the morning session, Switzerland made it four wins from as many games as they beat Germany 7-2 and they remain the only unbeaten side left in the championship.

Italy, Norway and Sweden have all won three and lost one as they beat Denmark, Russia and Finland respectively.

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