General 2015 Warriors U20 NYC Thread

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goku

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I went to watch the U20's trial at Otahuhu this past saturday that NSW cup team they payed against was filled with nobody's but the game was fun and the collisions were pretty massive.

i thought abbey would rip up but didn't do much on attack, his defense a little better made a few try saving tackles on props.
Bunty is looking very fit. looks like he could have played a full 80. His defense was solid especially against men, he held his own.
the hooker that played for the u20's looked to go alright as well.

this week with Sipley, Love-Henry, Ata and Roache back they might look a little bit more fluid with their attack
 

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How old is love henry? ( crack up name haha )
Never really noticed him before but thought he was pretty solid in the titans trial.
Big unit.
 

slaughterhouse.sa

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How old is love henry? ( crack up name haha )
Never really noticed him before but thought he was pretty solid in the titans trial.
Big unit.

Probably a bit small at the moment I reckon.
Tall but too skinny at the moment.

Went OK in Fox but not that great but should be a big year for him.
 
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Would u care to name a likely 17 slaughterhouse? Assuming none of them were to play nswarriors.
Seems like a lot of last years forward pack are eligible again this year.
 

slaughterhouse.sa

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Would u care to name a likely 17 slaughterhouse? Assuming none of them were to play nswarriors.
Seems like a lot of last years forward pack are eligible again this year.

Total guestimation on names alone based on the listed names before - not idea re: training, fitnees or form.
Thinking about heading out to Glenora for that Tipene Day to see them play to see.

I assume they have triallists because they need depth in NYC most squads go through heaps of numbers.

Based on an more experienced Round one team. But I imagine some youngsters might put their hand up.

I dont think many of these would make the NSW Cup side yet. Better senior alternatives for now.

1. Brad Abbey
2. Paul Ulberg
3. Marata Niukore
4. Isiah Tetevano (little brother of Zane from down the line)
5. Tomasi Aoake or Tautii (the big hitter)
6. Erin Clark
7, Ata Hingano
8, Bunty Afoa
9. Sheldon Pitama (dont know much about him - but a genuine hooker I assume)
10. Tof Sipley
11. Mattiu Love-Henry
12. Ofa Ogden
13. Jazz Tevaga

14. Nathaniel Roache
15. Roman Tuhimata
16. Paul Tuli
17. Joseph Price / Mattais Heimuli
18. Tamati Ioane-Niko
 

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Total guestimation on names alone based on the listed names before - not idea re: training, fitnees or form.
Thinking about heading out to Glenora for that Tipene Day to see them play to see.

I assume they have triallists because they need depth in NYC most squads go through heaps of numbers.

Based on an more experienced Round one team. But I imagine some youngsters might put their hand up.

I dont think many of these would make the NSW Cup side yet. Better senior alternatives for now.

1. Brad Abbey
2. Paul Ulberg
3. Marata Niukore
4. Isiah Tetevano (little brother of Zane from down the line)
5. Tomasi Aoake or Tautii (the big hitter)
6. Erin Clark
7, Ata Hingano
8, Bunty Afoa
9. Sheldon Pitama (dont know much about him - but a genuine hooker I assume)
10. Tof Sipley
11. Mattiu Love-Henry
12. Ofa Ogden
13. Jazz Tevaga

14. Nathaniel Roache
15. Roman Tuhimata
16. Paul Tuli
17. Joseph Price / Mattais Heimuli
18. Tamati Ioane-Niko

That's a pretty scary pack- could see them dominating.
The halves are interesting- I would've thought it would be the other way round? Hingano at 6, Clarke 7?
 
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ramraider78

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How old is love henry? ( crack up name haha )
Never really noticed him before but thought he was pretty solid in the titans trial.
Big unit.
Nah he hasn't filled out yet - his 3 rd year with 20's this year, he has to step up.

Total guestimation on names alone based on the listed names before - not idea re: training, fitnees or form.
Thinking about heading out to Glenora for that Tipene Day to see them play to see.

I assume they have triallists because they need depth in NYC most squads go through heaps of numbers.

Based on an more experienced Round one team. But I imagine some youngsters might put their hand up.

I dont think many of these would make the NSW Cup side yet. Better senior alternatives for now.

1. Brad Abbey
2. Paul Ulberg
3. Marata Niukore
4. Isiah Tetevano (little brother of Zane from down the line)
5. Tomasi Aoake or Tautii (the big hitter)
6. Erin Clark
7, Ata Hingano
8, Bunty Afoa
9. Sheldon Pitama (dont know much about him - but a genuine hooker I assume)
10. Tof Sipley
11. Mattiu Love-Henry
12. Ofa Ogden
13. Jazz Tevaga

14. Nathaniel Roache
15. Roman Tuhimata
16. Paul Tuli
17. Joseph Price / Mattais Heimuli
18. Tamati Ioane-Niko

That's pretty much the best available 20's around at the moment - still not sold on a few of those players from what i have seen first hand; it will be interesting to see what development Wright can do with a of those players mentioned above.

That is a very strong propping rotation IMO size an pace there. Props should run well off Clark this season;He puts the big boys in the right holes from the games I've been at and tackles well - a niggler in the making lol. I'm still not sold on Hingano TBH but he is young,time will tell.

Hoping Tamati Ioane - Niko gets a run this season, I rate this kid highly for the future.
 

slaughterhouse.sa

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Nah he hasn't filled out yet - his 3 rd year with 20's this year, he has to step up.

That's pretty much the best available 20's around at the moment - still not sold on a few of those players from what i have seen first hand; it will be interesting to see what development Wright can do with a of those players mentioned above.

That is a very strong propping rotation IMO size an pace there. Props should run well off Clark this season;He puts the big boys in the right holes from the games I've been at and tackles well - a niggler in the making lol. I'm still not sold on Hingano TBH but he is young,time will tell.

Hoping Tamati Ioane - Niko gets a run this season, I rate this kid highly for the future.

Yeah agreed it always good to put the young boys in perspective.
There are at times better players at Fox Level imo. Sometimes these guys benefit from extra exposure.

You see them become FG'ers yet you have seen them schooled at Fox level.

Ioane-Niko will have to be blooded he has too much long term potenital.

Yeah I have a feeling that Clark could be a long term half or hooker soloution long term.
 
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ramraider78

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Watched the NSW cup team vs the 20's today at Glenora - Disappointed with the 20's, no struture out there and the forwards were just bashing it up the middle. Frustrating watching the 20's halves cause they didn't control the attack - I was close enough that they weren't talking out there,which they should be able to do if they have made it to that level IMO not enough chatter , 1 set I counted 4 backs hit it up then a nothing kick or 4 forwards up the middle, no 2nd phase. The 20's forward pack does look good IMO there's some size there for this season one positive from that game - Sipley was my pick TBH as best prop for 20's, had some decent run's and didn't get caught out on defense. At least its pre season, so wright will have time to work on his halves combo and back line.

NSW Cup team looks good IMO heaps of NYC graduates amongst them plus a few Fox players. Jonathan Wright was quite , just going through the motions TBH I expected more with a player of that quality
 

mt.wellington

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Watched the NSW cup team vs the 20's today at Glenora - Disappointed with the 20's, no struture out there and the forwards were just bashing it up the middle. Frustrating watching the 20's halves cause they didn't control the attack - I was close enough that they weren't talking out there,which they should be able to do if they have made it to that level IMO not enough chatter , 1 set I counted 4 backs hit it up then a nothing kick or 4 forwards up the middle, no 2nd phase. The 20's forward pack does look good IMO there's some size there for this season one positive from that game - Sipley was my pick TBH as best prop for 20's, had some decent run's and didn't get caught out on defense. At least its pre season, so wright will have time to work on his halves combo and back line.

NSW Cup team looks good IMO heaps of NYC graduates amongst them plus a few Fox players. Jonathan Wright was quite , just going through the motions TBH I expected more with a player of that quality
Share the exact same thoughts. They were going hard enough that it wasnt just a warm up type game. Your right about the halves. Was it Erin Clark and Ata Hingano? They got a long way to go yet. Even though the majority of the game was played through the middle with one off runs I was impressed with the U20 forwards. The club will have an embarrassment of riches if we keep developing the likes of Pauli Tuli and Toafofoa Sipley.

Was impressed with Viliami Kaveinga. Super busy and shone out there amongst the others. Such a shame about his constant injuries. Also liked Sam Cook who did well controlling his side and making opportunities.

Agree about Jonathan Wright and even Dominique Peyroux. All that experience and they did the bare minimum.

How about Nathaniel Peteru? Man that guy has bulked up big time. Shame he doesnt use that size and strength to his advantage. Should really be rag dolling players out there TBH. Got all the physical build. Just missing aggression.

Loved seeing the Warriors development team. Those youngsters came from all over the country. Liked the look of the young hooker Phoenix Hunt. Also the number 11 Eddie Wulf.

Good day for footy and awesome turn out for Luke Tipene RIP...
 
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Penpal

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Sheldon has been signed with the storm for a good few years but stayed in North Canterbury. He moved over there (I think) at the start of last season (it may have been two years) but I know he got a few games in NYC for Storm last year but I think had an injury and didn't really crack a regular spot. Not sure why he came back or wasn't resigned or whatever.
Very promising player who has been in all the NZ age group teams going through the grades. Will be very interesting to see how he progresses but have always thought he could be a regular first grader without being the next big thing... time will tell.
 
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VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS


Hunter Stadium, Newcastle

12.00pm, Saturday, March 07



VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS

1 BRAD ABBEY

2 TOMAS AOAKE

3 MARATA NIUKORE

4 SEMISI TYRELL

5 PAUL ULBERG

6 ATA HINGANO

7 ERIN CLARK

8 BUNTY AFOA

9 NATHANIEL ROACHE (c)

10 TOAFOFOA SIPLEY

11 OFAHIKI OGDEN

12 MATIU LOVE-HENRY

13 JAZZ TEVAGA

Interchange:

14 PAUL TULI

15 TUALIMA TUALIMA

16 TAMATI IOANE-NIKO

17 ISAIAH COOPER-TETEVANO

18 SHELDON PITAMA


Watch the bench, there is some quality there Ioane - Niko I rate the same as Tuli but whatever Tualima did over the pre season worked I never seen this kid that big from previous years - Looking forward to seeing how this forward pack goes.
 

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Good to see Roache named hooker and captain, assume that means they are gonna try and make him a specialist and not a utility?
 
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InsideBall

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I'd love to see them develop Roache as a pure hooker - he was pretty excellent in the GF last year when Robinson went down... And frankly there's just too much competition in the backs: between Shaun Johnson, Tui, Abbey, Kata, Konnie, Fish, Fusitua, Ngani, Maumalo, etc etc... There's just too many bodies there, so it makes perfect sense to develop him as a hooker. Awesome athlete, and seems to have a really, really good attitude. Could see him take over the bench role next year, with perhaps an eye to starting a year or two after.
 

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Thats a really good team. I would expect that forward pack to bully some teams. Might be the best balanced side 1-17 we have run out at the start of a season. Big forwards, talented young spine and some serious finishing ability in the outside backs.
 

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NYC ROUND #2 | v Canberra Raiders
Tue 10th March, 04:45PM
Vodafone Junior Warriors coach Kelvin Wright has named an unchanged starting line-up but has made some changes to the bench for the club’s round two NYC encounter with the Raiders at GIO Stadium in Canberra on Sunday (4.15pm kick-off local time; 6.15pm NZT).

The run-on side last week included only one NYC debutant – halfback Erin Clark – while three on the bench (Tualima Tualima, Tamati Ioane-Niko and Isaiah Cooper-Tetevano) were making their first appearances in the competition.

Of the quartet only Cooper-Tetevano remains on a six-man bench named today.

Hooker Sheldon Pitama, who played five times for Melbourne’s NYC side last year, is set to play for the Vodafone Junior Warriors for the first time after being 18th man in Newcastle. Also chosen is the hard-hitting Wesley Tauti – used three times last year – and Joseph Price (one game last year) along with new faces Amoni Tufui and Roman Tuhimata.

The Vodafone Junior Warriors are coming off a performance which saw them hang in with the Knights for a long passage of last week’s contest. They were locked at 16-16 at halftime and, after conceding a try early in the second half, were just 16-22 adrift for much of the spell until the home side scored three tries inside the last 14 minutes to win 41-16.

In contrast the Raiders opened their 2015 account with a 34-32 victory over Cronulla.

In their two meetings last year the eventual premiership-winning Vodafone Junior Warriors knocked up 54 points both times, triumphing 54-0 at Eden Park and 54-6 at GIO Stadium (their first victory in Canberra).



VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v CANBERRA RAIDERS

GIO Stadium, Canberra

4.15pm, Sunday, March 15

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS

1 BRAD ABBEY

2 TOMAS AOAKE

3 MARATA NIUKORE

4 SEMISI TYRELL

5 PAUL ULBERG

6 ATA HINGANO

7 ERIN CLARK

8 BUNTY AFOA

9 NATHANIEL ROACHE (c)

10 TOAFOFOA SIPLEY

11 OFAHIKI OGDEN

12 MATIU LOVE-HENRY

13 JAZZ TEVAGA

Interchange:

14 SHELDON PITAMA

15 AMONI TUFUI

16 WESLEY TAUTI

17 ISAIAH COOPER-TETEVANO

18 JOSEPH PRICE

20 ROMAN TUHIMATA

COACH: KELVIN WRIGHT

https://www.warriors.co.nz/news/201...nber.html?mc_cid=cb9e82249b&mc_eid=5f7b8e9fa2
 
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NYC ROUND #3 | Sipley returns
Tue 17th March, 11:55PM


Prop Toafofoa Sipley’s return from a one-game absence is the only change for the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ third-round NYC clash against the Parramatta Eels at Mount Smart Stadium on Saturday (12.45pm kick-off).

Sipley, the side’s most experienced player, is named to start with Amoni Tufui, outstanding as his replacement last week, listed on the interchange.

The swap results in outside back Wesley Tauti being moved out of the squad this week.

Otherwise the line-up is the same as the one which put on eight tries in defeating Canberra 44-24 on Sunday for its first win of the season.

Sheldon Pitama will again start at hooker after his superb display in his first outing for the club while captain Nathaniel Roache is in the centres where he started against the Raiders.

Teamed in the halves once more are standoff Ata Hingano – who turned 18 just a week ago – and 17-year-old halfback Erin Clark; Clark scored his first NYC try in his second appearance last week while Hingano supplied 16 points with a try and six conversions.

Also profiting against Canberra was prop Bunty Afoa, who scored two second half tries (both running off Clark), played 70 minutes and made a game-high 17 runs, gained 149 metres and came up with 28 tackles.

Pitama was another to impress with his sharp work out of dummy half, producing a try, two line breaks, a line break assist and two try assists as well as 23 tackles.

The last time the Vodafone Junior Warriors met the Eels they snatched a last-minute try to advance to the 2014 NYC grand final.

Both sides have started in a similar fashion this season, the Eels following up a heavy loss to Manly with a 30-10 win over the Bulldogs while the Vodafone Junior Warriors also recovered from a big first-round defeat to blow Canberra away 44-24.

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v PARRAMATTA EELS

Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

12.45pm, Saturday, March 21


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS

1 BRAD ABBEY

2 TOMAS AOAKE

3 NATHANIEL ROACHE (c)

4 SEMISI TYRELL

5 PAUL ULBERG

6 ATA HINGANO

7 ERIN CLARK

8 BUNTY AFOA

9 SHELDON PITAMA

10 TOAFOFOA SIPLEY

11 MARATA NIUKORE

12 MATIU LOVE-HENRY

13 JAZZ TEVAGA

Interchange:

14 OFAHIKI OGDEN

15 AMONI TUFUI

16 ROMAN TUHIMATA

17 ISAIAH COOPER-TETEVANO

18 LEWIS SOOSEMEA

COACH: KELVIN WRIGHT

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2015/03/17/nyc_round_3_sipley_r.html
 
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