Vik­ings get big wake-up call

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

The sec­ond-half per­for­mance of his rugby league team at Nae­nae Park on Satur­day was the stuff of night­mares for Peter Rikiriki.

The Porirua Vik­ings’ premier coach says his charges ‘‘ran out of steam’’ af­ter half­time, as an ex­cel­lent Rand­wick side ran riot to win 54-30. The score was 18-all at the break and Rikiriki says his team was right in the con­test.

‘‘We didn’t have the ball much in the first half and did a lot of de­fend­ing. We stayed with them but then just ran out of puff, miss­ing a lot of tack­les and turn­ing over the ball on our sec­ond and third tackle.’’

The sec­ond half was a pro­ces­sion, with Rand­wick ex­ploit­ing weak Vik­ings de­fence around the edges. At one stage they scored three con­sec­u­tive tries in their first set of six from the kick­off.

Rikiriki says there is ‘‘plenty to ad­dress’’ at train­ing this week, es­pe­cially as they have a short turn­around for their Fri­day night game at Porirua Park against Pe­tone. While they had five reg­u­lars miss­ing for the Rand­wick match and did score 30 points in the loss, much more fit­ness work and in­ten­sity will be called for at train­ing.

‘‘This re­sult was a wake-up call. Bet­ter it hap­pened now than fur­ther down the track. We just need to pull fin­ger.’’

The re­sult has the Vik­ings in fourth place on five points, one point be­hind Wainuiomata and Up­per Hutt, and two shy of Rand­wick.

St Ge­orge, mean­while, re­main win­less at the foot of the ta­ble af­ter a 32-16 loss to Wainui. They can take much heart from the re­sult, how­ever, en­ter­ing the last quar­ter of the match at 16-all. They take on Up­per Hutt this Satur­day.

Don’t ar­gue: Porirua Vik­ings have no prob­lems scor­ing points, as AJ Akavi showed when he scored a bril­liant solo sec­ond half try against Rand­wick at Nae­nae Park on Satur­day, but a leaky de­fence was their down­fall.

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