Sevens style on display
Porirua got a touch of sevens magic last Wednesday, with the All Blacks playing Portugal in a training match at Porirua Park.
About 50 fans turned up to the morning match, watching the teams face off and getting autographs.
New Zealand comfortably beat Portugal five tries to three, with favourite Lote Raikabula showing good form and newly selected Rocky Khan commanding plenty of play.
Khan and fellow new cap Gillies Kaka joined a squad hoping to secure a third successive title at the Westpac Stadium over the weekend, but ran into a white hot Kenyan side in the semifinal, losing 19-14.
The Kenyans faced England in the final and lost 24-19. It was England’s second Wellington title.
New Zealand still holds a com- fortable lead in the World Sevens standings, on 77 points, ahead of Kenya (56), Samoa (54) and Fiji, France and South Africa (51).
Portuguese power play: Nuno Guedes impressed at a Portugal versus New Zealand Sevens training match at Porirua Park last Wednesday.