So’oialo: One more box to tick

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

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.

Photo: AN­DREA O’NEIL

Hard work: Vik­ings player Lolo Eti­mani bat­tles the odds dur­ing his team’s 44-0 de­feat by Rand­wick at Nae­nae Park on Satur­day.

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