Pacific Sharks into Waicoa final
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).