Rugby League kicks off a new season
Story by: - Photo by: Barry Whitnall - Shuttersport
The new season gets underway at Tahuna in ideal conditions: Wet
Tasman Rugby League's 2012 Smokefree Bin Inn Cup got off to a soggy start at the Tahunanui playing fields on Saturday, with three consecutive matches played in damp conditions.
Two-time defending champions Stoke Cobras got their campaign off to the perfect start, getting past the Wanderers Wolves 32-10.
The Wolves have picked up three players from Motueka who represented the Tasman Titans last season, and will only get stronger as the season progresses.
The Blenheim-based Wairau Taniwha held off the challenge of the Victory Vikings 34-26, the latter putting up a remarkable effort despite being short of numbers.
The most eye-catching result of the day went to the newly established Richmond Rabbits, who were far too strong for the Tahunanui Tigers.
They took the win 48-16.
Rhe next round sees Stoke take on Tahuna at Tahunanui, Wanderers host Victory in Brightwater, and Richmond travel to Blenheim to take on Wairau.
Wairau Taniwha 34 vs Victory Vikings 26
Richmond Rabbits 48 vs Tahunanui Tigers 16