RUGBY UNION: Sevens success lifts new recruit

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DONCASTER Knights summer signing Dante Mama helped Great Britain students clinch the World University Sevens Championships in Brive.

Coached by former Castle Park favourite Russell Earnshaw, the Great Britain team beat South Africa 35-17 in the final after posting a 26-14 win over them in the pool stages, as they improved on their third place finish in 2010.

Drawn in Group B; the GB team recorded straight victories, with Mama being amongst the try scorers, to set up a quarter-final with Romania, which they won 31-0.

They faced host nation France in the semi-final, recording a hard-earned 14-5 win.

After conceding an early try in the final, Earnshaw’s men responded with 21 unanswered points to lead 21-7 at the interval.

Despite being reduced to six men in the second half, the Great Britain side continued to prove to be too strong for their rivals with the Knights centre again crossing the line to cap a sublime individual performance in the tournament.

Reflecting on the team’s success on his return to Castle Park this week, Mama said: “The World Championships were a good test and we were very well prepared in that more than half the team had been capped for their respective countries which stood us in good stead.

“The standard was really high, which made it even more enjoyable and I have gained so much from the tour, not only by winning the tournament, but in the experience.

“The management and coaching staff were excellent and there was a good bunch of lads involved.

“I really believe that Sevens is adding an extra dimension to my game and it is great for my development. I am sure what I have learnt and will hopefully continue to learn will benefit me for the season to come with Doncaster.”