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

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