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Ollie Lindsay-Hague and Marcus Watson star in successful sevens weekend

Harlequins’ Ollie Lindsay-Hague further pressed his claims for an Olympics spot after two superb tries in the final gave the GB Royals victory at the Exeter 7s.

The Quins winger, who can also play at full-back, helped his Royals side recover from a 12-0 deficit to France in the cup final to win 33-17, while Newcastle Falcons wing Marcus Watson also scored two in the plate final to lead the GB Lions to earn honours of their own.

With GB represented by two sides at Sandy Park, the strong performances have given head coach Simon Amor a Rio selection headache, with Lindsay-Hague’s brace when it mattered most doing his chances no harm.

With a two-try deficit up against him, the 26-year-old chipped over the French defensive line before gathering and touching down under the posts to claw the Royals back in to the contest, although the gap was back to ten points on the cusp of half-time.

However, tries from Alex Davis, James Rodwell and Ruaridh McConnochie edged the Royals ahead in the second half, before Lindsay-Hague turned on the style once more for his second score to add gloss to the victory.

With only seconds remaining, the man who boasts 39 Aviva Premiership Rugby appearances spotted a gap in the defence and darted through to round off the win.

It capped an impressive tournament for Lindsay-Hague, who also crossed twice against Poland in the group stages, but he faces a tough selection battle with the 24 representing the Lions and Royals to be cut to 12 for Rio.

It was also a good day for Watson and the Lions who, despite losing in the quarter-finals, went on to beat Germany 31-19 having already defeated them in the pool stage.

The Lions were leading 12-7 at the break after a back-and-forth opening stanza but really hit their straps after the interval to deservedly triumph and lift the Plate.

Indeed it was the Falcons’ Watson who opened the scoring after just two minutes, with the subsequent Tom Mitchell conversion giving the Lions a 7-0 lead.

And just four minutes later Watson was on the scoresheet again, responding to Germany’s immediate fightback to touch down for the third time in the tournament, giving his side a five-point lead heading into half-time.

Watson, who started 15 games for the Falcons last season, was joined in the Lions squad by former Worcester Warriors back-rower Richard de Carpentier and Dan Bibby, formerly of Sale Sharks, both of whom represented England 7s at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Bibby recently cited  his Aviva Premiership Rugby experience as being instrumental in his sevens development and was a key part in the Lions topping the group stages, scoring twice in the 31-0 success against Italy and once in the 41-0 hammering of Germany.

The quartet find out if they make the squad for Rio on July 19.

The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s kicks off on 22 July at Cardiff Arms Park with the Finals at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday 7 August. For tickets and details visit premiershiprugby.com/singha7stickets
 
 

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