Wellington Sevens couch potato's guide

Last updated 05:00 01/02/2013

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Maybe you were too slow on the uptake to buy a ticket. Maybe you couldn't afford it this year. Maybe you just prefer to watch the games without the pageantry and partying.

Whatever your reason, if you're staying home to watch the sevens, here's your guide for what's on when, how the tournament works, and what to watch out for.

ON TELEVISION

There will be 18 hours of live coverage across the two days, on both Sky and TV1.

New Zealand's pool games on Friday: v England 3.12pm, v Spain 6.08pm, v United States 9.56pm.

Finals times on Saturday night: Shield final 7.30pm, Bowl final 8.00pm, Plate final 8.30pm, Cup final 9.30pm.

TOURNAMENT STRUCTURE

Four pools of four teams, who play each other once. New Zealand are in a pool with the US, England and Spain.

Teams are awarded 3 points for a win, 2 for a draw, 1 for a loss, 0 for a no-show.

The top two teams in each pool advance to the Cup competition.

The third and fourth teams go into the Bowl.

The four quarterfinal losers contest the Plate.

The Shield is contested by the losing quarterfinalists of the Bowl.

The Wellington event is the fourth round of the IRB sevens season, which started in Australia, followed by Dubai and South Africa. After New Zealand, it heads to the US, Hong Kong, Japan, Scotland and England.

STARS TO WATCH OUT FOR

New Zealand's Tomasi Cama is leading the tournament points tally heading into the Wellington round, with 116 points, 1pt ahead of Fiji's Joji Baleviani Raqamate.

Spain's Pedro Martin has scored the most tries so far, with 16. Canada's Sean Duke and England's Dan Norton each have 15.

US speedster Carlin Isles is the fastest man in the tournament. Watch out for him beating all defenders in a foot race.

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