15,500 fans see All Blacks’ thrilling win at second day of Wellington Sevens

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A thrilling last-minute win from the All Blacks Sevens over South Africa capped off a fantastic weekend for fans at the HSBC Wellington Sevens in Wellington tonight.

Around 30,000 people enjoyed the tournament over the two days, with about 15,500 fans cheering on the All Blacks Sevens to a 24-21 win over South Africa in the final at Westpac Stadium.

HSBC Wellington Sevens General Manager Steve Dunbar said the home team’s win had topped off the weekend for fans who had been upbeat and enthusiastic.

“Everyone was here for a good time, to watch some fantastic rugby and enjoy a couple of days of entertainment with family and friends. Feedback about the tournament from World Rugby, players and team management has been really positive and that’s largely thanks to the operations team who have run an exceptional event.

Inspector Chris Bensemann, Police Operation Commander, praised crowd behaviour over the two days.

“It’s a testament to the cooperative approach New Zealand Rugby and Westpac Stadium have taken in working together with us.

“We’re really pleased with sevens fans, it’s been a very settled crowd and our early intervention approach has meant any issues have been dealt with quickly before they escalated any further,” he said.

During the second day of the tournament there were six arrests and 58 evictions. Wellington Free Ambulance treated approximately 50 people in total on Sunday for minor conditions and said overall it was a great atmosphere.

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