Huge turnaround after dismal performance against Kenya What a difference a day makes. On Friday China trudged off the pitch after being trounced 47-0 by Kenya, but yesterday the mainlanders sprung the shock of the tournament. China defeated Scotland, the nation that invented sevens, 19-12 in a massive turnaround that brought a huge smile to captain Johnny Zhang Zhiqiang. Although China were unable to maintain the momentum going into their next match against Portugal, which they lost 40-10, the mainlanders will never forget the day they put Scotland to the sword. With only several weeks to prepare for the tournament, the China dragon breathed new life into their Sevens programme with a determined victory that will rank as their best-ever result. The performance is even more significant when you consider Scotland reached the Cup quarter-finals for the past nine years up until last year. China bowed out of last year's Bowl quarter-finals and will contest the Bowl again, taking on South Korea in the quarter-finals. 'I am just so proud of the boys,' said 34-year-old Zhang, who has been gracing the Hong Kong tournament for the last 10 years. 'We played our hearts out and we played with a lot of spirit. We showed determination.' Not only did China beat Scotland - they have beaten Canada and Italy in the past here - Zhang cemented his position as the all-time highest points scorer in the tournament since the Hong Kong showpiece became part of the IRB world series in 1999. His try and conversion against Scotland gave him 202 points and 24 tries - a major accomplishment for the sheer fact that China had rarely progressed beyond the Bowl quarter-finals, leaving Zhang with an average of just four matches per tournament. He is also China's all-time top points scorer on 345 points. 'It's great to improve my record but the most important thing is that China win or at least do well in the tournament,' said the China captain, who led his men to Bowl glory in 2006. 'We have a young bunch of guys here who had never played in a major event like this one. Against Kenya we played nervously and conditions were slippery but the sun shone for us and we shone, too. 'Next month, China will compete in the Melrose Sevens [in Newcastle, England]. I have competed in the tournament in the past with the Leicester Tigers back in 2006,' he added.