Day 5 Early Roundup

Although Scotland lost to Norway, they bounced back with a win against Russia Photo: WCF/CĂ©line Stucki

After thirteen sessions of round-robin play in the CPT World Men's Curling Championship 2014, presented by Ford of Canada, Norway remain clear leaders thanks to their 6-4 win over Scotland on Wednesday morning in Beijing’s Capital Gymnasium in China.

This game came down to the tenth end when Norway's skip Thomas Ulsrud hit out the only Scottish stone in the house to run the Scots out of stones and win by 6-4.

After their latest win, Norway skip Thomas Ulsrud said: “Our short-term ambition is to make it to the Page 1v2. When you're leading a round-robin late in the week, you want to make it to get two shots at going to the final."

Scotland went on to play Russia in the afternoon session, which Norway sat out. In the sixth end of this game, with the score at 4-3 to Scotland, their skip Ewan MacDonald built on this lead with a soft tap-up of one of his own stones to score two points in the end and increase his lead to 6-3. Scotland then went on to win by 7-5.

Japan continued their record-breaking number of victories when they chalked up their sixth win of the event, beating the Czech Republic by 7-5 in the morning session of play.

In the fifth end of this game, Japan's skip Yusuke Morozumi drew into the house with his second stone to score two points and take a 4-1 lead.

In the ninth end, Czech skip Jiri Snitil hit out a Japanese stone with his own last stone to score two points in the end and move the score-line to 5-3 in Japan's favour. This turned out to be too little as Japan eventually won by 7-5.

Afterwards, Japan lead Kosuke Morozumi said: “I think we won this game in the first two ends when we stole one point in each end, that gave us a good start."

The Czech Republic went on to face Germany in the afternoon session and started well.

In the first end their skip Jiri Snitil drew his second stone into the house to score three points and take an early lead.

Germany responded in the second end as their fourth player Felix Schulze played a double take-out to score two points and reduce the Czech lead to 3-2.

The final score in this game ended 8-4 to the Czech Republic after nine ends of play. After this win, Snitil said: “We started well against Germany but we need to be more consistent. We will play a really good game then we will drop down a level, that is the key thing that we need to sort out.”

An 8-4 win over Switzerland means that Canada share second place with Japan, both on six wins, one less than leaders Norway.

In the fourth end of this game, with his team 1-2 behind, Switzerland's fourth player Benoit Schwarz played his final draw-shot inside two Canadian counters to score one point from the end and tie the game at 2-2.

Then, in the sixth end, Canadian skip Kevin Koe played an in-off to come onto the button to count two points for a 4-2 lead, on his way to an eventual 8-4 victory.

When this game started, Canada and Switzerland were tied in second place and about that, Canadian skip Kevin Koe said: "We were up against a really good Switzerland team there and that sets us up - if you’re beating the teams that are tied with you, that can’t hurt. And overall, to play well and get a win is great."

The Swiss came back onto the ice in the afternoon session to play Sweden and in the third end of this game, Sweden's skip Oskar Eriksson hit out a Swiss stone to score three points and take the lead at 3-2.

In the sixth end, Switzerland's fourth player Benoit Schwarz played a draw-shot to score three points, to allow his team to take a 5-4 lead.

The Swiss eventually won by 8-6 with a steal of one point when Sweden could not remove a perfect freeze that Schwarz played with his last stone of the tenth end.

Later, Switzerland skip Peter De Cruz said: “It was a very close game. That was a huge win because we know that we now have a small gap between them (Sweden), and against the Chinese and the Japanese as well. Hopefully we can win our last couple of games tomorrow – we’re just going to try and focus on our performance rather than the standings".

In the fourth game of the morning session, hosts China faced Denmark.

In the sixth end of this game, with the score at 3-2 to China, their skip Rui Liu played a draw-shot into the house to score two points and increase his lead to 5-2.

In the next end, Danish skip Rasmus Stjerne was facing three Chinese stones already in the house when he played his final draw.

He was successful, scoring one point to reduce China's lead to 5-3, but China eventually ran out as 6-4 winners.

Speaking after this win, China skip Rui Liu said: “The key to winning today was that everyone was very focused. The coach say’s the same thing to us every game - just go out and relax and not focus on the result - he tells us to enjoy ourselves and today we enjoyed the game very much."

This win kept China's slim Play-off hopes alive and they did themselves no harm at all in their afternoon game when they beat USA by 8-4.

RESULTS
Session 12:
China 6, Denmark 4; Japan 7, Czech Republic 5; Norway 6, Scotland 4; Canada 8, Switzerland 4.

Session 13: Switzerland 8, Sweden 6; Scotland 7, Russia 5; Germany 4, Czech Republic 8; China 8, USA 4.

STANDINGS
After 13 sessions of play:

1. Norway 7-1
2. Canada 6-2
2. Japan 6-2
4. Switzerland 6-3
5. China 5-4
6. Germany 4-4
6. Sweden 4-4
8. Czech Republic 4-5
9. Scotland 3-6
10. Denmark 2-6
10. USA 2-6
12. Russia 1-7

World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation, will provide extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters around the world from Beijing. WCF Broadcast Partners for the event include CCTV in China, Eurosport in Europe, Universal Sports Network in the USA, SporTV in Brazil, TSN in Canada (RDS in Quebec). http://wmcc2014.curlingevents.com/schedule

In addition, Curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the 2014 World Championship events via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV

NOTE: Rankings are determined by rule C9 of the World Curling Federation's ‘The Rules of Curling and Rules of Competition’. Details can be obtained at www.worldcurling.org/rules-and-regulations

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