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England Sevens won the Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series Cup final at Mitsubishi Motors Exeter 7s after a 15-5 victory over Russia.
Tries from Tom Mitchell, Dan Norton and James Rodwell saw England secure victory in their final run out before the Rugby World Cup Sevens later this month in San Francisco.
Earlier on day two, England ran in five tries as they progressed through their Cup quarter-final with a 31-10 win over Germany, and then won the last four tie against Ireland 29-19.
On day one of the tournament, England opened with a 43-5 win over Georgia before battling back from 0-12 down with a last-minute Ruaridh McConnochie try against Poland to win 19-12, ending the day with a 14-27 loss to Russia.
Having lost to Russia in the pool stage, England started brightly in the final and Mitchell snuck in off the back of a ruck from a metre out for the lead.
Mitchell's superb grubber then set up Norton who had to kick it forward himself before pouncing on the ball just before it ran out of play as England led 10-0 at the break.
In a tight, tactical game, Russia were next to score when Ilia Babaev was able to break through two defenders and cross over despite the attentions of Phil Burgess.
England restored their two score lead when Burgess then sent Rodwell sprinting through off the back of an overthrown lineout, and they remained firm until the end to secure the Cup.
Head of England Sevens Simon Amor: “Winning a home tournament in front of such a great crowd is always very special. I’m really pleased with the way that the team performed in this tournament which gives us good momentum going into the World Cup.
“I’m massively impressed with some of the younger players who really stood up this weekend – this is exciting for us going forward in terms of continuing to build depth within our squad.
“Will Edwards’ decision making was great and he did it in his own style which is very important as we see him as one of the future leaders of the team.
“A number of the boys have really put their hand up for World Cup selection this weekend and a lot of them are on great form right now, so picking a final 12 is going to be a tough challenge.”
England's quarter-final tie against Germany was played in the midday sun in Exeter, and they had to defend pretty much exclusively for the opening two-and-a-half minutes before Burgess won a penalty turnover to secure possession.
It was off another penalty that England got the opening score, when a set routine was worked out to Richard de Carpentier on the left wing and his step beat the defender to race in.
Will Muir's cut back line saw him charge over from close range, before Burgess' dart down the blindside saw him cross for a 19-0 half-time lead.
England added a fourth when some neat handling eventually saw Norton offload to Rodwell for a simple try, but Germany responded as they went over through Marvin Dieckmann.
Amor's side, however, were over again when Will Edwards broke the line to set up Norton, and with time dead Tim Biniek grabbed a consolation try for Germany.
In their semi final it was Ireland who took the lead after winning the ball from kick-off as they patiently worked their way upfield before Shane Daly broke through a tackle for the first points of the game.
Alex Davis' looping offload sent Burgess in out wide for England's response, but with time dead in the first half, England took the lead for the first time when Rodwell broke the line off Edwards' pass, before passing the ball to Norton who raced away from 30 metres out.
Ireland were level within 30 seconds of the restart through John O'Donnell as it sat 12-12, but following a Ireland handling error, the ball was worked out to Norton for his second score.
England's fourth try came from a lineout as de Carpentier gathered the ball and McConnochie set the driving maul to power over from six metres out, and Burgess' second with a minute remaining looked to have secured the victory.
There was still time for an Ireland score as Robert Baloucoune went over as England set up a final with a Russia side they lost to on day one.
England Sevens squad:
Dan Bibby, Phil Burgess, Alex Davis, Richard de Carpentier, Will Edwards (c), Fergus Guiry, Ruaridh McConnochie, Tom Mitchell, Will Muir, Dan Norton, James Rodwell, Ethan Waddleton.
England's results (all times BST):
Pool C: England 43-5 Georgia
Pool C: England 19-12 Poland
Pool C: England 14-27 Russia
Cup quarter-final: England 31-10 Germany
Cup semi-final: England 29-19 Ireland
Cup final: England 15-5 Russia