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England clinch European title in Bucharest

21 September 2013

  • England warm-up for World Series with Bucharest win
  • Bibby, Lewis-Pratt, Burgess and Norton strike in final
Dan Norton (left) and John Brake scored key tries

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England lifted a second successive European title after cruising to a 31-7 win against France in the Bucharest GP Sevens final.

Playmaker Dan Bibby’s two early tries put them 14-0 up at the break against their HSBC Sevens World Series rivals France.

Christian Lewis-Pratt hacked clear for a third and Phil Burgess squeezed into the corner for a fourth that made it 26-0.

France responded through Julien Candelon but leading try scorer Dan Norton dived in for the fifth to complete victory.

England won the Lyon GP title earlier this summer, so their win in Romania secured the FIRA/AER European series crown in the final warm-up act before they kick-off the World Series in Australia next month.

England had swept through their Day One programme with wins against Wales (40-7), Portugal (26-14), Italy (19-0) and Romania (14-7).

Day two started with a final pool match, a 17-7 win against Georgia with tries from Bibby, Lewis-Pratt and Michael Ellery.

Russia provided arguably the hardest test of the weekend and held them 14-14 at half time in the semi final.

Burgess and Norton scored in the first half but England were pegged back twice by two Denis Simplikevic efforts until Ellery and Bibby made sure.

 

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