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England Sevens will play Australia in the cup quarter final of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens series in Dubai after finishing top of Pool B on day one.
It was a comfortable start to the day in the hot conditions as England ran in four tries in a 28-0 win over Spain, before a tighter 14-12 victory over France and then Dan North scored four tries as Scotland were beaten 29-0 in the pool decider.
James Rodwell got England’s first try of the new season when he made a break from just outside his own try line and sprinted the majority of the field.
Tom Mitchell added a second out wide after some clever work by Ruaridh McConnochie, and Mitchell was involved again when his kick over the top was read well by Norton who collected for his first of the campaign.
Harry Glover got England’s fourth, with Mitchell four from four with his conversions, as they held off some late Spain attacks for the clean sheet.
In the second game against France, Norton’s wonderful step and sprint from deep inside England’s 22 gave them a narrow 7-5 half-time lead.
A wonderful try from McConnochie got England’s second when he initially offloaded to Ollie Lindsay-Hague and then got the ball back to cruise under the sticks.
With Rodwell in the sin bin, France scored their second try make the score 14-12 with just over a minute to go.
However, England held out for the two point victory to set up a decider against Scotland to decide who topped Pool B.
It was a frantic start to the game but following a Scotland knock on, Richard De Carpentier's flick set Mitchell charging down the wing to run in from 60 metres.
Quick hands to Norton into space got the second long distance score of the game, before Mitchell's perfectly weighted grubber found Norton running on at pace England's third. "We played with a lot of fight and a lot of heart."
Norton got his hat-trick as he kicked ahead and dotted down as the ball bounced over the try line and then a couple of jinks inside from the right opened up space for his fourth of the game.
“There were some pretty sticky performances from us today which we knew would be the case with this being our first tournament of the season," said head coach Simon Amor.
"We deliberately didn’t put the guys into anything like this in pre-season as it’s such a long season for us so it was always going to be a little bit of a risk.
“We played with a lot of fight and a lot of heart and we’re really pleased with the way that we finished off the day."
England Sevens men’s academy are competing under the banner of The Royals in Dubai as an opportunity to look at developing players.
They beat Free Sevens 24-7 in their opener, but went down 0-39 to Speranza 22 after that before ending the day with a 17-14 win over Zambia 7s Rugby Team.
The side have progressed to the cup quarter final where they will face Froggies.
England Sevens squad:
Tom Bowen, Phil Burgess, Richard de Carpentier, Will Edwards, Harry Glover, Ben Howard, Ollie Lindsay-Hague, Tom Mitchell (c), Ruaridh McConnochie, Dan Norton, James Rodwell, Ethan Waddleton.
Dubai day one results:
Pool B - England 28-0 Spain
Pool B - England 14-12 France
Pool B - England 29-0 Scotland