Scotland lose out to Canada in curling final

Scotland skip Tom Brewster
Brewster's rink had already lost twice to the Canadians earlier in the tournament

Tournament favourites, and hosts, Canada beat Scotland 6-5 in Sunday evening's final of the World Men's Curling Championship in Regina.

Scotland took an early 2-1 advantage then extended the lead to 3-1 after the third end.

However, after some pressure the hosts took a 4-3 lead after the fifth end.

Canada moved ahead in the eighth with a draw for two, then the Scots only took a single point in the ninth and Canada controlled the tenth to claim gold.

Scotland had earlier edged out Norway 7-6 to face Canada in the final.

The Scots had already lost twice to Canada in the round-robin stage and play-offs.

Tom Brewster's rink had a second chance of making the final after losing to Canada in the play-offs.

Norway had beaten Sweden in the 3-4 play-off to face Scotland.

Canada skip Jeff Stoughton said after his win: "It's unbelievable. It's not going to sink in for a couple of weeks I think. The guys played wonderfully well all week".

"Scotland had control early, but the fifth end was the turning point and we got control back.

"We had a struggle this first five ends until we pulled it out in five".

After the game, Scottish skip Tom Brewster, who was celebrating his 37th birthday, said: "It's great to get silver but I am a wee bit disappointed.

"I think we had a good chance here today and just didn't pull it off - fair play to them they played great".

"We gave up a bad three and we just didn't play a great end in the fifth, and we should have made two in nine - it just ran real straight on me".

"It's been fantastic - in two weeks' time we'll look back and think 'brilliant' - right now I'm gutted - but that's the way it goes."

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