Vikings back on form to hammer Te Aroha
Porirua Vikings bounced back from their loss to Randwick with a heartening 38-12 win over Te Aroha on Saturday.
The rugby league match was played in sunshine in Waiwhetu, the conditions allowing the visiting side to play their expansive game. The match was effectively over at halftime, plenty of tries in the first 40 meaning the Vikings carried a 32-0 lead into the sheds. It was vintage Vikings stuff, including some breakouts from deep inside their own half.
Halfback Anton Wereta spun the ball wide early in the tackle count, setting class players like Johnny Teleaga away, while forwards Hayden Lewis and player of the day Jarrod McDonald were rampant.
McDonald made twice as many tackles as anyone else on the park.
Te Aroha had a better second half, and the Vikings will be disappointed they didn’t pile on more points, but it was an excellent win for the Porirua side.
‘‘The boys went really well. It was a great turnaround from last week, where we just seemed to drop the ball all the time,’’ said satisfied coach David Lomax.
‘‘We completed sets and our halves were looking up a lot more, identifying opportunities. We talked a lot during the week about attitude and focus. We have the players with the skills but we have to get that attitude right.’’
Lomax says they have an exciting mix of experience and youth, with a group of players under 19 providing a spark.
‘‘We have a few guys coming back from injury but there’s a lot of depth we can call on, and some of these young boys are making that step up.
‘‘It’s great for the club and the older guys, like Anton, Jay [Bolstad] and Greig [Dean] really appreciate it.’’
The win keeps the Vikings second in the standings, after Wainuiomata thrashed Petone to stay top. St George, meanwhile, were handed an 80-10 hiding by Randwick. They were 22-0 down after just 10 minutes. The Dragons remain at the foot of the table.
Thundering run: Vikings second rower Hayden Lewis was tough to contain when he got some space on Saturday, creating plenty of momentum for his team.