Vikings sail ahead with confidence
The Porirua Vikings may not have claimed the minor premiership but they will take plenty of confidence into premier club rugby league’s post-season.
The Vikings beat University 26-4 in the torrential rain and wind at Kelburn on Saturday. It was a win built on attitude, coach Peter Rikiriki said, something that was distinctly lacking in their upset loss to Upper Hutt two weeks ago.
That loss cost them the chance to clinch the Mulqueen Shield, with Randwick taking the minor premiership silverware courtesy of having a better points differential.
‘‘ Randwick are probably the favoured team going into the play- offs, they’ve had the best results these last few weeks [including a 42-0 win over Upper Hutt on Saturday] and will be tough to beat,’’ Rikiriki said.
This weekend, in the new top five format, Randwick have the bye, while Upper Hutt play Te Aroha and the Vikings take on Wainuiomata at Ascot Park.
The loser of the latter game has an extra life. Rikiriki said they had a few niggling injuries in the squad and would have enjoyed a bye but will nevertheless approach their fixture with plenty of selfbelief.
‘‘We really let it slip against Upper Hutt, so it was great to see the right attitude back [against Uni] on Saturday. It’s about having that consistency now.’’