Tawa get there after 66 years
Jubliee Cup won in style
There were heroes all over Hutt Rec when Tawa repulsed a powerful Oriental-Rongotai side 26-21 to hoist the Jubilee Cup on Sunday.
Skipper Taniela Koroi, hooker Matt Treeby and blindside Sam Blair were all prominent. Firstfive eighth James So’oialo was key, kicking 16 points, including two vital long-range efforts late in the game.
Tawa opened the scoring after just five minutes with Siaosi Mafi crashing over in the corner, but Ories fought their way back. Tawa halfback Steve So’oialo’s try just before halftime made it 14-13 and three penalties by his brother James in the second spell sealed the win.
Tawa’s pack was the foundation, and their backs were skilful and dangerous. But it was defence and spirit that brought them the Jubilee Cup for the first time since the club was founded in 1947.
Club captain Allan Davidson said the plans were put in place a few years ago, but it still felt surreal when the day arrived.
‘‘It’s the most awesome feeling,’’ he said. ‘‘All week people who know me in Tawa were wishing us luck and the whole place was just pumping.
‘‘It feels like all of Tawa came along to support the team. What an amazing day.’’
Northern United were similarly made to work hard for their 26-16 Hardham Cup final victory over Wellington.
Sinoti Sinoti, Henry Smith and Alapati Leiua crossed for Norths, and Jackson Garden-Bachop kicked 11 points.
In other rugby, ParemataPlimmerton were top qualifiers for the senior 1 semifinals and will face Hutt Old Boys Marist on Saturday.
In the college competition, Porirua College beat Rongotai College 29-10.
Porirua Vikings exited the Wellington premier club rugby league with a whimper. On Saturday they were hammered 58-12 by University in the preliminary final at Porirua Park.
The Vikings entered the playoffs on a high, after finishing the regular season in second place.
But a 44- 0 mauling at the hands of Randwick in the major semifinal, followed by the loss to University, has left them without silverware for the third season running.
St George’s reserves, meanwhile, thrashed University reserves 48-22 to make the grand final against Randwick this weekend.
In Central League football action, Tawa had their second successive victory, beating fellow strugglers Wellington United 2-0 at Newtown Park.
Tawa have moved three points clear of United – the bottom side faces a promotion/ relegation playoff – with just two games left.
Western Suburbs secured an excellent 3-0 win over Olympic to hold on to third spot.
In Kapi Mana premier netball results, KBJ 1 and Kahurangi 1 fought out a 25-25 draw, Rockz 1 beat Plimmerton Tuohy 35-22 and Aotea Red beat Kahurangi 2 33-20.
Rampaging: Tawa prop Tolu Fahamokioa takes the ball up during his team’s Jubilee Cup win at the Hutt Rec on Sunday.