Sev­ens style on dis­play

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

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.

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