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14,000 at first day of Sevens – 24 matches, 3 arrests, 54 evictions

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It’s been a day of blistering rugby, singing, dancing and good times on Day One of the HSBC Wellington Sevens. HSBC Wellington Sevens General Manager Steve Dunbar said the crowd had built throughout the day, with about 2000 more tickets bought at the gate.

Around 14,000 fans enjoyed entertaining rugby during the 24 matches of pool play, culminating in the All Blacks Sevens snatching victory from South Africa in the dying stages of the final game of the evening.

“There’s been a fantastic vibe here on Day One, people were relaxed, had a good time and enjoyed the footy. The crowd’s support for all the teams has been outstanding,” he said.

Dunbar said the Family Zone was humming and young and old enjoyed a family day out together.

“We’ve made some changes this year and we’re pretty pleased with how Day One has gone. The weather report for Sunday looks good and we expect even more fans will turn out for a fun time and to cheer on the world’s best sevens players.”

Inspector Chris Bensemann Operation Commander for HSBC Wellington Sevens said police were pleased with crowd behaviour.

“We’re very happy with the fans today. There’s always a few people who take it too far but we have dealt with them and the vast majority of fans have had a good time and caused no issues at all,” he said.

Three people were arrested and 58 were evicted on Saturday.

Wellington Free Ambulance treated 35 people for mainly minor conditions.

The forecast for Day Two is for warm and sunny weather and fans are encouraged to remember sunscreen. The All Blacks Sevens play their quarter final match against Kenya at 1:02pm.

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