Porirua sides kick off sea­son in style

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

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.

Pho­tos: PETER MCDON­ALD

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.

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