Valley strike it rich
VALLEY may have found a gold mine in Mark Solomon, a powerfully built New Zealander who made his First Division rugby union debut last night against Club Dragons.
Built more on the lines of a forward than the three-quarter he is, Solomon scored a hat-trick of tries in Valley's 44-10 victory at Happy Valley.
Solomon, a former North Harbour Colts and New Zealand Colts trialist, came on as a replacement for Jamie McKee midway through the second half. By that time, the Dragons had run out of fire, and were only putting up token resistance.
In the first half, Valley struggled trailing 0-5 for 35 minutes, before scoring two tries to take a shaky 10-5 lead at the break. They scored six more in the second half.
Matched by the Dragons pack in the first half, the Valley forwards lifted their game noticeably in the second half to assure plenty of good possession - which was used well.
And Solomon, playing on the right wing, had the simple task of dotting down three times. He had it easy yesterday, but he still looks the part and could play a big role in Valley's season.