Pa­cific Sharks into Waicoa fi­nal

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - AARON GOILE

The Pa­cific Sharks and Hamil­ton City Tiger will con­test the Waicoa Bay club rugby league fi­nal this week­end af­ter win­ning their home semi­fi­nals on Satur­day.

Top qual­i­fiers, the Tigers, eased to a 22-8 win over the Otu­moetai Eels, at Resthills Park, where this week­end’s fi­nal will be staged, while the sec­ond-placed Sharks were made to work harder, scrap­ing to a 10-8 win over Tani­wha­rau at Me­mo­rial Park in Toko­roa.

The Sharks opened the scor­ing

‘‘The sec­ond­placed Sharks were made to work hard.’’

through Vic­tor Karora-reu, be­fore Tani­wha­rau, with a strong wind at their back, re­sponded through Jason Watkins, with Te Rang­inui Taoho’s con­ver­sion and penalty giv­ing the visi­tors an 8-4 lead.

How­ever, Vin­nie Morunga crossed for the Sharks late in the first spell, to make it 8-8 at half­time, then the hosts man­aged the only points of the sec­ond stanza, with a strip penalty around 12 min­utes from full­time see­ing Kale Po­mare kick the ul­ti­mately gamedefin­ing points.

Mean­while, the un­beaten Tigers showed their tough streak in their semi, com­ing from be­hind, hold­ing strong on de­fence, then smartly tak­ing their op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Sharks 10 (Vic­tor Karora-reu, Vin­nie Morunga tries; Kale Po­mare goal).

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