The wait is over – the Dubai 7s is here and the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2016-17 is good to go!
Tries from Dan Norton and Dan Bibby gave England a 14-7 lead at the break
Bibby sealed the victory with his second score after the restart
Olympic heroes Dan Norton and Dan Bibby helped England fight back to defeat Samoa 19-7 in their first match of HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai.
Samoa had much of the early pressure and Francis Ieremia eventually went over out wide for a score converted by Tila Mealoi after three minutes,
But England grew into the game and after captain Tom Mitchell switched play, Bibby broke out from deep in his half and found supporting speedster Norton, who raced away for his 211th World Rugby Sevens Series try, converted by Mitchell.
Norton then turned provider after the half-time, cutting inside and finding Bibby on a short line to give England a 14-7 lead at the break. Bibby then completed his double in the second period from a short lineout following a Norton break.
James Rodwell also came off the bench for England to equal Ben Golings’ England Sevens cap record.
England next face Russia at 10.58am.