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Norton scores eight as England Sevens win Tokyo Bowl

31 March 2013

  • Norton scores hat-tricks against Portugal and Wales in Tokyo
  • Former Bristol wing's try tally now stands at 37 for season
Dan Norton in action for England Sevens

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Dan Norton scored eight tries in three games as England claimed the Bowl title at the Tokyo Sevens.

The former Bristol wing scored hat-tricks in the wins against Portugal (40-0) and Hong Kong finalists Wales (21-19), then touched down twice in the 38-0 Bowl final thrashing of Argentina.

Norton has raced to the top of the try-scoring charts in the HSBC Sevens World Series with 37 – six more than his nearest rival, South Africa’s Cornal Hendricks.

Hendricks, though, scored a decisive try as South Africa won the overall Tokyo title by beating New Zealand 24-19 in the final.

Missing out on the quarter-finals on day one means England only picked up eight points towards the overall standings and lie in 10th place going into the final two legs of the series in Glasgow (May 4-5) and the Marriott London Sevens at Twickenham (May 11-12).

England, who lost to Samoa and Australia on day one, opened day two by running in six tries against Portugal.

Norton completed his hat-trick two minutes into the second half and captain Rob Vickerman, Jeff Williams and Marcus Watson also touched down.

The Bowl semi-final was a thriller, though, as Lee Williams, Mathew Pewtner and Jack Phillips put Wales 19-14 ahead only for England to grab the ball back with Norton completing hat-trick No.2 to level the scores with Christian Lewis-Pratt converting.

Earlier Wales had beaten Japan 22-14 in the Bowl quarter-final courtesy of two Alex Webber tries and one from Adam Thomas.

It was one-way traffic in the Bowl final with half back Sam Edgerley (two tries) and Norton putting England 19-0 up at half time. Norton, Williams and Watson tries completed the job.

Scotland were the only home nation to reach the cup quarter-finals and although they went down 14-10 against France in the last eight, they picked up valuable series points.

Darren Gillespie and Mark Robertson scored their tries, then Colin Gregor, Russell Weir and Colin Shaw touched down in the impressive 21-17 win over Samoa.

They drew a blank in the Plate final, though, going down 17-0 against the USA, who are level with Scotland at joint 12th in the table.

 

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