- GB Royals won Cup final in Exeter 7s
- GB Lions also won the Plate final at Sandy Park
Both the GB Royals and GB Lions claimed silverware at the Mitsubishi Motors Exeter 7s at Sandy Park on Sunday.
The GB Royals came from 12-0 down to beat fellow Olympians France 33-17 in the cup final while the GB Lions lifted the plate with a 31-19 victory over Germany.
Tries from from Ollie Lindsay-Hague (2), Alex Davis, James Rodwell and Ruaridh McConnochie helped GB Royals seal victory.
Their path to the final had come as a result of a 24-7 quarter-final win over Georgia and 12-10 victory against Russia.
GB Lions exited the main competition after they lost 7-5 to Russia in the quarter-finals and went on to beat Georgia 22-7 in the Plate semi-final to advance in that competition.
Two tries from Marcus Watson in that final helped the Lions win the Plate.
Head Coach Simon Amor praised the attitude of his players over the past month and a half.
“I’m delighted with the courage the guys have shown," he said. "They came together as a group only six weeks ago and they have been absolutely outstanding.
“They have fought and fought and fought not just across this weekend but throughout the whole programme. I am proud of them and I am proud of the staff that have come together and made it all happen.
Amor added: “To win the cup here is a credit to everyone that has been involved in the GB programme, I am really pleased.
“We have some absolutely unbelievable players, there is so much talent to pick from and now we need to work out which combinations work the best.
“They have given us some massive selection headaches and that is exactly the place we wanted to be in, Gareth Williams and I have some really tough decisions to make.”
The coaches will decide this week which 12 players will travel to Rio, and compete in the Olympics for Team GB, with the squad announcement made on Tuesday 19 July.
Head Coach Simon Amor reflects on a great weekend for GB Sevens in Exeter. pic.twitter.com/Hn5SRTL0pB— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) July 10, 2016
GB Sevens will compete in the final round of the Rugby Europe Sevens Series next weekend in Gdynia after experiencing a great atmosphere at their home tournament.
“The support here at Sandy Park has been amazing,” added Amor. “Thank you to the crowd – hearing them chant ‘GB’ all weekend was just brilliant.”
The Mitsubishi Motors Player of the Tournament and Royals captain, Luke Treharne, explained how the whole GB squad have been driving up standards in build-up to Rio and praised the Lions for their plate win.
“It has been a really tough six weeks in camp and all 27 of the boys have really been pushing each other,” Treharne said.
“Much of the play this weekend shows that the hard work in training has been paying off and the Lions winning their Plate is also an excellent effort. Hopefully we have all given the coaches plenty to think about.”
Luke Treharne (c)
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