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Former Sale Sharks’ Premiership Rugby 7s player Dan Bibby seals Olympic semi-final spot for Great Britain

Newcastle Falcons’ winger Marcus Watson came on in extra-time as Great Britain survived a rollercoaster clash with Argentina to advance to the Rio 2016 men’s rugby sevens semi-finals.

After beating New Zealand 21-19 to top their pool, Watson – who scored five tries in Aviva Premiership Rugby last season – and co were back in action on Wednesday to take on Argentina in the quarter-final.
 
And the wet and windy Rio weather – much more like British summertime – played its part as the teams were locked at 0-0 come full–time.
 
Despite the scoreline, the game was far from dull as James Davies was yellow-carded for a high tackle with just seconds left on the clock, only for Argentina’s Gaston Revol to miss his kick at goal for the victory.
 
That meant extra-time and next score wins, and although a long-range Tom Mitchell kick hit the post, Great Britain were celebrating less than a minute later as Dan Bibby scored the winning try.
 
Next up now is a semi-final with South Africa and match-winner Bibby who played for Sale Sharks in the 2011 Premiership Rugby 7s admitted their quarter-final would take some beating.
 
“I’ve never played a game of sevens like that,” he said. “I’ve played for three or four years now and I’ve never been in a 0-0 draw at full-time.
 
“It was very surreal, especially with two missed kicks at goal. It was absolutely amazing and fair play to Argentina.
 
“They stuck at it and worked us hard. We just kept our composure and ended up getting that crucial score so I’m very proud of the boys.”
 
Beat South Africa today and Great Britain are playing for gold, lose and they battle it out for bronze with Fiji facing Japan in the other semi-final.
 
Either way a historic first medal in the maiden Olympic sevens competition is within their grasp and Bibby is adamant squad togetherness has been a major factor.
 
“We have shown real Team GB spirit and regardless of where we are from, we have become a really tight unit,” he added.
 
“We have only been together ten weeks and we fought hard for each other in those final few minutes.
 
“That is what a true team is all about and it is great to be part of.
 
“For people watching all around the world, if that didn’t know what sevens is all about, they will do now and they will realise what a fantastic, exciting game it really is.” 

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