Pridewin opener

Kapiti Observer - - CLASSIFIED - HAMISH BIDWELL

The big tests are still to come for the Welling­ton Pride.

Credit to them for beat­ing Hawke’s Bay 42-10, in their Farah Palmer Cup opener at Porirua Park on Satur­day, but bet­ter teams than the Tuis will de­ter­mine whether Welling­ton achieve their stated aim.

‘‘We haven’t spent a lot of time set­ting goals [but] the goal is to win. I would like to hope semifinal and once you get to the semi­fi­nals any­thing can hap­pen,’’ new Pride coach Ross Bond said.

‘‘We’re not the big­gest side in the world; we’re very mo­bile in the locks and loosie area and try­ing to play an up­tempo, wide game and come away with it in the last 15, 20 [min­utes], which we did against Hawke’s Bay.

‘‘There’s still a bit of fit­ness work to do but, from the first pre­sea­son game three weeks ago to this one, there’s been a marked im­prove­ment,’’ Bond said.

Loose for­ward Kiri Mei was strong for Welling­ton, as was her Wainuiomata club­mate Jackie Patea-Fereti, full­back Rei­jeli Uluinayau and wing Aye­sha Letil’iga.

Next up for the vic­tors is Manawatu at the Pe­tone Re­cre­ation Ground.

(Kiri Mei 2, Rei­jeli Uluinayau 2, Aye­sha Letil’iga, An­gel­ica Uila, Ray­lene Lolo tries; Aca­cia Te Iwi­mate 2 con, pen) (Shaylee Tipi­wai try; Amy Wil­liams con, pen). HT: 13-10.

Welling­ton 42 Hawke’s Bay 10

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