Huge day for Tawa and Norths

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By KRIS DANDO

Steve So’oialo says cap­ping off his rugby play­ing days by win­ning the Ju­bilee Cup matches any­thing he’s done dur­ing his long ca­reer.

The in­spi­ra­tional Tawa half­back scored a try and his sharp play and lead­er­ship earned him the Jim Brown Me­mo­rial Medal for player of the day as his side over­came Ori­en­talRon­go­tai 26-21 in the Ju­bilee Cup fi­nal at the Hutt Rec on Sun­day.

It was Tawa’s first pre­mier ti­tle since the club formed in 1947. This sea­son they also won the Swin­dale Shield, Andy Les­lie Tro­phy and Bill Brien Chal­lenge Shield.

‘‘You might say it’s just a club fi­nal, but it still gets you,’’ So’oialo said.

‘‘It’s a spe­cial day. We had pas­sion and con­trol out there.’’

Mean­while, the Per­e­nara fam­ily had dou­ble rea­son for cel­e­bra­tion on Sun­day.

North­ern United half­back TJ Per­e­nara was named in the All Blacks train­ing squad and Norths won the Hard­ham Cup

plat­form to build on for 2014.

Cham­pagne time: Norths skip­per Henry Smith is all smiles as the cham­pagne flies af­ter the pre­sen­ta­tion of the Hard­ham Cup.

Pho­tos: PETER MCDON­ALD

Win­ning feel­ing: Tawa cap­tain Taniela Koroi and coach Matt Boyd hold the Ju­bilee Cup aloft.

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