Debutant Solomone Kata en route to one of his two tries in the Vodafone Junior Warriors' 46-14 trouncing of South Suydney at Mount Smart Stadium today. Photo: Photosport.
After producing their best defensive performance of the season against the Cowboys, the Vodafone Junior Warriors found their attacking groove scoring eight tries in dismissing South Sydney 46-14 in today’s fifth-round NYC match at Mount Smart Stadium.
After bounding to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter, the home side conceded two tries to lead only 12-8 at halftime.
There were ample signs, though, that the Vodafone Junior Warriors were moving into gear to unleash their attacking wares. The perfect illustration was provided by their newest player, ex-schoolboy rugby union star Solomone Kata, who scored a dazzling 19th-minute try. It contained all the ingredients as he bewildered the Rabbitohs with his step, swerve, pace and power in scoring one of the more astonishing solo tries.
Having worked their way into pole position in the first half, the Vodafone Junior Warriors simply lit the fuse after the break.
In all there were six tries, the first a typically direct effort from close range by hooker Trent Bishop but the other five owed much to the healthy quota of speed the side has throughout its ranks. Kata had a second try on debut while winger Viliami Lolohea and standoff Tuimoala Lolohea also collected doubles.
Fullback Ngataua Hukatai didn’t make it across the line but he was a weapon throughout in a high-quality individual display.
The performance marked another step forward for the Vodafone Junior Warriors who have now won three straight games to move to fifth spot on the ladder.
At Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
Vodafone Junior Warriors 46 (Solomone Kata 2, Viliami Lolohea 2, Tuimoala Lolohea 2, Albert Vete, Trent Bishop tries; Mason Lino 7 conversions).
South Sydney Rabbitohs 14 (Aaron Gray, Siosaia Tanginoa, Jake Watts tries; Will Paterson conversion).
Halftime: 12-8 Vodafone Junior Warriors.
Referees: Gavin Reynolds and Michael Wise.
Vodafone Junior Warriors: Ngataua Hukatai; Viliami Kaveinga, Solomone Kata, David Fusitua
, Viliami Lolohea; Tuimoala Lolohea, Mason Lino; Albert Vete, Michael Sio, Sam Lisone
; Raymond Faitalaa-Mariner, Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard; David Bhana (c). Interchange: James Taylor, Trent Bishop, Stedman Lefau, Katamiro Atera.