Vik­ings sail ahead with con­fi­dence

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

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.’’

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