EXETER’S Abbie Brown helped England finished top of Pool B on day one of the HSBC Dubai Sevens with victories over Australia, USA and China.

They will now face Australia in the Cup quarter-final on Friday morning.

England opened their Dubai campaign with a 26-12 victory over Australia opening the scoring through captain Brown, but the reigning champions were quick to respond as Evanie Pelite dotted down unopposed.

James Bailey’s side regained the lead after a superb Holly Aitchison offload gave Emma Uren a free run for the posts. Aitchison converted making it 12-5 at half-time.

Australia were back level moments into the second half after Dominique Du Toit worked her way through the English defence but England fought back and sealed the win with scores from Ellie Kildunne and Natasha Hunt.

England’s winning momentum continued into their second game of the day with a 14-12 win over USA.

The Women’s Eagles opened the scoring through Cheta Emba but England responded with a converted try from Brown who weaved through the defence for an easy run at the sticks.

Despite some excellent England defence USA regained the lead through Naya Tapper but a penalty to England sent Amy Wilson Hardy searing through her opponents to dot down. Natasha Hunt added the extras securing another win for the side.

In their third and final game of day one England ran in an impressive six tries against China rounding off the day with a 38-0 victory.

Jess Breach was first to put points on the scoreboard with barely 30 seconds on the clock followed shortly by Wilson Hardy who went over for her second of the day and Brown for her third. Two successful Aitchison conversions put England 19-0 up at half time.

In the second half Breach increased the score line with another try under the posts followed up by two consecutive tries by speedster Deborah Fleming. Three additional conversions from Aitchison and Hunt added the extras and secured the win for England.

“I’m so pleased with the girls’ performances today – the amount of effort and work that everyone put in has been amazing,” said Brown.

“That non-stop attitude is exactly what you need and you can’t teach that – I’m really proud of everyone. We’re going to head back now, recover and get ourselves ready to go again tomorrow.”

England Women Sevens squad for Dubai:

Holly Aitchison
Jess Breach
Abbie Brown ©
Abi Burton
Deborah Fleming
Natasha Hunt
Ellie Kildunne
Alex Matthews
Helena Rowland
Emily Scarratt
Emma Uren
Amy Wilson Hardy

England’s Pool B fixtures 

England 26-12 Australia
Tries: Abbie Brown, Emma Uren, Ellie Kildunne, Natasha Hunt.

England 14-12 USA
Tries: Abbie Brown, Amy Wilson Hardy

England 38-0 China
Tries: Jess Breach (2), Amy Wilson Hardy, Brown, Deborah Fleming (2)

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