Four conversions from Luke Treharne helped Great Britain Royal to a 33-17 victory over France in the final of the Rugby Europe Exeter Sevens at Sandy Park.
Great Britain Royals showed their promise during Saturday’s group stages beating Portugal and Poland in a competitive Pool B. Treharne was particularly impressive over the course of the weekend, the second leg of the Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series, scoring 38 points overall.
On Sunday, day two of the competition, Great Britain Royals secured a 24-7 win over Georgia in the quarter finals before defeating Russia 12-10 in a competitive semi-final.
Beaten finalists France had looked strong in the knock out stages. Wins over Italy and Spain gave them titles aspirations going into the final. Terry Bouhraoua was in particularly fine form as France romped to victory in the semi-final.
Despite a great effort from France, Great Britain Royals’ impressive style of play saw them run out 33-17 winners and take the Exeter Sevens title.
Olympic hopefuls Spain will be buoyed by their performances across the weekend. Unbeaten during Saturday’s Pool stages, Spain finished the tournament in third place following a 17-7 win against Russia. Two tries a piece from Inaki Villanueva and Cesar Sempere ended Russia’s hopes of a top three finish.
Elsewhere in the tournament, Great Britain Lions won the plate match, beating Germany 31-19. In the bowl game Portugal took on a spirited Belgium side, claiming a 31-5 victory.
Attention now turns to next weekend’s series finale in Gdynia, Poland. All eyes will be on Great Britain Royals to see if they can replicate their Exeter Sevens success and wrap up an overall Series win in seven days’ time.
Great Britain Lions 31-19 Germany
Portugal 31-5 Belgium
Great Britain Royals 33-17 France