Rugby Cliffhanger at Porirua Park This Saturday

Wellington host Tasman in a Mitre 10 Cup rugby match this Saturday at Porirua Park (2.05pm kickoff) in a game both sides are desperate to win.

It’s a repeat of last year’s final and both teams need the competition points.

Both sides need points

The match will a local feel, with crowds grouped around the fences, close to the action.

Porirua Mayor Anita Baker praised the work being put in to bring the Lions to Porirua.”We have the only Lions game outside Sky Stadium this season, so this is a big deal for the city,” she says.

The Council’s Parks mowing team of eight are giving the ground lots of attention this week, including double cuts, liquid fertiliser, and re-doing the field markings. And at least three of the Parks staff will be on hand on game day.

‘Fantastic to have Cup match’

“We were meant to have Wales and South Africa training here — that’s not happening, but it’s fantastic to have the Mitre 10 Cup match,” says Porirua City Turf Manager Tim Bargh .

“It’s a great chance for us to prove we can have matches like this — Porirua Park is a rugby ground and we just have to make it all work.”

The Council’s Events team, meanwhile, have worked closely with Wellington Rugby Union to bring the match to Porirua.

About 10 staff have been engaged to do the work behind the scenes in the past eight weeks, and on game day.

“It’s outdoors and there’s ticketing, food and alcohol, accessibility, health and safety — that all has to be managed to ensure people get the most out of the day,” says events manager Helen Brookes says.

“We have the only Lions game outside Sky Stadium this season, so this is a big deal for the city,” she says.”There’s a lot of work behind the scenes that we need to appreciate and I’m sure it’ll be a day for many, many people to enjoy.”

-Porirua Park has had a huge winter 38 rugby games across a number of levels were played on Porirua Park.

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