Dan the Man for Great Britain sevens team

Former Kirkham Grammar School student Dan Bibby was in top, try-scoring form for the Great Britain rugby sevens team at the Rio Olympics.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 10th August 2016, 9:16 am
Updated Wednesday, 10th August 2016, 11:19 am
Bibby- stopped in full flow against Japan
Bibby- stopped in full flow against Japan

It was a day when Great Britain remained unscathed as shocks and drama unfolded all around them on a spectacular opening day at Deodoro Stadium.

There were far fewer dramas earlier in the day as Kenya were despatched 31-7 - Bibby (2), Mark Bennett, Dan Norton and Phil Burgess scored England’s tries.

Bibby is the former Fylde and Sale Sharks fly-half.

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The stadium was rocked as New Zealand were stunned by Japan.

Britain narrowly avoided going the same way as New Zealand, who were victims of arguably the greatest shock in sevens history when Japan beat them 14-12, while they also lost World Cup winner Sonny Bill Williams to an Olympics-ending injury.

The Japanese, emulating the spirit of their 15-a-side team when they unforgettably beat South Africa at last autumn’s World Cup in Brighton, were a conversion away from drawing with Britain, but the last-gasp kick was missed and GB held out for a 21-19 victory.

Two James Rodwell tries put Britain in the driving seat, but Japan had no intention of rolling over, and they fought back to level the contest through converted scores from Lomano Lemeki and Katsuyuki Sakai.

Marcus Watson, brother of England star Anthony Watson, then touched down to put the Pool C leaders back in front, only for Lemeki’s second try to set up a nerve-shredding climax that narrowly saw Britain move towards the quarter-finals ahead of tackling New Zealand on Wednesday.