The Wellington round of the World Rugby 7s ended in the early hours of this morning.
The rugby didn’t disappoint, but the lack of a decent crowd very much did.
The standard of rugby on display deserved much better and it is hard to believe that New Zealanders weren’t there in droves to enjoy it – especially as Sonny Bill was making his 7s debut.
Only 14,000 turned up for the pool games on Saturday – haven’t seen the figures for day 2 yet, but the sight of empty yellow seats told their own story.
It could have been called the ‘Comeback 7s’ – there were some Lazarus type efforts from Scotland, England, New Zealand and Wales to snatch victory – some after the clock had turned red (England v France in the first game for example).
Wales were 24-0 down to Samoa and then forced the match to extra time before going down to a sudden death score.
New Zealand twice got themselves out of jail – SBW being heavily involved both times.
Mind you not all of his offloads worked!
There are some good videos of some games –
It makes you wonder why the stands were so empty.
Despite the presence of Sonny Bill the best offload of the tournament went to a Scot – Joe Nayacavou who set up extra time against Japan in the Bowl semi-final. That was worth the ticket price for admission in itself (assuming you weren’t off having a waz at the time)
For those who were here it is –
The show moves on to Sydney next weekend and it is already a sell-out –
Rich is going for the weekend with a couple of mates (Chris and Euan) – they’ve booked a hotel even though two of them live just down the road! Smart decision I think.
I’ll add photos next week – as long as Rich isn’t too pissed to focus his i-phone!
At least the teams will get the crowd they deserve