Porirua sides kick off season in style
St George Dragons and Porirua Vikings began their Wellington rugby league premiership campaigns on a bright note on Saturday.
Ta’au Savaiinaea’s St George had a huge struggle before beating Petone Panthers 38-30, with eight players playing back-to-back games, having helped the club’s reserves side earlier.
‘‘ It was evenly matched and could have gone either way,’’ Savaiinaea said.
‘‘ The lead changed several times, but we managed to come back in the last 10 minutes.’’
There were tries for Khaylan Huriwai-Teleaga, Phil Amuimuia, Takua Fa’auga, Tala Eni, Andre Kemp, Elekosi Kelemete, Aleni Aleni, Lano Isaako kicked five conversions. Petone led 20-18 at halftime. ‘‘It’s a whole new team this year and there is a lot we need to work on, but they did play well,’’ Savaiinaea said.
He said it felt good to start the season on a high.
However, there is still work to be done and he said St George would be working on defence and attacking in a straight line at training this week.
‘‘There are signs of a promising season, but I don’t want to say too much in case we end up last.
‘‘If we manage to finish middle on the table I’d be happy. Anything better would be a bonus. ‘‘It’s all part of a two-year plan.’’ St George play defending champions Randwick at Cannons Creek Park on Saturday.
‘‘ That will give us a good measure of where we’re at.’’
The Vikings demolished Upper Hutt 48-10 at Whakatiki Park and run into Petone at Bernie Wood Turf on Saturday.
In the premier reserve grade, Titahi Bay Marlins had a good 40-22 win over Trentham Titans.
Second rower Takua Fa’auga on the charge for St George against Petone.
St George rugby league players Nashua Tatupu, 12, Colin Sharrock, 15, and Wefo Temoananui, 9, listen to their coach, Ta’au Savaiinaea, at halftime of their premier match against Petone at McEwan Park on Saturday. St George won 38-30.
St George fullback Khaylan Huriwai-Teleaga bursts through the Petone defence.