World Men's Curling Championship 2012 - Semi-final

Scotland won tonight's semi-final to earn them another chance at the gold medal Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

For the second year in succession, Scotland will play Canada for the world title and gold medals at the World Men’s Curling Championship in Basel, Switzerland on Sunday afternoon.

This scenario comes about after Scotland recovered from their Page Play-off defeat to Canada earlier in the day to beat Sweden by 7-6 in Saturday evening’s semi-final.

The teams were tied at 2-2 after four ends, but the eventual result was set up in the fifth end when Scottish skip Tom Brewster had a hit and stay to score three points and take a 5-2 lead.

Sweden’s Sebastian Kraupp responded with a draw inside four Scottish counters to score one point in the sixth end and then got closer in the seventh end when Brewster’s attempted double take-out went slightly wrong, handing Sweden a steal of one point and reducing the Scottish lead to 5-4.

However, the Scots recovered well in the eighth end with skip Brewster drawing for two points to keep control of the game. In the ninth end, Kraupp was desperate to get points on the scoreboard but his double attempt rolled on and he had to settle for just one point instead of the two he was looking for. The Scots kept control in the tenth end and eventually ran Sweden out of stones for their win.

The Scots now go on to face Canada for gold while Sweden will play Norway for bronze medals.

Afterwards, Brewster said: “That was nerve-wracking but I thought we played pretty solid. The guys played great and it’s just amazing. We took heart from the fact that we only had two bad stones in the game against Canada.”

Looking forward to the final he said: “We’ve just got to go out and play well. If we can get rid of the small mistakes we’ll give him a game for sure. We’re night and day from the side we were twelve months ago, so here’s hoping we can beat Canada ...it’d be nice.”

Sweden’s skip Kraupp said: “Basically everything went wrong. We were chasing the first couple of ends and I think we were lucky to be 2-2 after four ends. In the fifth end we were lying pretty good, but made a couple of terrible shots and gave up the three - that was the turning point of the game. We are quite disappointed because our performance didn’t come up to standard.”

Looking forward to the bronze game he added: “I think we have to forget about this game and play as well as we did earlier today. We will go out there and fight for the medal. I don’t think you need an extra boost if you’re playing for a medal. You just need to go out there, focus on your shots and make it happen.”

RESULT
Semi-final: Scotland 7, Sweden 6.

Standings after 1v2 Play-off
Canada 11-1 (to play gold medal game)
Scotland 9-4 (to play gold medal game)
Sweden 9-5 (to play bronze medal game)
Norway 8-4 (to play bronze medal game)
5. New Zealand 7-5
6. China 6-5
7. Denmark 6-5
8. USA 4-7
9. Switzerland 3-8
10. France 3-8
11. Germany 2-9
12. Czech Republic 2-9

SUNDAY, 8 April

Bronze Medal Game: Norway vs Sweden (11:00 local)
Gold Medal Game: Scotland vs Canada (16:00 local)

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