General 2016 Warriors U20 NYC Grade

Pete

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Oct 3, 2012
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I wonder if its good to have the young guys confidence wrecked by thrashings. Maybe better to keep them in their club teams where they can develop their skills and build their confidence. You don't stick the heavyweight prospects against the top boxers to get smashed up. You build them up. Is the under 20s still getting axed next year?
 

mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
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Superb defence behind NYC win
Richard Becht
Sun 22nd May, 01:20PM
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CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA. NRL Holden Cup, Juniors U20's. Warriors v Sea Eagles. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 9 April 2016. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz

An inspirational defensive performance was the catalyst for the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ impressive 20-4 win over Canberra in their 11th-round NYC clash at Mount Smart Stadium #2 today.

While they scored four tries to one, it was the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ resolute goal-line defence and scramble that set up the victory.

Both sides were coming off heavy back-to-back defeats to the same sides in the last two rounds.

The home side had lost 0-50 to St George Illawarra and 10-74 to Penrith while the Raiders had gone down 10-74 to the Panthers and 6-44 to the Dragons. The focus for both sides was obviously on making marked improvements in their defence.

The home side was on the board inside the opening 10 minutes when right wing Lewis Soosemea was put over in the corner, the try not converted.

Midway through the spell the Vodafone Junior Warriors hit their right edge again, big centre Marata Niukore taking defenders with him as he powered across. Kane Telea faced another testing conversion attempt from wide out on the right but judged the blustery wind beautifully to take the lead out to 10-0.

Both sides had would-be tries called back for forward passes, the second of them close to halftime denying the Vodafone Junior Warriors the chance to stretch out to a 16-0 lead.

The feature of their first half effort, though, had been their defensive effort, especially on their own line as they worked cohesively to stop the Raiders time and again. Whether Canberra went up the middle or through its edges, the Vodafone Junior Warriors kept turning up to keep their line intact.

Playing into the wind in the second half, they again faced a rigorous defensive assignment against a big Canberra side.

They maintained their first half standards exceptionally well the Raiders unable to find a way through despite dominating field position.

Ultimately their only try came through an angled grubber kick in behind the defensive line with wing Kody Parsons chasing it down for the four-pointer.

With a now slender 10-4 lead, the Vodafone Junior Warriors were in a delicately-balanced position but they still had their defence working as they defused and stopped numerous assaults.

After doing so once again they then converted the defensive success into points by constructing a superb set which took them the length of the field before eventually finishing with Niukore’s second try.

With 10 minutes left they had a 10-point buffer and then finished the job when left wing Junior Pauga stepped through to score wide out.

Match details | Mount Smart Stadium #2, Auckland

Vodafone Junior Warriors 20 (Marata Niukore 2, Lewis Soosemea, Junior Pauga tries; Kane Telea 2 conversions).

Canberra Raiders 4 (Kody Parsons try).

Halftime: 10-0 Vodafone Junior Warriors.

Referee: Liam Nicholls.

Vodafone Junior Warriors | Kane Telea; Lewis Soosemea, Matt Faitiotoa, Marata Niukore, Junior Pauga; Erin Clark, Chanel Harris-Tavita; Bunty Afoa, Sheldon Pitama (c), Kenese Kenese; Ofahiki Ogden, Joseph Price; Chris Sio. Interchange: Mattais Heimuli, Joseph Vuna, Jerome Mamea, Cyrus Timo-Latu.

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/05/22/superb_defence_behin.af_news.html
 
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mt.wellington

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ROUND 12

BYE

ROUND 13

NYC LATE MAIL | v Brisbane Broncos
Sat 4th June, 12:00PM
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Erin Clark lines up in the halves again for the Vodafone Junior Warriors' clash against Brisbane. Image | www.photosport.nz

The Vodafone Junior Warriors will take the field as selected for their 13th-round NYC match against Brisbane at Mount Smart Stadium today (12.40pm kick-off).

The Vodafone Junior Warriors and the Broncos go into the match on 10 points each, the home side 12th on points for and against, the Broncos ninth.

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v BRISBANE BRONCOS
Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
12.40pm, Saturday, June 4


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS
1 KANE TELEA
2 LEWIS SOOSEMEA
3 JUNIOR PAUGA
4 MARATA NIUKORE
5 MATT FAITOTOA
6 ERIN CLARK
7 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA
8 BUNTY AFOA
9 SHELDON PITAMA (c)
10 KENESE KENESE
11 OFAHIKI OGDEN
12 JOSEPH PRICE
13 CHRIS SIO

14 KEANU DAWSON
15 JOSEPH VUNA
16 JEROME MAMEA
17 CYRUS TIMO-LATU

COACH | KELVIN WRIGHT

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/06/04/nyc_line_up_confirme.af_info_nyc-news.html

Final score: Vodafone Warriors 22, Brisbane 34

ROUND 14

NYC LATE MAIL | v Newcastle
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Sat 11th June, 12:34PM
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Bunty Afoa. NRL Holden Cup, Juniors U20s. Warriors v Broncos. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 4 June 2016. © Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz

The Vodafone Junior Warriors will take the field as selected for their 14th-round NYC match against Newcastle at Hunter Stadium today (12.40pm kick-off).

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Hunter Stadium, Newcastle
10.40am, Saturday, June 11


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS
1 KANE TELEA
2 LEWIS SOOSEMEA
3 JUNIOR PAUGA
4 MARATA NIUKORE
5 MATT FAITOTOA
6 ERIN CLARK
7 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA
8 BUNTY AFOA
9 SHELDON PITAMA (c)
10 KENESE KENESE
11 OFAHIKI OGDEN
12 JOSEPH PRICE
13 CHRIS SIO

14 TYLER MOHI
15 JOSEPH VUNA
16 KEANU DAWSON
17 CYRUS TIMO-LATU

COACH | KELVIN WRIGHT

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/06/11/nyc_late_mail_v_newc.af_info_nyc-news.html

Narrow loss for Vodafone Junior Warriors
Richard Becht | Image: www.photosport.nz
Sat 11th June, 03:39PM
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Fullback Kane Telea kicked three from three in the Vodafone Junior Warriors' narrow loss to Newcastle. Image | www.photosport.nz

Third quarter setbacks hurt the Vodafone Junior Warriors for the second week running as they fell to a tough 18-24 loss to the higher-ranked Newcastle Knights in today’s 14th-round NYC clash at Hunter Stadium.

A week ago they started the second half just 10-12 down but conceded two tries in the third quarter to fall behind 10-24 before losing 22-34.

Much the same happened again at Hunter Stadium today.

The Vodafone Junior Warriors were 12-6 ahead after a strong first half performance only for the Knights to cross in the 45th, 56th and 60th minutes to take them out to a 24-12 advantage.

Despite the lapses, there was ample time left for the Kelvin Wright-coached side to come back. While they created plenty of openings they couldn’t quite finish their work until an Erin Clark kick was brilliantly taken by wing Lewis Soosemea for his second try.

On a day when both goal-kickers were superb, fullback Kane Telea converted from the sideline to bring his side back to 18-24 with seven minutes left.

Back came the Vodafone Junior Warriors striving to at least level the contest up but they were ultimately beaten by the clock, left to rue the three unanswered tries they yielded after halftime.

Earlier Soosemea had opened the scoring in the 11th minute, hauling in a Clark bomb to the right after a Matt Faitotoa break.

In the 34th minute centre Marata Niukore used his big frame to run through defenders, reaching out to plant the ball for the halftime lead.

Throughout the contest the Vodafone Junior Warriors were able to make metres almost at will – almost 1700 in total – with five of the backs making more than 100 metres and breaking tackles effortlessly. Up front Bunty Afoa was again outstanding with 177 metres from 15 tackles as well as an astounding 46 tackles.

Match details | Hunter Stadium, Newcastle

Newcastle Knights 24 (Jake McNamara, Heath Gibbs, Tom Starling, Jayden Butterfield tries; Jake McNamara 4 conversions).

Vodafone Junior Warriors 18 (Lewis Soosemea 2, Marata Niukore tries; Kane Telea 3 conversions).

Halftime: 12-6 Vodafone Warriors.

Referee: Peter Gough and Drew Oultram.

Vodafone Junior Warriors | Kane Telea; Lewis Soosemea, Junior Pauga, Marata Niukore, Matt Faitiotoa; Erin Clark, Chanel Harris-Tavita; Bunty Afoa, Sheldon Pitama (c), Kenese Kenese; Ofahiki Ogden, Joseph Price; Chris Sio. Interchange: Tyler Mohi, Joseph Vuna, Keanu Dawson, Cyrus Timo-Latu.

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/06/11/narrow_loss_for_voda.af_info_nyc-news.html

ROUND 15

NYC LATE MAIL v Sydney Roosters
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Sun 19th June, 02:39PM
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Chris Sio switches from the back row to a starting front rower for the Vodafone Junior Warriors against the Roosters today. Image | www.photosport.nz

Vodafone Junior Warriors coach Kelvin Wright has been forced to shuffle his side for today’s 15th-round NYC match against the Sydney Roosters at Mount Smart Stadium (3.45pm kick-off).

Eiden Ackland has been brought in to start at standoff with Erin Clark switching to loose forward.

Chris Sio moves to start at prop, Mattais Heimuli goes to the bench and Joseph Vuna is in the second row replacing Marata Niukore, who turned out for the club’s ISP side yesterday.

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
3.45pm, Sunday, June 19

Referees: Chris Butler and Kasey Badger


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS
1 KANE TELEA
2 LEWIS SOOSEMEA
3 JUNIOR PAUGA
4 ALFRED SMALLEY
5 MATT FAITOTOA
18 EIDEN ACKLAND
7 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA
8 KENESE KENESE
9 SHELDON PITAMA (c)
13 CHRIS SIO
16 JOSEPH VUNA
12 JOSEPH PRICE
6 ERIN CLARK

10 MATTAIS HEIMULI
14 TYLER MOHI
15 JEROME MAMEA
17 CYRUS TIMO-LATU

COACH | KELVIN WRIGHT

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/06/19/nyc_late_mail_v_sydn.af_info_nyc-news.html

Best NYC display of the season
Richard Becht | Image: www.photosport.nz
Sun 19th June, 06:08PM
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Eiden Ackland, left celebrates a try for the Warriors with team mates during the Holden Cup Warriors v Roosters at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand on Sunday, 19 June 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. © Copyright Photo: Fiona Goodall / www.photosport.nz

Spearheaded by standoff Eiden Ackland’s stunning hat-trick, the Vodafone Junior Warriors produced their best display of the year in beating the sixth-placed Sydney Roosters 40-20 in today’s 15th-round NYC encounter at Mount Smart Stadium.

Ackland was a late replacement, coming into a reshuffled side after experienced second rower-centre Marata Niukore had been called into the club’s Intrust Super Premiership side for yesterday's match against Newtown in Sydney.

Ackland, the son of former Vodafone Junior Warriors coach John Ackland, was brought into the halves with regular standoff Erin Clark moved to loose forward.

Coach Kelvin Wright was also without his two most experienced forwards prop Bunty Afoa and second rower Ofahiki Ogden who had been selected in the ISP side earlier in the week.

It left the Vodafone Junior Warriors with a small pack compared to their massive opponents but they were anything but deterred as they delivered an up-tempo performance to race to a decisive win. The margin would have been even more clear-cut but for two late Roosters tries reducing the score-line from 40-10 to 40-20.

After conceding an early try, the Vodafone Junior Warriors struck with the first two of Ackland’s tries to take a 12-10 lead into the break.

They stepped up to another level in the second half.

In the 42nd minute left wing Matt Faitotoa spectacularly plucked a Chanel Harris-Tavita Crossfield bomb for a superb try.

Playing with intensity and accuracy, the Vodafone Junior Warriors struck again seven minutes later through Chris Sio and then Clark in the 56th minute to jump to a 28-10 lead.

With a Junior Pauga touchdown and the enthusiastic Ackland’s third the home side charged to an impressive 40-10 advantage with more than 10 minutes still to play.

While the defence faltered to allow the Roosters two tries, the victory and the nature of it was a huge fillip for Vodafone Junior Warriors following losses in their last two outings against Brisbane and Newcastle.

MATCH DETAILS
Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

Vodafone Junior Warriors 40 (Eiden Ackland 3, Matt Faitotoa, Chris Sio, Erin Clark, Junior Pauga tries; Kane Telea 6 conversions).

Sydney Roosters 20 (Kiah Cooper, Ryan King, Bernard Lewis, Bradley Mullins tries; Ryan King 2 conversions).

Halftime: 12-10 Vodafone Junior Warriors.

Referees: Chris Butler and Kasey Badger.

Vodafone Junior Warriors | Kane Telea; Lewis Soosemea, Junior Pauga, Alfred Smalley, Matt Faitiotoa; Eiden Ackland, Chanel Harris-Tavita; Kenese Kenese, Sheldon Pitama (c), Chris Sio; Joseph Vuna, Joseph Price; Erin Clark. Interchange: Mattais Heimuli, Tyler Mohi, Jerome Mamea, Cyrus Timo-Latu.

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/06/19/best_nyc_display_of_.af_info_nyc-news.html
 
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mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
ISP and NYC teams named
Richard Becht | Image: www.photosport.nz
Tue 14th June, 03:15PM
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Ofahiki Ogden. NRL Holden Cup, Juniors U20s. Warriors v Broncos. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 4 June 2016. © Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz

NYC regulars Bunty Afoa and Ofahiki Ogden have both been promoted to play for the Vodafone Warriors’ Intrust Super Premiership side in Saturday’s 15th-round encounter with the Newtown Jets at Henson Park in Sydney (3.00pm kick-off local time; 5.00pm NZT).

Front rower Afoa and second rower Ogden, both with more than 50 NYC appearances, have been named to start for the Stacey Jones-coached table-topping side.

Afoa comes in for Sipley, who has been promoted to the NRL side, while Ogden joins established back rowers Shaun Lane and John Palavi.

Afoa made a one-off debut appearance in the grade last season while this will be Ogden’s first ISP outing.

Back in the side is prop James Gavet who missed the Newcastle match with a knee injury.

The Vodafone Warriors will be aiming for an eighth straight win but the Jets are also in great form, running third in the competition after trouncing Wentworthville 54-6.

In the NYC, the Vodafone Junior Warriors will have another debutant in their side with Otahuhu Leopards junior Alfred Smalley named to start in the centres. With Ogden promoted to the ISP, the experienced Marata Niukore switches from the centres to the second row while Mattais Heimuli is named to replace Afoa.
VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
3.45pm, Sunday, June 19


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS
1 KANE TELEA
2 LEWIS SOOSEMEA
3 JUNIOR PAUGA
4 ALFRED SMALLEY
5 MATT FAITOTOA
6 ERIN CLARK
7 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA
8 KENESE KENESE
9 SHELDON PITAMA (c)
10 MATTAIS HEIMULI
11 MARATA NIUKORE
12 JOSEPH PRICE
13 CHRIS SIO

14 TYLER MOHI
15 JEROME MAMEA
16 JOSEPH VUNA
17 CYRUS TIMO-LATU

COACH | KELVIN WRIGHT

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/06/14/isp_and_nyc_teams_na.html
 

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
NYC LATE MAIL | v Sydney Roosters
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Sun 19th June, 02:39PM
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Chris Sio switches from the back row to a starting front rower for the Vodafone Junior Warriors against the Roosters today. Image | www.photosport.nz

Vodafone Junior Warriors coach Kelvin Wright has been forced to shuffle his side for today’s 15th-round NYC match against the Sydney Roosters at Mount Smart Stadium (3.45pm kick-off).

Eiden Ackland has been brought in to start at standoff with Erin Clark switching to loose forward.

Chris Sio moves to start at prop, Mattais Heimuli goes to the bench and Joseph Vuna is in the second row replacing Marata Niukore, who turned out for the club’s ISP side yesterday.

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
3.45pm, Sunday, June 19
Referees: Chris Butler and Kasey Badger


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS

1 KANE TELEA
2 LEWIS SOOSEMEA
3 JUNIOR PAUGA
4 ALFRED SMALLEY
5 MATT FAITOTOA
18 EIDEN ACKLAND
7 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA
8 KENESE KENESE
9 SHELDON PITAMA (c)
13 CHRIS SIO
16 JOSEPH VUNA
12 JOSEPH PRICE
6 ERIN CLARK

10 MATTAIS HEIMULI
14 TYLER MOHI
15 JEROME MAMEA
17 CYRUS TIMO-LATU

COACH | KELVIN WRIGHT

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/06/19/nyc_late_mail_v_sydn.html
 

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
How good was Eiden Ackland. Great vision and determination from the guy and is still 17. Needs to bulk up but he's got a good future ahead of him if he keeps developing as he is. Gotta be happy with that hattrick. Hope his shift to the halves over Erin Clark is more permanent. Needs to be playing there week in week out.

And for those in the game day chatter thread that were wondering he is indeed John Ackland's son...
 

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
ISP and NYC line-ups for 16th round
Richard Becht | Image: www.photosport.nz
Tue 21st June, 06:34PM

Eiden Ackland, a late replacement, produced a stunning hat-trick against the Roosters in just his third NYC outing. He again partners Chanel Harris-Tavita in a young but exciting halves pairing.

After toppling the higher-ranked Roosters last week, the Vodafone Junior Warriors are in for another challenge taking on a Cronulla side running fifth on the NYC table.

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v CRONULLA SHARKS
Southern Cross Group Stadium, Cronulla
3.15pm, Saturday, June 25


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS
1 KANE TELEA
2 LEWIS SOOSEMEA
3 JUNIOR PAUGA
4 ALFRED SMALLEY
5 MATT FAITOTOA
6 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA
7 EIDEN ACKLAND
8 KENESE KENESE
9 SHELDON PITAMA (c)
10 CHRIS SIO
11 MARATA NIUKORE
12 JOSEPH PRICE
13 ERIN CLARK

14 TYLER MOHI
15 JEROME MAMEA
16 JOSEPH VUNA
17 CYRUS TIMO-LATU
21 MATTAIS HEIMULI

COACH | KELVIN WRIGHT

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/06/21/isp_and_nyc_line_ups.html

Vodafone Junior Warriors go two straight
Richard Becht
Sat 25th June, 07:35PM
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Warrior Kane Telea scores in the Holden Cup match between NZ Warriors and Melbourne Storm at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday, march 20, 2016. Photo: Fiona Goodall/photosport.nz

The Vodafone Junior Warriors withstood a withering second half comeback by Cronulla to secure their second straight NYC win – 36-32 – in today’s 16th-round NYC clash at Southern Cross Group Stadium today.

The Kelvin Wright-coached side had a commanding 30-6 halftime lead, leaving them well-placed to back up their impressive 40-20 win over the Sydney Roosters last week.

Instead the Sharks roared back into contention with four tries in the third quarter to be just two points adrift – 28-30 – with 20 minutes still to play.

They had all the momentum but the Vodafone Junior Warriors were able to check their charge, regroup and then arrange a game-breaking second try for wing Lewis Soosemea, fullback Kane Telea adding his sixth conversion of the day to take his side out to a 36-28 lead with seven minutes to play.

With two minutes left the home side trimmed the margin to 36-32 but the Vodafone Junior Warriors negotiated the final moments to secure victory over a side sitting well inside the top eight on 20 points.

This win took to Vodafone Junior Warriors to 14 points with a 6-9 win-loss record.

They conceded the first today but then launched a relentless onslaught scoring five tries – all converted by Telea – to lead 30-6. Mount Wellington junior Telea had two of the tries while the others were scored by Joseph Price, Matt Faitotoa and Soosemea.

Match details | Southern Cross Group Stadium, Cronulla

Cronulla Sharks 32.

Vodafone Junior Warriors 36 (Kane Telea 2, Lewis Soosemea 2, Joseph Price, Matt Faitotoa tries; Kane Telea 6 conversions).

Halftime: 30-6 Vodafone Junior Warriors.

Referee: Chris Treneman.

Vodafone Junior Warriors | Kane Telea; Lewis Soosemea, Junior Pauga, Alfred Smalley, Matt Faitiotoa; Chanel Harris-Tavita, Eiden Ackland; Bunty Afoa, Nathaniel Roache, Chris Sio; Joseph Vuna, Joseph Price; Erin Clark. Interchange: Kenese Kenese, Sheldon Pitama (c), Jerome Mamea, Mattais Heimuli.

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/06/25/vodafone_junior_warr.af_info_nyc-news.html
 
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mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
ROUND 17

NYC team named for 17th round
Richard Becht | Image: www.photosport.nz
Tue 28th June, 07:19PM

The Vodafone Junior Warriors will be seeking a third straight win when they face Gold Coast in the first leg of Saturday’s tripleheader kicking off at 12.40pm.

They come into the game with victories over the Roosters (40-20) and Cronulla (36-32) who are both ranked above them sitting inside the top eight.

Outstanding against the Sharks were centre Junior Pauga and wing Lewis Soosemea who both topped 200 metres, Soosemea scoring two tries. Fullback Kane Telea amassed 20 points from two tries and six conversions.

The Titans are level with the Vodafone Junior Warriors on 14 points but are one spot ahead in 10th place on points for and against.

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v GOLD COAST TITANS
Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
12.40pm, Saturday, July 2


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS
1 KANE TELEA
2 LEWIS SOOSEMEA
3 JUNIOR PAUGA
4 MARATA NIUKORE
5 MATT FAITOTOA
6 EIDEN ACKLAND
7 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA
8 KENESE KENESE
9 SHELDON PITAMA (c)
10 CHRIS SIO
11 JOSEPH VUNA
12 JOSEPH PRICE
13 ERIN CLARK

14 TYLER MOHI
15 MATTAIS HEIMULI
16 JEROME MAMEA
17 TAMATI IOANE-NIKO
18 ALFRED SMALLEY

COACH | KELVIN WRIGHT

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/06/28/isp_and_nyc_teams_na.af_info_nyc-news.html

NYC LATE MAIL | v Gold Coast
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Sat 2nd July, 12:17PM
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Erin Clark, centre, of the Warriors heads for the try line during the Holden Cup Warriors v Roosters at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand on Sunday, 19 June 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. © Copyright Photo: Fiona Goodall / www.photosport.nz

Marata Niukore moves into the second row and rookie Alfred Smalley comes back into the centres for the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ 17th-round NYC match against the Gold Coast Titans at Mount Smart Stadium today (12.40pm kick-off; match day sponsor: TNT).

Out of the side is regular loose forward Erin Clark, which sees Joseph Price switched to fill his role.

Recalled to the bench is front rower Keanu Dawson.

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v GOLD COAST TITANS
Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
12.40pm, Saturday, July 2
Referees: Jon Stone and Belinda Sleeman



VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS
1 KANE TELEA
2 LEWIS SOOSEMEA
3 JUNIOR PAUGA
18 ALFRED SMALLEY
5 MATT FAITOTOA
6 EIDEN ACKLAND
7 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA
8 KENESE KENESE
9 SHELDON PITAMA (c)
10 CHRIS SIO
11 JOSEPH VUNA
4 MARATA NIUKORE
12 JOSEPH PRICE

14 TYLER MOHI
15 MATTAIS HEIMULI
16 JEROME MAMEA
20 KEANU DAWSON

COACH | KELVIN WRIGHT

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/07/02/nyc_late_mail_v_gold.af_info_nyc-news.html

Third straight NYC win
Richard Becht | www.photosport.nz
Sat 2nd July, 04:51PM
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Junior Pauga, centre is tackled by Titans player Fred Keil, right in the NYC Warriors v Titans at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday, 2 July 2016. Auckland, New Zealand. © Copyright Photo: Fiona Goodall / www.photosport.nz

Wing Matt Faitotoa’s 78th-minute try converted a two-point deficit into a dramatic 14-12 win for the Vodafone Junior Warriors in today’s 17th-round NYC match against Gold Coast at Mount Smart Stadium.

The home side had bolted to a 10-0 lead inside the opening 10 minutes but the Titans worked their way back with a try soon after and then a second in the 51st minute to take the lead 12-10.

There the score stayed as both sides traded blows, the Vodafone Junior Warriors not wanting for opportunities but not being able to finish their sets the way they would have liked.

They remained patient, though, and eventually earned the opening.

With three minutes left they forced a goal-line drop out, came back at the Titans and set up to go to a wide left. A slick shift created space, Junior Pauga putting Faitotoa over for what turned out to be the match winner.

The arm wrestle nature of much of the battle was in stark contrast to the opening.

Second rower Marata Niukore sparked the home side with a strong carry in the middle of the field and soon after prop Kenese Kenese ran the ball hard towards the posts. Stopped short he played quickly, hooker Sheldon Pitama going flat to Joseph Price on his right shoulder with the loose forward backing in and spinning to get the ball down in the eighth minute.

Fullback Kane Telea converted and from the restart the Vodafone Junior Warriors put together a wonderful set finishing with left centre Junior Pauga going over to make it 10-0 after just 10 minutes.

The momentum was snapped, though, when Gold Coast standoff Josh Ralph was handed room to run, cutting right through the line to score with wing Tyronne Davis converting to leave the home side 10-6 ahead.

There was no further change to the score-line before the break but close to halftime a melee involving a number of players resulted in Niukore and Gold Coast’s Jerome Veve both being sin-binned for 10 minutes.

Vodafone Junior Warriors coach Kelvin Wright also had injury issues with standoff Chanel Harris-Tavita out of the contest early after being taken off for concussion test.

With the second half just 11 minutes old, Veve, not long back from the sin bin, atoned by charging over between the posts, a try Davis converted to give the Titans a 12-10 advantage.

Just when it seemed the visitors might hold on, the patient Vodafone Junior Warriors conjured up their winning play and a third consecutive victory following their successes against the Sydney Roosters and Cronulla.

Their perseverance showed through in their impressive completion rate of 84 per cent (32 from 38 sets) while they made almost 1900 metres with the ball.

Pauga, who has topped 200 metres in the last two games, was exceptional again today, credited with an astonishing

306 metres from 22 runs.

It improves their record to 7-9 to leave them 10th for now on 16 points and three points off eighth place.

MATCH DETIALS
Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

Vodafone Junior Warriors 14 (Joseph Price, Junior Pauga, Matt Faitotoa tries; Kane Telea conversion).

Gold Coast Titans 12 (Josh Ralph, Jerome Veve tries; Tyronne Davis 2 conversions).

Halftime: 10-6 Vodafone Junior Warriors.

Referees: Jon Stone and Belinda Sleeman.

Vodafone Junior Warriors | Kane Telea; Lewis Soosemea, Junior Pauga, Alfred Smalley, Matt Faitiotoa; Chanel Harris-Tavita, Eiden Ackland; Kenese Kenese, Shedon Pitama (c), Chris Sio; Marata Niukore, Joseph Vuna; Joseph Price. Interchange: Tyler Mohi, Mattais Heimuli, Jerome Mamea, Keanu Dawson.

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ROUND 18

BYE...
 

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ROUND 19

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Tue 12th July, 09:21PM

Coming out of the bye round after three straight wins, the Vodafone Junior Warriors have some changes from the side that beat the Titans last time out.

Preston Riki has been named to debut on the wing, replacing Lewis Soosemea who will again play for the ISP side this week, while Tyler Mohi starts at standoff for the injured Chanel Harris-Tavita.

Jerome Mamea is named to start in the second row for Marata Niukore while Junior Kiwi prop Isaiah Papalii, so impressive earlier in the season, is included on the bench after being back in rugby union playing for table-topping Mount Albert Grammar School in the Auckland First XV competition. Also back from rugby union duty is Auckland Grammar School’s Melino Fineanganofo, who was in the NYC squad earlier in the campaign.

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v MANLY SEA EAGLES
Brookvale Oval, Sydney
11.00am, Sunday, July 17


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS
1 KANE TELEA
2 PRESTON RIKI
3 JUNIOR PAUGA
4 ALFRED SMALLEY
5 MATT FAITOTOA
6 EIDEN ACKLAND
7 TYLER MOHI
8 KENESE KENESE
9 SHELDON PITAMA (c)
10 CHRIS SIO
11 JOSEPH VUNA
12 JEROME MAMEA
13 JOSEPH PRICE

14 ISAIAH PAPALII
15 CYRUS TIMO-LATU
16 MATTAIS HEIMULI
17 MELINO FINEANGANOFO
18 JAREL HEMEHEMA

COACH | KELVIN WRIGHT

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