Great Britain Lions finish third in Europe Sevens Grand Prix event

Phil Burgess was in action for Great Britain at the sevens in Moscow
Phil Burgess was in action for Great Britain at the sevens in Moscow
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Great Britain Sevens failed to conquer the Europe Sevens Grand Prix event in Moscow with both their teams finishing in third and fifth positions on an eventful Sunday.

In order to get a better view of the squad ahead of the Rio Olympics 2016, GB Sevens were divided into two teams - Great Britain Royals and Great Britain Lions. Both the teams remained unbeaten on group stage and secured spots in the quarter-finals which were played on Sunday.

Even though, Great Britain Lions led by Tom Mitchell completely thrashed Georgia 36-0 in the quarter-final, they succumbed to a 10-17 defeat to Russia in the semi-final and managed to beat Germany 28-5 to secure the third position.

On the other hand, Great Britain Royals won the plate final, defeating Portugal and Georgia after they lost their quarter-final encounter to France.

In the end it was Russia, who defeated the former champions France 24-7 in the final to win the event while Germany finished fourth.

Mark Bennett of Great Britain Lions was second highest point-scorer in the tournament with 35 points while Mitchell finished third with 31 points.

Head coach Simon Amor will trim the GB Sevens squad to 12 members ahead of the Summer Olympics which will be held in Brazil in August.