General 2016 Warriors U20 NYC Grade

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
Setback for Vodafone Junior Warriors
Richard Becht | Image: www.photosport.nz
Sun 17th July, 03:44PM
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ISAIAH PAPALII. 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

The Vodafone Junior Warriors were denied the chance to stay in touch with the top eight when they fell to an upset 22-32 loss against Manly in today’s 19th-round NYC match at Brookvale Oval in Sydney.

Twice they closed to within two points of the Sea Eagles in a high-scoring second half but each time the home side responded soon after to move clear again.

After being 6-14 behind at halftime, the Vodafone Junior Warriors opened the scoring in the second half with the first of Isaiah Papalii’s two tries, Kane Telea’s conversion cutting the margin to 12-14.

Almost immediately Manly went 20-12 ahead only for the Vodafone Junior Warriors to strike with a Tyler Mohi try to draw back to 18-20.

It was then that Manly made the match-winning break, two Billy Bainbridge converted tries taking it out to a 32-18 lead leaving the Vodafone Junior Warriors too far behind to recover although Papalii did score his second try late in the contest.

Manly had started the match with two unconverted tries before captain Sheldon Pitama crossed and Kane Telea converted. Close to halftime the Sea Eagles scored their third try to have an eight-point lead at the break.

The Vodafone Junior Warriors, who started the match in 10th spot, handed NYC debuts to two more players Preston Riki and Jarel HemeHema.

Match details | Brookvale Oval, Sydney

Manly Sea Eagles 32 (Billy Bainbridge 2, Luke Polselli, Harlan Collins, Tevita Funa, Cade Cust tries; Nicho Hynes 4 conversions).

Vodafone Junior Warriors 22 (Isaiah Papalii 2, Sheldon Pitama, Tyler Mohi tries; Kane Telea 3 conversions).

Referee: Adam Cassidy.

Vodafone Junior Warriors | Kane Telea; Preston Riki, Junior Pauga, Alfred Smalley, Matt Faitotoa; Eiden Ackland, Jarel HemeHema; Kenese Kenese, Sheldon Pitama (c), Chris Sio; Jerome Mamea, Joseph Vuna; Joseph Price. Interchange: Tyler Mohi, Isaiah Papalii, Mattais Heimuli, Melino Fineanganofo.

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mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
NYC team named
Richard Becht
Tue 19th July, 04:00PM

The Vodafone Junior Warriors (10th) and Canberra (11th) are level on 18 points heading into their NYC clash at GIO Stadium (10.40am kick-off local time; 12.40pm NZT).

Centre Melino Fineanganofo and standoff Chanel Harris-Tavita come into the backline while experienced Marata Niukore returns in the second row.

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v CANBERRA RAIDERS
GIO Stadium, Canberra
10.40am, Saturday, July 23


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

14 TYLER MOHI
15 JEROME MAMEA
16 ISAIAH PAPALII
17 MATTAIS HEIMULI

COACH | KELVIN WRIGHT

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mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
No NYC joy in Canberra
Richard Becht | Image: www.warriors.kiwi
Sat 23rd July, 03:02PM
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Canberra has denied the Vodafone Junior Warriors a chance to stay in touch with the top eight sides winning today's 20th-round NYC clash 24-14 at GIO Stadium.

The Vodafone Junior Warriors had all the stats against them yet, despite the odds, they still went to halftime with a 10-8 lead through well-taken tries to front rower Kenese Kenese and centre Junior Pauga.

The second half produced a different story, though, as the Raiders – a big side – began to turn their physical and statistical ascendancy into points, scoring two tries in the opening minutes of the spell to leap into a 16-10 lead.

The Vodafone Junior Warriors countered when second rower Marata Niukore was too much for the Raiders’ left edge defence to handle, his try leaving the contest poised at 16-14 in the home side’s favour with 26 minutes to play.

It didn’t last, however, with Canberra going 24-14 clear through tries to left wing Jack Hickson and hooker Zac Woolford. They couldn’t convert one try leaving the Vodafone Junior Warriors with a glimmer of hope but they couldn’t arrange a response.

Earlier a nice flat ball put the big man Kenese over for the first try after five minutes and a 6-0 lead. After the Raiders hit back twice, some lovely ball movement including a slick flick-on from fullback Kane Telea created space for Pauga to score.

Quite apart from their sheer size, the Raiders also had real dominance in the possession stakes completing 30 of 35 tries while the Vodafone Junior Warriors completed just 23 of 30 sets. The home side translated that edge into a marked advantage in metres gained (1640-1140).

It doesn’t get any easier for the Kelvin Wright-coached side with its next outing against the NYC’s table-topping Panthers at Mount Smart Stadium next Saturday.

Match details | GIO Stadium, Canberra

Canberra Raiders 24 (Nick Cotric 2, Jack Hickson 2, Jack Murchie, Zac Woolford tries).

Vodafone Junior Warriors 14 (Kenese Kenese, Junior Pauga, Marata Niukore tries; Kane Telea conversion).

Halftime: 10-8 Vodafone Junior Warriors.

Referee: Phil Henderson.

Vodafone Junior Warriors | Kane Telea; Preston Riki, Melino Fineanganofo, Junior Pauga, Matt Faitotoa; Chanel Harris-Tavita, Eiden Ackland; Kenese Kenese, Sheldon Pitama (c), Chris Sio; Jerome Mamea, Marata Niukore; Joseph Price. Interchange: Joseph Vuna, Tyler Mohi, Isaiah Papalii, Mattais Heimuli.

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mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
NYC team named for 21st round
Richard Becht | Image: www.photosport.nz
Tue 26th July, 04:00PM
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Ofahiki Ogden is one of five players returning to the NYC this week after being on ISP duty recently. Image | www.photosport.nz

With the Vodafone Warriors having a bye in the Intrust Super Premiership this weekend, five players return to play for the club’s NYC side in Saturday’s 21st-round clash against Penrith at Mount Smart Stadium (2.40pm kick-off; match day sponsor: Harvey Norman).

Lewis Soosemea, Marata Niukore, Erin Clark, Nathaniel Roache and Ofahiki Ogden have all been on duty with the Stacey Jones-coached ISP team recently but will all turn out for the Vodafone Junior Warriors this week.

Soosemea is back on the wing, Niukore in the centres, Clark at standoff, Roache at hooker and Ogden in the second row.

After their 14-24 loss to Canberra last Saturday, the Vodafone Junior Warriors lie 12th on the table, four points outside the top eight.

They face a real examination from the Panthers who are six points clear at the top of the table having lost just once so far this season.

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v PENRITH PANTHERS
Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
2.40pm, Saturday, July 30


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

14 MELINO FINEANGANOFO
15 JOSEPH PRICE
16 MATTAIS HEIMULI
17 JEROME MAMEA
18 EIDEN ACKLAND

COACH | KELVIN WRIGHT

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mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
NYC win over competition leaders
Richard Becht | Image: www.warriors.kiwi
Sat 30th July, 05:15PM
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The Vodafone Junior Warriors held on to hand runaway competition leader Penrith just its second defeat of the season with a thrilling 30-28 victory in Saturday's 21st-round NYC encounter at Mount Smart Stadium.

The Panthers came into the contest six points clear on the table and gave the home side an anxious final eight minutes when they threatened to steal victory.

After falling 22-30 behind with 12 minutes to play, Penrith responded with a converted Jack Nelson try to trail just 28-30 after 72 minutes.

They couldn’t break the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ resolve, though, as they resisted one raid after another to protect their two-point advantage for their eighth win of the year.

It lifted them to 20 points to sit two points outside the top eight with five games to play.

A tight opening half hour produced just two tries, Vodafone Junior Warriors fullback Kane Telea scoring the first off an inside ball from late inclusion Bunty Afoa. The opening followed a break by centre Junior Pauga who was stopped just short of the line on the left before shifting back to the right.

Penrith responded to take a 6-4 lead but two tries in the last few minutes of the spell gave the Vodafone Junior Warriors a 14-6 lead at the break.

From a 35th-minute scrum, they went to a short left, Pauga getting on the outside to scorch 35 minutes for a brilliant try.

Then right on halftime another inside ball – this time from Erin Clark – put Joseph Price in for a try Pauga converted.

The second half couldn’t have opened any better when right wing Lewis Soosemea went low to burrow over for a try, Pauga converting and the lead was out to 20-6 after 43 minutes.

It was a solid advantage but in the space of eight minutes it was shot to pieces as the Panthers steadied and then hit the Vodafone Junior Warriors with three tries to convert a 14-point deficit into a 22-20 lead with 20 minutes still to play.

The home side was in danger of being stung again but responded well to the setbacks, Pauga making a long break down the left with Matt Faitotoa zipping out of dummy half to score.

When Clark added his side’s sixth try in the 67th minute the lead was 30-22, invaluable at eight points but certainly not safe.

So it proved as Penrith engineered Nelson’s converted try to close to 28-30.

It made for a frantic, anxious last eight minutes but the Vodafone Junior Warriors found the will and a way to close it out for a crucial victory which keeps them within range to push for a place in the finals.

Match details | Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

Vodafone Junior Warriors 30 (Kane Telea, Junior Pauga, Joseph Price, Lewis Soosemea, Matt Faitotoa, Erin Clark tries; Junior Pauga 3 conversions).

Penrith Panthers 28 (Corey Waddell 2, Wayde Egan, Tyrone May, Jack Nelson tries; Jarome Luai 4 conversions).

Halftime: 14-6 Vodafone Junior Warriors.

Referees: Phil Henderson and Josh McGowan.

Vodafone Junior Warriors | Kane Telea; Lewis Soosemea, Marata Niukore, Junior Pauga, Matt Faitotoa; Erin Clark, Chanel Harris-Tavita; Joseph Vuna, Nathaniel Roache, Mattais Heimuli; Ofahiki Ogden, Bunty Afoa; Chris Sio. Interchange: Sheldon Pitama, Melino Fineanganofo, Joseph Price, Jerome Mamea.

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mt.wellington

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

NYC | v PENRITH PANTHERS, MOUNT SMART STADIUM | WON 30-28

Penalties | Vodafone Warriors 8, Penrith 6.

Completions | Vodafone Warriors 27/33 (82%), Penrith 24/31 (77%).

Total runs | Vodafone Warriors 145, Penrith 152.

Metres gained | Vodafone Warriors 1435, Penrith 1398.

Line breaks | Vodafone Warriors 8, Penrith 5.

Tackle breaks | Vodafone Warriors 62, Penrith 27.

Kicks (kicking metres) | Vodafone Warriors 15 (376), Penrith 16 (348).

Tackles Made | Vodafone Warriors 288, Penrith 323.

Missed tackles | Vodafone Warriors 27, Penrith 62.

Offloads | Vodafone Warriors 6, Penrith 12.

Errors | Vodafone Warriors 6, Penrith 8.

Runs | Kane Telea 17, Ofahiki Ogden 14, Bunty Afoa 12, Junior Pauga 11, Lewis Soosemea 11, Matt Faitotoa 11, Nathaniel Roache 10, Joseph Vuna 10.

Metres gained | Ofahiki Ogden 160, Nathaniel Roache 156, Junior Pauga 149, Lewis Soosemea 118, Bunty Afoa 111, Joseph Vuna 109.

Tackle breaks | Junior Pauga 12, Melino Fineanganofo 11, Ofahiki Ogden 8.

Tackles made | Nathaniel Roache 41, Chris Sio 35, Ofahiki Ogden 31, Mattais Heimuli 26, Sheldon Pitama 26, Bunty Afoa 26, Chanel Harris-Tavita 23.

Missed tackles | Nathaniel Roache 0, Mattais Heimuli 0, Chanel Harris-Tavita 0, Jerome Mamea 0, Marata Niukore 0.

Supports: Kane Telea 12, Joseph Price 12, Chanel Harris-Tavita 10, Mattais Heimuli 9, Sheldon Pitama 9.

Decoys: Joseph Vuna 8, Bunty Afoa 6.

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mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
NYC team named for 22nd round
Tue 2nd August, 03:30PM

The Vodafone Junior Warriors will be seeking to back up their impressive 30-28 win over competition leader Penrith when they face Gold Coast on Sunday.

The Vodafone Junior Warriors are 11th on 20 points two ahead of Gold Coast but still four points off eighth spot.

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v GOLD COAST TITANS
Cbus Super Stadium, Robina
11.45am, Sunday, August 7


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

14 TYLER MOHI
15 KENESE KENESE
16 ISAIAH PAPALII
17 JEROME MAMEA
18 DYLAN TAVITA

COACH | KELVIN WRIGHT

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mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
LATE MAIL | NYC team changes
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Sat 13th August, 04:11PM
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Vodafone Junior Warriors centre Junior Pauga has been called up to make his second appearance for club's ISP side today. Image | www.photosport.nz

Vodafone Junior Warriors centre Junior Pauga has been brought into the ISP line-up while Bunty Afoa starts for the NYC side.

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS

Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
5.15pm, Saturday, August 13


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS

1 KANE TELEA
2 LEWIS SOOSEMEA
3 MELINO FINEANGANOFO
16 JEROME MAMEA
5 MATT FAITOTOA
6 EIDEN ACKLAND
7 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA
8 KENESE KENESE
9 SHELDON PITAMA (c)
20 BUNTY AFOA
15 JOSEPH VUNA
12 JOSEPH PRICE
13 CHRIS SIO

10 MATTAIS HEIMULI
14 TYLER MOHI
17 CYRUS TIMO-LATU
22 KEANU DAWSON

COACH | KELVIN WRIGHT

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mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
Rabbitohs take NYC victory
Image | www.photosport.nz
Sat 13th August, 07:35PM
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Kane Tele scores for the Junior Warriors during the Holden Cup match Warriors v Rabbitohs at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday 13 August 2016. Auckland, New Zealand. © Copyright Photo: Fiona Goodall / www.photosport.nz

South Sydney’s 12-point surge in the final 10 minutes converted an 18-20 deficit into a 30-20 win over the Vodafone Junior Warriors in today’s 23rd-round NYC clash at Mount Smart Stadium.

After leading 14-12 at the break, the Vodafone Warriors opened up a 20-12 edge when captain Sheldon Pitama scored in the 59th minute after bouncing out of dummy half on the back of a Kenese Kenese hit up.

The eight-point lead wouldn’t last long, though, with the Rabbitohs closing to 18-20 four minutes later with a Brock Gray try converted by Chad O’Donnell.

Into the last 10 minutes it became 20-20 through an O’Donnell penalty before Souths went 24-20 ahead through centre Mawene Hiroti.

The Vodafone Junior Warriors probed and pressed in search of victory but couldn’t breach the Rabbitohs’ line. Instead the visitors sealed the deal with a 79th-minute try to second rower Tarquinn Butler.

Match details | Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

Vodafone Junior Warriors 20 (Kane Telea, Jerome Mamea, Sheldon Pitama tries; Kane Telea 3 conversions, penalty).

South Sydney Rabbitohs 30 (Maia Sands, Harry Ledoy, Brock Gray, Mawene Hitori, Tarquinn Butler tries; Chad O’Donnell 4 conversions, penalty).

Halftime: 14-12 Vodafone Warriors.

Referee: Chris Treneman.

Vodafone Junior Warriors | Kane Telea; Lewis Soosemea, Melino Fineanganofo, Jerome Mamea, Matt Faitotoa; Eiden Ackland, Chanel Harris-Tavita; Kenese Kenese, Sheldon Pitama (c), Keanu Dawson; Joseph Vuna, Joseph Price; Bunty Afoa. Interchange: Mattais Heimuli, Chris Sio, Tyler Mohi, Cyrus Timo-Latu.

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mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
Cant find a match report but we lost this game...

NYC LATE MAIL | v Cowboys
Sat 20th August, 06:37PM
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Erin Clark has been called in to line up at standoff for the Vodafone Junior Warriors in their NYC clash against the Cowboys tonight.

St Paul’s College pupil Dylan Tavita is set to become the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ latest debutant in tonight’s 24th-round NYC clash against North Queensland at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville (5.15pm kick-off local time; 7.15pm NZT).

Tavita has been brought onto the bench in one of three changes to the side originally selected earlier in the week.

He will be the 20th player to make his first NYC appearance for the Vodafone Junior Warriors this season.

In other changes Erin Clark starts at standoff and Cyrus Timo-Latu at loose forward.

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS
1300SMILES Stadium, Townsville
5.15pm, Saturday, August 20


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS
1 KANE TELEA
2 LEWIS SOOSEMEA
3 MELINO FINEANGANOFO
4 JUNIOR PAUGA
5 MATT FAITOTOA
21 ERIN CLARK
7 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA
8 KENESE KENESE
9 SHELDON PITAMA (c)
10 MATTAIS HEIMULI
11 JOSEPH VUNA
12 MARATA NIUKORE
15 CYRUS TIMO-LATU

13 CHRIS SIO
16 JOSEPH PRICE
17 JEROME MAMEA
18 DYLAN TAVITA

COACH | KELVIN WRIGHT

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mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
Got a match report from the Cowboys site. May as well run with it as the Warriors lost 34-0 so doubt there would have been much to talk about from the Warriors end of it...

Cowboys bounce back in NYC
By Dylan Morris, cowboys.com.au
Sat 20th August, 07:14PM
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Bacho Salam | Photo: Scott Davis © NRL Photos

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys have completed an NYC shutout against the New Zealand Warriors at 1300SMILES Stadium, defeating the visitors 34-0.

Coming off the back of two straight losses, the Cowboys needed to bounce back against the Warriors, and the return of halfback Cooper Bambling from injury was an added boost to the home side.

Despite the return of the captain, it was Brandon Smith who led the way, although not from the usual spot at dummy half – he took the ball at second receiver instead and forced his way over at close range.

Smith followed it up with a run from acting half to bring up his second try of the night two minutes later.

Strong defence from the Cowboys was a highlight, as Gideon Gela-Mosby and Marcus Jensen both made try-saving tackles on opposite sides of the field.

The fatigue seemed to get to the Warriors as unforced errors crept in and the Cowboys capitalised late in the second half.

Ty Carucci went within inches of scoring, and Enari Tuala went all the way with a perfect line to dive over untouched on the next play.

The second half proved to be as one-sided as the first, with three tries to Marcus Jensen the only points scored.

The win places the Cowboys at outright second, where they could remain depending on the result of the Roosters-Dragons game tomorrow – if the Roosters prevail, they will jump back ahead of the Cowboys into second spot.

NORTH QUEENSLAND TOYOTA COWBOYS 34 (Marcus Jensen 3, Brandon Smith 2, Enari Tuala tries; Kalyn Ponga 5 goals) def NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS 0 at 1300SMILES Stadium.

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mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
Team list for last Sundays game...

NYC LATE MAIL | v Wests Tigers
Sun 28th August, 01:19PM
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Fullback Kane Telea kicked three from three in the Vodafone Junior Warriors' narrow loss to Newcastle. Image | www.photosport.nz

The Vodafone Junior Warriors will be without fullback Kane Telea for the first time this season when they face Wests Tigers in today’s 25th-round NYC clash at Mount Smart Stadium (1.45pm kick-off).

Matt Faitotoa moves from the wing to replace Telea with Preston Riki coming onto the wing.

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v WESTS TIGERS
Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
1.45pm, Sunday, August 28


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS
5 MATT FAITOTOA
2 LEWIS SOOSEMEA
3 MELINO FINEANGANOFO
4 JUNIOR PAUGA
16 PRESTON RIKI
6 DYLAN TAVITA
7 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA
8 KENESE KENESE
9 SHELDON PITAMA (c)
15 JOSEPH VUNA
11 OFAHIKI OGDEN
12 MARATA NIUKORE
13 CHRIS SIO

10 MATTAIS HEIMULI
14 JEROME MAMEA
17 ELIJAH SUFIA
18 CYRUS TIMO-LATU

COACH | KELVIN WRIGHT

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mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
Cruel finish denies NYC side
Richard Becht
Sun 28th August, 02:30AM
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Elijah Sufia. NRL Holden Cup, Juniors U20s. Warriors v Tigers. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday 28 August 2016. © Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz

A 79th-minute Wests Tigers try cruelly denied the Vodafone Junior Warriors a morale-boosting victory in their 25th-round NYC clash at Mount Smart Stadium today.

After conceding 18 points on end to fall 12-18 behind, the Vodafone Junior Warriors had stormed back with tries to hooker Sheldon Pitama and centre Junior Pauga to lead 24-18, an advantage they still held as the contest went into the final 90 seconds.

The Tigers were on attack, though, and in dying moments they struck with a try to prop Ray Stone beside the left-hand upright. The conversion was straightforward to ensure the match ended in a 24-24 draw.

Coming off a 0-34 loss to North Queensland, their third loss on end, the Vodafone Junior Warriors were good value in the first half as they went to the break 12-0 ahead through a thundering try to second rower Ofahiki Ogden and the first of Pauga's two tries.

With injuries reducing them to just one fit player on the bench, the home side was under the hammer in the second spell as the Tigers scored three tries in the space of nine minutes to storm to an 18-12 lead.

A fabulous show and go by Pitama from dummy half put the Vodafone Junior Warriors back on even terms before Pauga – who made almost 200 metres – put them in the lead only to be denied in the final moments.

Match details | Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

Vodafone Junior Warriors 24 (Junior Pauga 2, Ofahiki Ogden, Sheldon Pitama tries; Junior Pauga 3 conversions; Dylan Tavita conversion).

Wests Tigers 24 (Thomas Bartley, Daniel Roberts, Mark McCormack, Ray Stone tries; Roman Ioelu 4 conversions).

Halftime: 12-0 Vodafone Junior Warriors.

Referee: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski.

Vodafone Junior Warriors | Matt Faitotoa; Lewis Soosemea, Melino Fineanganofo, Junior Pauga, Preston Riki; Dylan Tavita, Chanel Harris-Tavita; Kenese Kenese, Sheldon Pitama (c), Joseph Vuna; Ofahiki Ogden, Marata Niukore; Chris Sio. Interchange: Mattais Heimuli, Jerome Mamea, Elijah Sufia, Cyrus Timo-Latu.

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TheCool

1st Grade Fringe
Jul 18, 2013
1,833
Pretty disappointing season from the NYC team this year but they’ve set themselves up very well for a finals return next year, with most of the squad returning.

In the likely starting 17 for next year below, I have only 1 debutant, so its an experienced side that is still very young.
  1. Etene Nanai
  2. Matt Faitotoa
  3. Preston Riki
  4. Melino Fineaganofo
  5. Lewis Soosemea
  6. Dakohta Taimani
  7. Chanel Harris-Tevita
  8. Isaiah Papalli
  9. AJ Murray
  10. Kenese Kenese
  11. Joesph Vuna
  12. Kayleb Milne
  13. Chris Sio

  14. Dylan Tavita
  15. Romia Roi
  16. Kakaoi Togoiu
  17. Jerome Mamea
Unsurprisingly there was no one from our team that made the NYC team of the year, however, I think Junior Pauga was hands down the warriors player of the year. He only really came on in the second half of the year (he missed jr kiwis but would walk on if it was picked today) so its important for him to carry that form into NSW cup next year and if he’s managed right he could have a lengthy first grade career. He really has the full package of speed, defence, power and vision.

I honestly think Lewis Soosemea and Isaiah Papalli will be superstars at the next level. They are two of the most talented juniors we have come through in a while. With our shortage of quality wings at the moment, I really do expect Soosemea to be pushing for his first grade debut at the end of next year or, if not, definitely by 2018. Papalli showed his quality in the MAGS 1st XV finals run and is an absolute machine, constantly bends the line on his hit ups and always tops the tackle count. Unreal motor on the kid.

Harris-Tevita, Kenese, Vuna and Riki are others to keep an eye on in 2017.
 
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Lord Gnome of Howick MBE

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Apr 30, 2012
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Pretty disappointing season from the NYC team this year but they’ve set themselves up very well for a finals return next year, with most of the squad returning.

In the likely starting 17 for next year below, I have only 1 debutant, so its an experienced side that is still very young.
  1. Kane Telea
  2. Matt Faitotoa
  3. Preston Riki
  4. Melino Fineaganofo
  5. Lewis Soosemea
  6. Dylan Tavita
  7. Chanel Harris-Tevita
  8. Isaiah Papalli
  9. AJ Murray
  10. Kenese Kenese
  11. Joesph Vuna
  12. Jerome Mamea
  13. Chris Sio

  14. Elijah Sufia
  15. Keanu Dawson
  16. Tamati Ioane-Niko
  17. Keanu Laumatia-Paki
Unsurprisingly there was no one from our team that made the NYC team of the year, however, I think Junior Pauga was hands down the warriors player of the year. He only really came on in the second half of the year (he missed jr kiwis but would walk on if it was picked today) so its important for him to carry that form into NSW cup next year and if he’s managed right he could have a lengthy first grade career. He really has the full package of speed, defence, power and vision.

I honestly think Lewis Soosemea and Isaiah Papalli will be superstars at the next level. They are two of the most talented juniors we have come through in a while. With our shortage of quality wings at the moment, I really do expect Soosemea to be pushing for his first grade debut at the end of next year or, if not, definitely by 2018. Papalli showed his quality in the MAGS 1st XV finals run and is an absolute machine, constantly bends the line on his hit ups and always tops the tackle count. Unreal motor on the kid.

Harris-Tevita, Kenese, Vuna and Riki are others to keep an eye on in 2017.

Also if there’s an opportunity to play Etene Nanai and Dakohta Taimani from St Kents they should definitely be on the field, especially Nanai who IMO is the most talented junior we have ever signed in the history of the club. However I don’t think they will be available next year with 1st XV commitments.

I like the look of Token Whiteguy, really stood out in the games he played.
 

TheCool

1st Grade Fringe
Jul 18, 2013
1,833
I like the look of Token Whiteguy, really stood out in the games he played.
They preferred Dylan Tavita over Ackland as soon as he was eligble to play (when he turned 17 a couple of months ago). And Harris-Tevita is miles better than both of them.

He is paper thin and doesn't really have a running game, but does have good composure and punches above his weight on defence. However, I think we'll only see him again through injuries or other players being promoted to NSW cup unfortunately.
 

ramraider78

1st Grade Fringe
Aug 24, 2012
1,632
Auckland , New Zealand
Pretty disappointing season from the NYC team this year but they’ve set themselves up very well for a finals return next year, with most of the squad returning.

In the likely starting 17 for next year below, I have only 1 debutant, so its an experienced side that is still very young.
  1. Kane Telea
  2. Matt Faitotoa
  3. Preston Riki
  4. Melino Fineaganofo
  5. Lewis Soosemea
  6. Dylan Tavita
  7. Chanel Harris-Tevita
  8. Isaiah Papalli
  9. AJ Murray
  10. Kenese Kenese
  11. Joesph Vuna
  12. Jerome Mamea
  13. Chris Sio

  14. Elijah Sufia
  15. Keanu Dawson
  16. Tamati Ioane-Niko
  17. Keanu Laumatia-Paki
Unsurprisingly there was no one from our team that made the NYC team of the year, however, I think Junior Pauga was hands down the warriors player of the year. He only really came on in the second half of the year (he missed jr kiwis but would walk on if it was picked today) so its important for him to carry that form into NSW cup next year and if he’s managed right he could have a lengthy first grade career. He really has the full package of speed, defence, power and vision.

I honestly think Lewis Soosemea and Isaiah Papalli will be superstars at the next level. They are two of the most talented juniors we have come through in a while. With our shortage of quality wings at the moment, I really do expect Soosemea to be pushing for his first grade debut at the end of next year or, if not, definitely by 2018. Papalli showed his quality in the MAGS 1st XV finals run and is an absolute machine, constantly bends the line on his hit ups and always tops the tackle count. Unreal motor on the kid.

Harris-Tevita, Kenese, Vuna and Riki are others to keep an eye on in 2017.

Also if there’s an opportunity to play Etene Nanai and Dakohta Taimani from St Kents they should definitely be on the field, especially Nanai who IMO is the most talented junior we have ever signed in the history of the club. However I don’t think they will be available next year with 1st XV commitments.
Etene and Dakohta will be with the Warriors next year I heard, the club rate them that highly, I heard there's some sort of deal being done over the scholarships, so they can attend St Kents and still play for the club. Ioane - Niko is struggling with weight issues from an injury, he needs a lot of extras in the off season to hit the ground running for pre season IMO. There's some other kids I think will kick on in 2017 that aren't on your list and then the dark horse that comes through the trials.
 

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