England may have won the HSBC Canada Sevens with a convincing 19-7 win over South Africa, but one player will look back on the tournament with fonder memories than most.
Dan Norton was hot property once the final whistle went, with reporters and broadcasters scrambling to get time with the England star. Not only was Norton the DHL Impact Player for Vancouver and the HSBC Player of the Final, he also equalled Collins Injera's all-time try record of 244 after bagging seven tries at the tournament. Lightning step and still one of the fastest players on the series, on current form Norton would be expected to break that record at the next leg of the series in Hong Kong.
"What's different this year is I am able to demand the ball more," said Norton. "Players like Dan (Bibby) create the space for me by stretching the defences and this makes my life a lot easier. My skill is to beat people and that's what I try to do, hitting the spaces as hard as I can and finishing off the lads' hard work."
Norton's contributions in Vancouver helped push England into second overall in the series standings, just 23 points behind the Blitzboks who are on 126. On the fast track at BC Place, Norton made 10 breaks, 32 carries (over three metres minimum), 12 tackles and two offloads giving him a total of 56. In second place was Japan's Kameli Soejima who had a total of 51, 20 of which were tackles.
In the overall DHL Rugby Performance Tracker for the series, Norton is out in front on 245 points, 39 ahead of Wales' Sam Cross. Canada's Justin Douglas is in third, with 202.