Vik­ings out for re­venge in opener

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

The Porirua Vik­ings kick off the new Welling­ton Rugby League sea­son un­der lights at Porirua Park this Fri­day and have a score to set­tle.

Te Aroha Eels caused a ma­jor up­set by pip­ping the Vik­ings by one point in the premier grade grand final last year and will travel to Porirua to see if they can get their ti­tle de­fence off to a win­ning start.

The Vik­ings, un­der new coach Peter Rikiriki, will have about seven new play­ers in their ranks, but club pres­i­dent Bernie Wood is con­fi­dent they will be­gin strongly.

‘‘We’re go­ing through some big changes in terms of per­son­nel on the field, so it will be a chal­lenge, but Te Aroha are com­ing into the lion’s den. What bet­ter way to start the new sea­son than a grand final re­play?’’

Mr Wood ex­pects a big walk-up crowd. It costs $5 for adults and chil­dren are free. The re­serve grade match is sched­uled for 6pm, with the pre­miers kick­ing off at 7.30pm.

Three more Vik­ings games will be Fri­day night fix­tures at Porirua Park – April 13 (against Wainuiomata), April 20 (St Ge­orge) and May 4 (Pe­tone).

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