Vik­ings still in the top spot

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

The Porirua Vik­ings shrugged off an av­er­age first half to record a big win over Pe­tone in Welling­ton se­nior club rugby league on Satur­day.

The shock loss to St Ge­orge two weeks ago has been rel­e­gated to the mem­ory as suc­ces­sive wins have en­sured top spot for the Porirua side in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Vic­to­ries over Up­per Hutt this week­end and Univer­sity on July 14 will see them claim the mi­nor pre­mier­ship and home field ad­van­tage in the en­su­ing play­offs.

The Vik­ings took time to get into the match against the Pan­thers at McEwan Park.

Al­though they shot out to a 14-0 lead af­ter plenty of pos­ses­sion, they were pegged back and went into the break 18-14 down.

Coach Peter Rikiriki would have had stern words at half­time and the sec­ond spell was one-way traf­fic as the vis­i­tors ran in eight tries. Rocky Ma­soe and Jay Bolstad were out­stand­ing as the league lead­ers ran riot to record a 60-18 win.

Rand­wick are two points be­hind the Vik­ings on 17 points.

St Ge­orge, mean­while, are des­tined to miss the play­offs af­ter their en­ter­tain­ing 36-24 loss to Up­per Hutt at Can­nons Creek Park.

They stay bot­tom of the ta­ble on six points, with only the top five mak­ing the fi­nals.

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