England Sevens put on performance on Day One for Twickenham crowd

Host's top group and will face South Africa in the quarter-finals

England topped Pool C in the London Sevens at Twickenham after comprehensive victories over Fiji and Samoa before losing their final group game against Argentina.

Handed a tricky pool for the first day in which they would come up against the third and fourth-placed teams, England gave the home crowd a lot to shout about as they thrashed former champions Fiji 27-0.

Jeff Williams scored a stunning first half hat-trick in what was England’s biggest victory over the Pacific Islander’s in seven years, which was added to by the series’ leading try scorer Dan Norton and Mike Ellery.

But if that wasn’t enough for the jubilant crowd, they were then treated to biggest win ever over the Samoans with a 34-7 score line. This time it was Norton that scored a hat-trick to take his try tally to 46 for the season. He scored two in the first half along with another Williams try and a score from Marcus Watson to give England a 22-0 half-time lead.

Samoa looked to get back in the game in the second half and scored through Reupena Levasa after some good phase play, but Norton quickly added his third and Mat Turner’s dazzling run allowed Tom Mitchell to finish off the scoring.

England looked to make it three-out-of-three in their final match against Argentina, but it wasn’t to be. Ben Ryan’s side quickly found themselves 14-0 down, and when Norton went over to reduce the deficit, Diego Palma added his second try of the match to restore the lead.

Watson showed what England could do if they maintained possession by scoring early in the second half, but when it looked like England would score a much-needed try, Franco Sabato went over for the Pumas to clinch the win. Norton scored a consolation in the dying moments to take his try count for the day to six, but it was in vain as Argentina ran out 26-17 winners.

England’s vastly superior point’s difference meant they topped the table though, with the hosts, Argentina and Fiji all finishing on two wins each.

With the knock-out stages set to get underway on Sunday, New Zealand will face Argentina, Fiji will meet Kenya, England take on South Africa, who knocked them out in the semi-finals in Glasgow last week, and Australia come up against the United States of America.

BUY RUGBY WORLD CUP TICKETS

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'