Norths tidy up un­fin­ished busi­ness

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North­ern United women’s rugby cap­tain Moana Aiatu said her team waited a year to atone for their loss to Wainuiomata in last year’s Welling­ton pre­mier club fi­nal.

Aiatu and the rest of her Norths team were cel­e­brat­ing on Fri­day night af­ter they held off a spir­ited Ori­en­tal-Ron­go­tai side 18-5 at Porirua Park in this year’s fi­nal.

‘‘We re­ally wanted this af­ter last year. Now we can go and cel­e­brate all our hard work,’’ she said.

Norths, un­beaten through­out 2013, led 13-0 at half­time. They dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion and ter­ri­tory, but only a try right on half­time by fly­ing left winger Donna Fer­ma­nis earned them a com­fort­able buf­fer at the break.

For Norths, Lekah Leti, Fer­ma­nis and Sharna Burt scored tries. Ag­gie Faraimo kicked a penalty. Ories’ only re­ply was a try in the 63rd minute to Joanah Ngan-Woo.

Aiatu paid trib­ute to coaches Aimee Su­to­rius and Matt Poutoa and to the club sup­port­ers – the fi­nal was watched by 1500 spec­ta­tors.

Norths swept the Fleurs Tro­phy (first round) and Vic­to­ria Tav­ern Tro­phy (sec­ond round) dou­ble in 2013.

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