Vik­ings up­set

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Porirua Vik­ings may have blown the chance to clinch the mi­nor pre­mier­ship in se­nior Welling­ton club rugby league, falling to the im­prov­ing Up­per Hutt Tigers 26-24 on Satur­day. The loss, cou­pled with Rand­wick’s heavy de­feat of Univer­sity, puts the Vik­ings into sec­ond, be­hind Rand­wick on points dif­fer­en­tial. De­fend­ing premiers Te Aroha were too good for St Ge­orge, crush­ing them 40-6 at Can­nons Creek Park. The last round be­fore the play­offs this week­end is a catchup round, with no game for the Dragons. The Vik­ings, how­ever, play Univer­sity at Kel­burn Park and need Up­per Hutt to up­set Rand­wick to steal the mi­nor pre­mier­ship. Ti­tahi Bay Mar­lins, mean­while, have se­cured a spot in the se­nior first play­offs with a 34-10 over Porirua City Phoenix Black.

Photo: CHAINSAWPHOTOS

Elu­sive: Mana Col­lege’s Wil­liam Sila makes a run through the heart of Aotea Col­lege’s de­fence dur­ing their 22-15 Beard Tro­phy vic­tory at Porirua Park last Wed­nes­day night. The win means Mana – who took the tro­phy off Tawa Col­lege last month – re­tain the sym­bol of rugby dom­i­nance in the Porirua basin un­til the 2013 sea­son. The Beard Tro­phy was first played for be­tween Mana and Tawa col­leges in 1964.

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