Hi Guys. NZ Herald sports journalist Daniel Richardson here and I will be bringing you live updates from the sevens at Westpac Stadium today
So if you can't get along to the event or want to know even more from inside the Cake Tin as you follow along on your smart phone or tablet, settle in, keep this link live and enjoy yourself
I will do my best to bring in some humour, funny tweets I see online, the on-field action, the off-field action and, of course, some trademark #danalysis
Our first game is underway with Canada playing Scotland
NZ don't play until 3.06pm when they meet Fiji in their Pool B clash
Strolling along the concourse just before had our usual mix of early arrivers, who were caught out by having to go through the turnstiles to get an 18 plus wristband to allow you to drink inside the Cake Tin today. As is always the case there's very few punters here at this stage but it will pick up
On the field, Argentina are in a different strip here for their game against the USA which, for some reason, features a strong dose of highlighter orange
The interview with Titch for the piece below was quite amusing as it was after the parade on Wednesday and we were walking through town and talking. Titch had to stop once for a photo with some bloke then at least two others came up and wished him good luck for the weekend. Was a nice change of pace from a spoon-fed media session where a guy has microphones forced down his throat
If you're just tuning in, NZ don't play until they meet Fiji at 3.06pm. If you're thinking: "Man, that's tough for NZ to cop Fiji in the pool rounds". Well, here's how it works. The 4 semifinalists from each tournament are seeded 1-4 then the rest of the participating teams are drawn from a hat. NZ being a beaten finalist in Las Vegas two weeks back were, of course, the second seed for Wellington and because Fiji flamed out in pool play in Sin City, they went in to the hat.
Interesting point you raise, Andrew. You are the first commenter of the day. Congratulations to you. The yellow seats are the norm at this time of the day at the sevens. It always fills up and the place is a near sellout for the weekend. As for the lack of reader comments, I will put that down to the fact I am yet to say anything stupid. Yet.
Hi Mike, I probably wouldn't refer to myself as a "sevens guy" at all. I am more of an all-rounder when it comes to sports writing, which is probably reflected in my wide range of stuff I have covered and the fact I am basically a jack of numerous trades and a master of none
Ben, thanks for taking the time to comment. It's greatly appreciated. Some people also used to think the world was flat, so I guess that while you're entitled to your opinion, it may, in fact, not be correct.
Also, USA are fighting back here from 19-0 down to pull it back to 19-14 v the Pumas. Decent fixture here. Only our second game of the day, mind.
And that's a 19-14 win for Argentina, if you're scoring at home or the workplace
There's some turkey dressed up in the usual Austin Powers get-up that is turning up on the big screen. I'm all for making the most of a good thing, but surely a new staple costume needs to come about.
With that in mind, if anyone has any cracking costume ideas to share, I'd welcome them and will post the comments. If you don't, hey, that's cool too.
Samoan goalkicker has just nailed a sideline conversion. Cracking kick that
Samoa are playing Kenya here and outside of NZ, they're generally the two best supported teams in Wellington.
Interesting assessment, Paul. There are pros and cons to that suggestion. Pros: Women. Cons: Hat selection. Currently my favourites are an LA Kings one and a San Fran Giants one. If you're wondering what I am wearing today, I am hatless and, frankly, am having an exceptional hair day.
Samoa are up 19-5 over Kenya here at the half
Yes, Paul, but you have to have the chat to back it up. You can't dress up in that.
In actual rugby stuff, we have Australia playing Tonga next. Aus are a decent side at sevens level and will fancy themselves a bit this weekend. They knocked off Fiji in pool play in Las Vegas two weeks back
There was an early drama here in the media box with the coffee machine out of hot water, Hopefully this crisis will be averted shortly.
It's pretty warm, Laura. I'd say you'd be spot on with either but I don't really know fashion
Paul, the hashtag only works with an "N" in your name. Like Dan and Aidan or so on.
Samoa just threw down a 24-12 lesson to Kenya there.
Firstly, Tim, I'm going to take that comment as the potential "surprise package" team rather than any other terrible undertones. I will post my selections now. This will be helpful if you are looking to bet on the tournament, as I'd staunchly advise going against my picks
Winners: NZ. Second pick: South Africa. Roughie: Canada.
And always, please, gamble responsibly
Aussie looking comfortable here, up 12-0 over Tonga at the split. South Africa up next. Interested to see them in action. They will be playing Wales.
Crowd is slowly starting to fill up here. Will update accordingly if I see any impressive costumes. Early favourites are people wearing sombreros. Very sun smart on a hot day
Some knock by McCullum in the cricket. Great to see. Australia have taken Tonga to school here to the tune of 30 odd to 5. Looking sharp
We are two games away from seeing NZ play
A lot of Fiji fans here early on. They should be well supported if they fire this weekend.
Yep, we should see 18-year-old Aucklander Akira Ioane play today. He was the No 8 for the NZ schools side last year and is a big bit of gear at around 1.95m and 100-plus kegs