Vik­ings raid on Pe­tone a slam

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

The Porirua Vik­ings re­cov­ered from an­other slow start to record a re­sound­ing 50-20 win over Pe­tone at Porirua Park on Fri­day night, while St Ge­orge notched their first win of the sea­son in premier club rugby league.

Down 14-0 af­ter 20 min­utes, the signs were not good for the Vik­ings, who were ham­mered the pre­vi­ous week­end by Rand­wick. Han­dling er­rors and the Pan­thers’ dom­i­nant field po­si­tion meant wor­ry­ing times for Vik­ings coach Peter Rikiriki.

But the home side showed for­ti­tude to come roar­ing back, led by for­wards Rocky Ma­soe and Va’a Kiri­some, who made some telling breaks. De­fence around the rucks, which was aw­ful against Rand­wick, was tight.

‘‘We were down 14-nil and I think that re­al­i­sa­tion just sunk that the game was slip­ping away, so the boys stepped up,’’ Rikiriki said. ‘‘We re­ally need to work on those bad starts [to the game] but we showed once we got into it that we can play well.’’ Along with pos­i­tive mo­men­tum from their for­wards, An­ton Wereta was key to di­rect­ing the Vik­ings around the park. In the washup, eight play­ers scored tries as they ran riot over the fading Pe­tone side.

St Ge­orge beat­ing Up­per Hutt ( 26- 18) and Rand­wick los­ing to Te Aroha on Satur­day shows this will be a close com­pe­ti­tion, Rikiriki says.

Wainuiomata sit on top of the ta­ble with eight points, with Rand­wick and the Vik­ings on seven. St Ge­orge’s win sees them move level with Univer­sity on two points.

The Vik­ings host Up­per Hutt at As­cot Park on Satur­day, while the Dragons go to Te Whiti Park to play Te Aroha.

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