So’oialo: One more box to tick
In quieter moments, Steve So’oialo reflects on what his team has achieved this year. But he knows the job isn’t done yet.
The Tawa Rugby Club premier team halfback and co-coach led his team to a solid 29-13 Jubilee Cup semi-final win over Old BoysUniversity at Lyndhurst Park on Saturday.
Tawa will play OrientalRongotai in the Jubilee Cup final at the Hutt Recreation Ground on Sunday. Ories overcame Hutt Old Boys Marist 30-27 in extra time in their semi-final at the Hutt Rec.
Tawa led 10-6 late in the first half before prop Tolu Fahamokia smashed his way over to give his side a decisive 17-6 lead at the break.
After 60 minutes, wing Jeff Makapelu crossed in the corner to put the game beyond doubt.
So’oialo said it was ‘‘another box ticked’’ in a season to remember.
‘‘It’s just been awesome, everything that we [the coaches] could have asked for.
‘‘The passion and consistency throughout the year has been special and there is so much depth at this club.
‘‘It was pretty relaxed in the changing room after the win. There’s still a final to be played against a very, very good Ories team.
‘‘You see the names they have – it’s going to be a mission, but we’re not there to make up the numbers.’’
So’oialo said nothing would change this week in terms of training and Tawa would look to have a team run on Saturday.
Northern United, meanwhile, scored 14 tries in the Porirua Park sunshine as they romped to an 88- 5 win over Wests in their Hardham Cup semi-final.
Wing Sinoti Sinot scored a hattrick, fullback Johnny Teleaga got a double and flanker Dean Brunsdon crossed for his 17th try of the season.
Norths’ final is at the Hutt Rec at 1pm, with Tawa’s at 3pm.
In the major semi-final in Wellington club rugby league on Saturday, Porirua Vikings were thrashed 44- 0 by Randwick at Naenae Park.
It was 30-0 at halftime and the Vikings could not make a dent in the Kingfishers’ defence in the second half. The Vikings play University on Saturday to see who will play Randwick in the grand final the following weekend.
In Central League football action, Wests were beaten 4-1 by Miramar Rangers at David Farrington Park, but stay third in the table. Tawa, meanwhile, beat Upper Hutt City 4-3 at Redwood Park for their first win of the season. Tawa are still bottom, but are now level on points with Wellington United.
Hard work: Vikings player Lolo Etimani battles the odds during his team’s 44-0 defeat by Randwick at Naenae Park on Saturday.