Vik­ings back on form to ham­mer Te Aroha

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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