Dragons overcome Vikings in derby
St George Dragons coach Ta’au Savaiinaea says it’s too early to talk of a power shift in Porirua rugby league.
His premier side saw off Porirua Vikings 34-22 at Cannons Creek Park on Saturday in an entertaining match.
It was the first derby win for the Dragons in four years, and was built on strong forward play, excellent work from the halves and energy from the backline.
The game was won in the first half as the home side eased to a 26-10 lead by the turnaround.
Savaiinaea said it was a satisfying win, even if his side dropped off in the second spell.
‘‘"I would’ve preferred more structure from our guys, especially in the second half, where we lost our way and the decision-making wasn’t the best,’’ he said.
‘‘But I was happy with our tackling and attack and the selfbelief is there among our team and the club.’’
The team was impressive as a whole, he said, but standouts were prop Olly Seumanufagai and standoff Bradley Moafanua.
He said the win didn’t mean St George were the best club in Porirua.
‘‘It’s too early to be saying that. We’re getting a team in the reserve grade, which is a great step, and things are going well.’’
The Vikings are bottom of the table and the Dragons are fifth.
St George’s Samitoa Tuifao looks to evade tacklers during his side’s win over Porirua Vikings on Saturday. Photo: PETER MCDONALD