Perfect start for men's rugby sevens squad with two wins on day one
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Perfect start for men's rugby sevens squad with two wins on day one

09 August 2016 / 22:35
Dan Norton scored Great Britain's first Olympic Games try in the men's rugby sevens tournament as Team GB won both of their opening day games.

A dominant win over Kenya in the first game was followed by a nervy encounter with Japan, who missed a last-kick conversion attempt that would have levelled the game.

Dan Bibby touched down twice in the win over Kenya, while James Rodwell matched that feat in game two, with Marcus Watson adding a third.

And with New Zealand losing to Japan in their first game, GB are looking good for a favourable quarter final match-up on Wednesday evening.

“Japan had a lot of confidence after their victory earlier in the day so we had to play well," said Tom Mitchell, who converted all three of GB's tries.

“I’m really pleased with the way the boys stuck at it, came together, didn’t panic and got the score we needed with Marcus Watson off the bench.

“That bench is so important as it was always going to be a 12 man effort in these sorts of games."

Team GB were cheered on by a large British contingent in the crowd at the Deodoro Stadium. Norton's dad was in the stands to see his son dot down and the Bristolian puts his team's excellent start down to the preparation in the weeks, months and years leading up to the tournament.

“We’ve worked hard as a team. We’ve pitched this for a few weeks now, working hard as a group. We’ve had an amzing lead into it with the camp in Belo [Horizonte]. There’s still room for improvement, but a good start," Norton said after the win over Kenya.

Team GB face New Zealand in their final pool game on Wednesday lunchtime.

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