St Ge­orge climb­ing the ta­ble

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Ta’au Savai­inaea and his team are in rare ter­ri­tory.

The St Ge­orge Dragons coach was a happy man fol­low­ing his side’s ex­cel­lent 34-18 win over Up­per Hutt at Can­nons Creek Park in Welling­ton pre­mier rugby league on Satur­day.

It’s the Dragons’ se­cond suc­ces­sive win, lift­ing them to fifth in the ta­ble.

De­spite heavy early losses to Wainuiomata, Rand­wick and Whiti Te Ra, Savai­inaea still had faith his young team would come good.

‘‘We started this sea­son not even know­ing if we’d field a team, so to be where we are is good,’’ he said.

‘‘The way we beat Up­per Hutt shows how far we’ve come. The self-be­lief is there, we’re get­ting good things hap­pen­ing off the field too, and there’s a nice buzz around St Ge­orge.

‘‘But we’re not get­ting car­ried away and Te Aroha is the acid test for us this Satur­day.’’

Savai­inaea’s op­po­site at the Porirua Vik­ings, Matt Kil­gour, is in a much tougher po­si­tion.

Rooted to the bot­tom of the ta­ble af­ter just one win in four matches, Kil­gour’s team is still aim­ing to make the top five for the play­offs.

The Vik­ings are strug­gling for num­bers – they have just one se­nior team – and have in­juries, so it’s been an up­hill slog.

The 80-4 loss to Wainuiomata on Satur­day at Wise Park was hard to bear, Kil­gour said.

‘‘Play­ers are out of po­si­tion be­cause of a lack of per­son­nel and we lose shape of­ten – it’s a weekly bat­tle,’’ he said.

‘‘The com­mit­ment is there, but we have lost ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers and our de­fence needs to im­prove.’’

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