Vik­ings dis­ap­point in league fi­nal

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

The Porirua Vik­ings will not con­test the premier club rugby league grand fi­nal for the first time in five years af­ter they were de­feated by Wainuiomata 32- 28 in Satur­day’s semi­fi­nal.

In front of a good crowd at Fraser Park, the Porirua side will for­ever rue their slug­gish start on the soft track, which saw Wainui race to a 22-6 half­time lead. By the time his team got go­ing in the sec­ond spell, coach Peter Rikiriki says the dam­age had been done.

“We made more mis­takes and Wainui hit our fringes re­ally well. We didn’t re­ally try to push things un­til well into that sec­ond half, and we didn’t have enough time left. We got close when it was 22- 16, but they kept pulling away.’’

Down by four points with time nearly up, the Vik­ings broke through the line but a cru­cial an­kle- tap saved the day for Wainuiomata.

Rikiriki says his charges were dis­ap­pointed, but thoughts were al­ready turn­ing to next sea­son.

“We have some great young play­ers com­ing through, ready to take that step up to the premier level. Some of the older guys, like Jay Bol­stad, are re­ally key, he’s a ma­jor as­set.”

Rikiriki ex­pects Rand­wick to be too strong for Wainui in the grand fi­nal at Porirua Park this Satur­day, 3pm.

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