At­tack­ing at its best

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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.

Photo: DEAN PEM­BER­TON

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.

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