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Saturday, February 02, 2008

Classic Encounter - Wellington Sevens Final 2008

Classic Encounter - Wellington Sevens Final 2008

The Wellington leg of the IRB Sevens series produced one of the most outstanding finals in Sevens rugby history. A true classic, the meeting between hosts New Zealand the last years winners, Samoa, was a game that had the neutral viewer and the 35 000 strong crowd on the edge of their seats.

A last minute try by hometown hero Victor Vito sent the more than vocal crowd into hysteria, with the conversion simply a formality that from what I saw, they didn't even bother taking. Vito, who was compared to the great Lomu when scoring one of this tries, is fast becoming one of the more dangerous players in the incredibly talented New Zealand side.

Not to take away from Samoa though. The title holder put up an amazing fight, and after a dramatic start to the game were actually in control at one stage. The scorer of the first try, Mikaele Pesamino, looks to be an amazing find and with speed like that and age on his side, we're sure to be seeing a lot more from him in years to come.

For me, an absolutely classic match that either side could have won. As Keith Quinn labelled it, "The most dramatic final you could ever see."


Time: 07:48

Posted at 2:53 am | 22 comments

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minstrel boy February 02, 2008 9:48 pm

great game! and one detail really moved me. the players actually ran out on the pitch! huraaah! havent seen that in a while. nowadays they all walk out holding kids hands... wtf????

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minstrel boy February 02, 2008 9:48 pm

great game! and one detail really moved me. the players actually ran out on the pitch! huraaah! havent seen that in a while. nowadays they all walk out holding kids hands... wtf????

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buccs February 02, 2008 10:36 pm

dude dont be mean! they are usualy like disabled kids or something...or kids that win it in a competition...lol u ripping on the kids hehe

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buccs February 02, 2008 10:36 pm

dude dont be mean! they are usualy like disabled kids or something...or kids that win it in a competition...lol u ripping on the kids hehe

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Anonymous February 02, 2008 10:43 pm

Wellington's 7s is now finished..Bring it on, Hong Kong 7's !!!I can't wait for it...its gona be awesome!!

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Anonymous February 02, 2008 10:43 pm

Wellington's 7s is now finished..Bring it on, Hong Kong 7's !!!I can't wait for it...its gona be awesome!!

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minstrel boy February 03, 2008 2:06 pm

we shouldnt let sponsors ruin good rugby traditions. but lets stay on topic

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minstrel boy February 03, 2008 2:06 pm

we shouldnt let sponsors ruin good rugby traditions. but lets stay on topic

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goodNumber10 February 03, 2008 2:39 pm

Amazing game of rugby

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goodNumber10 February 03, 2008 2:39 pm

Amazing game of rugby

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Ruggerboy February 03, 2008 4:56 pm

The samoans have a very good attacking game, but their main problem seems to be the tackling are. They missed too many tackles.Great game though, and a great effort from both teams

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Ruggerboy February 03, 2008 4:56 pm

The samoans have a very good attacking game, but their main problem seems to be the tackling are. They missed too many tackles.Great game though, and a great effort from both teams

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boomshanka February 03, 2008 9:11 pm

wow, cheers rugbydump fer posting this - great final

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boomshanka February 03, 2008 9:11 pm

wow, cheers rugbydump fer posting this - great final

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Anonymous February 04, 2008 6:44 am

What a crowd, what a game! Why can't the other tournaments in rugby countries get that sort of atmosphere? It looked absolutely amazing.

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Anonymous February 04, 2008 6:44 am

What a crowd, what a game! Why can't the other tournaments in rugby countries get that sort of atmosphere? It looked absolutely amazing.

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Don February 04, 2008 10:10 am

that looked like an awesome game.

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Don February 04, 2008 10:10 am

that looked like an awesome game.

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Anonymous February 06, 2008 11:24 pm

I was there, it was absolutely amazing....Although the final was great, other games that stand out were Kenya beating France, and Cook Islands beating England, those games were fantastic! Good on Wellington!!

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Anonymous February 06, 2008 11:24 pm

I was there, it was absolutely amazing....Although the final was great, other games that stand out were Kenya beating France, and Cook Islands beating England, those games were fantastic! Good on Wellington!!

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Anonymous February 11, 2008 2:00 pm

What a game. That samoan is so fast as well!

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Anonymous February 11, 2008 2:00 pm

What a game. That samoan is so fast as well!

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