Bad de­ci­sions lead to 100-0 league rout

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Porirua Vik­ings’ 100-0 pre­mier match em­bar­rass­ment against Univer­sity Hunters on July 12 is the re­sult of good people mak­ing poor de­ci­sions, the gen­eral man­ager of Welling­ton Rugby League says.

The match at Kel­burn, which was called off in the sec­ond half with the score at 100-0 to Univer­sity, was a re­sult of the Vik­ings’ pre­miers not be­ing able to field a team. In­juries were rife among the pre­mier squad, but a num­ber of the fit play­ers turned out for the Vik­ings re­serve grade side that day.

Welling­ton Rugby League gen­eral man­ager Ja­son Hem­son said that, af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the Vik­ings re­serves had been stripped of two com­pe­ti­tion points.

‘‘It was widely re­ported that the Porirua Vik­ings fielded a se­nior first side [the club’s third team] for the pre­mier match, which in it­self does not con­sti­tute a breach of the WRL rules,’’ Hem­son said.

‘‘[But] it was also ap­par­ent that an ex­ces­sive num­ber of pre­mier play­ers played in the re­serve grade fix­ture with the in­tent of win­ning that match for the pur­pose of gain­ing a home ground ad­van­tage in the up­com­ing fi­nals.’’

Hem­son was sat­is­fied that the Vik­ings had dealt with the mat­ter in­ter­nally. He said he would be re­mind­ing club man­age­ment and their coaches the wider im­pli­ca­tions of their ac­tions and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties they shared.

He was con­fi­dent lessons had been learnt.

‘‘The Vik­ings club dealt with the mat­ter in an ef­fi­cient and pro­fes­sional man­ner, are ac­cept­ing of the pun­ish­ment and have of­fered apolo­gies to WRL, the Hunters and our mem­ber clubs,’’ he said.

‘‘Some­times good people make poor de­ci­sions and this is one of those oc­ca­sions.

‘‘It was not a good look for Welling­ton Rugby League, the pre­mier com­pe­ti­tion or the Vik­ings club it­self.’’

Porirua Vik­ings’ pre­mier side were knocked out of the play­offs af­ter a 36- 16 loss to Wainuiomata, and the club’s re­serve side lost 8- 4 to Rand­wick.

The re­serves have an­other life, how­ever, and will square up to St Ge­orge Drag­ons’ re­serve team in a knockout semi­fi­nal this Satur­day.

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