Tawa get there af­ter 66 years

Jubliee Cup won in style

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

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.

Photo: PETER MCCDONALD

Ram­pag­ing: Tawa prop Tolu Fa­hamokioa takes the ball up dur­ing his team’s Ju­bilee Cup win at the Hutt Rec on Sun­day.

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