Attacking at its best
The Porirua Vikings have stormed into the Wellington rugby league grand final after bringing Upper Hutt’s giant-killing exploits to an end on Saturday.
The 68-20 demolition at Wise Park was attacking rugby league at its best, with stars Anton Wereta, Johnny Teleaga, Greig Dean and Freddie Robinson at their sublime best. Although the Vikings conceded the opening try, they raced to 26-4 at the break.
‘‘I’m optimistic about this week [ the grand final], we’ve got a well-balanced side with no injuries, apart from Rocky [ Masoe],’’ a happy Vikings coach David Lomax said.
‘‘We let in a couple of soft tries and the only thing we’ll need to work on is a goal-line defence. Our attack is pretty sound – we have the big boys up the middle, we’re smart around the edges and excellent out wide.’’
Lomax said opponents Te Aroha – who knocked out Wainuiomata in a boilover – were an ‘‘ unpredictable’’ side they would not be taking lightly. The Vikings premiers will be going for an unprecedented fourth grand final win in a row and the club also features teams in the reserves, under-19 and under-17 grand finals.
Kickoff for the premier grand final is 3pm at Fraser Park, with the reserves at 1pm. Entry cost is $8, children under-15 free. Under17s and 19s play on Sunday.
Breaking through: Porirua Vikings’ standout attacker Johnny Teleaga looks to break the Upper Hutt line during their huge win over the Tigers in the semi-final.