Mud slows down Vik­ings’ ad­vance

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

There should be plenty of early ar­rivals to train­ing for the Porirua Vik­ings’ premier side this week.

They were well-beaten by Rand­wick, 44-14, at a muddy Nae­nae Park on Satur­day. The re­sult puts Rand­wick into the grand fi­nal, while the Vik­ings have to turn around and play old foes Wainuiomata at Fraser Park this Satur­day in the elim­i­na­tion fi­nal.

Rand­wick made the Vik­ings play around the fringes, just like they did when these two teams met on the same ground ear­lier this sea­son. The home­side’s tac­tic of run­ning at the smaller Vik­ings’ halves made them plenty of ground.

It was hard to watch for coach Peter Rikiriki but he paid credit to Rand­wick.

‘‘We didn’t per­form any­where near our best and the ground was aw­ful, it’s muddy all the time and does not suit our style of play. But Rand­wick wanted it more and it showed – for 10 years they have fallen at the semi­fi­nal stage and they were de­ter­mined to get to a grand fi­nal.’’

With the fore­cast for rain this week, and Rikiriki re­port­ing that Fraser Park is in a sim­i­lar state to Nae­nae Park, they are go­ing to have to come up with a game plan to take ground con­di­tions out of the equa­tion.

“The boys got to­gether in a hud­dle af­ter the [Rand­wick] game and talked about what we need to do, we will get back on track I’m sure.

‘‘They will be show­ing up early to train­ing. ’’

Photo: DEAN PEM­BER­TON

Hand­ful: Porirua Vik­ings’ Vena Lam­sam strug­gles to bring down Rand­wick’s Paul Le­m­ana in the Welling­ton Rugby League semi­fi­nal at Nae­nae Park on Satur­day.

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