Eels andWhiti Te Ra in final
Te Aroha will play Whiti Te Ra in this week’s Wellington club rugby league grand final after beating Randwick in the rain on Saturday.
Although far from perfect in the big wet, the 28-10 win to the Eels now means they will bid to capture back-to-back Wellington titles.
Te Aroha collected the first two tries before the Kingfishers flew back to be trailing 10-6 after the opening 10 minutes of the game.
The Eels soon picked themselves back up again to revel in the slippery conditions as the blue and golds gave away too many turnovers early in the tackle count to hand Te Aroha a wealth of the possession.
After being tested in the first quarter, Te Aroha grew in confidence for the remainder of the half and through some fine sliding defence which shut out some counter attacks, the Eels led 22-6 at halftime.
The second spell resulted in both sides scoring a try each, before Randwick simply ran out of time, options and patience.
Te Aroha coach Rangi Luke was philosophical.
‘‘Although the score suggests that we won easily, I always knew it was never going to be an easy game and so now we need to regroup one more time this week and start to prepare for against a side that has been on a roll from the very first round of the season.’’