General U20s Team

Yup the usual just roll over other teams with our massive size advantage, then pop an off-load to the fullback wont work this season. Unfortunately their halves in particular and fullback dont look anywhere near good enough to be title contenders, or even make the finals...hope i'm wrong though.
Halves look OK, however maybe move Eko back to hooker with Saliva & bring in Sam Cook at 6. Heard some good wraps about this kid & should give a him run early this season.
 
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Halves look OK, however maybe move Eko back to hooker with Saliva & bring in Sam Cook at 6. Heard some good wraps about this kid & should give a him run early this season.

Yeah Im keen to see Sam Cook get a Run, Has experience in Fox Prems and did pretty well there. I rate him in terms of potential as a first grader over Lino or Malu.
 
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Siliva Havili was the kid who put his hand up last night he demonstrated great leadership qualities and was a standout by far.

Also absolutely impressed also with Stedman Lefau who debuted well and put in some mean yards. im loving the Mangere East boys coming through and dominating! He reminds me a little of Ben Henrys style of play. This kid is to be watched!

Viliami Kaveinga in the halves?? Hes a fullback or should be on the wing. That kid has the experience of the Premier Sharman grade helping take his team into the Fox, CM Stingrays, and capped NZ U'18s two years running. We should capitalise on those strengths and experience.
wohsis!! Viliami gets called up to play on the wing... Well done Ackers for taking on board my recommendation lol
 
Heres the team list this week

U 20 Warriors...................... U 20 Sharks

1. Ngataua Hukatai ..............1. Taylar Garrett
2. Vili Lolohea............... ..2. Malcom Congoo
3. Lafu Feagaiga ..............3. Crete Waaka
4. David Fusitua ...............4. Anthony Moraitis
5. Viliami Kaveinga ...........5. Alan Niulesa
6. Tuimoala Lolohea .................6. Jake Walsh
7. Mason Lino .......................7. Alex Zarounas
8. Albert Vete .......................8. Tokerau Raru
9. Michael Sio .......................9. Fa'amanu Brown
10. Sam Lisone .....................10. Jack Broughton
11. Raymond Faitala-Mariner ...11. Patrice Siolo
12. Stedman Lefau ...................12. Michael Morris
13. David Bhana (c) ..................13. Winstone Asotasi

Interchange

14. Ken Maumalo .......................14. Sione Masima
15. Abraham Papalii ...................15. Masi Nona
16. Vincent Afoa .......................16. Benjamin Chahoud
17. Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard ......17. Nesiasi Mataitonga
18. Trent Bishop[DOUBLEPOST=1363738708,1363737472][/DOUBLEPOST]Watch out for Malcom Congoo, Scored a few trys against us last year when he played for Raiders U 20s. Tokerau Raru supposed to be a unit too. Anthony Moraitis is a young player with potential too
 
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Keep you're eyes peeled for another young 1st XV prospect Solomone Kata. In the 20's Squad but yet to get a run. Guys a Konrad Hurrell clone, Big, strong, fast.
Was running at centre in the Sacred Heart 1st XV fresh off the boat from Tonga, broke the line every time he got the ball.
Good goalkicker too. Defensively sound as far as I know too. Huge future!
 
Yeah Im keen to see Sam Cook get a Run, Has experience in Fox Prems and did pretty well there. I rate him in terms of potential as a first grader over Lino or Malu.
good to see sam cook at #18 . We might see him get a run this week. Would be keen to see how he goes in the 20's
 
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Couple changes to this weeks team from the team list that was issued on Tuesday. Ken Maumalo gets another crack at centre and James Taylor returns at prop...

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS
Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
3.45pm, Monday, April 1
Referees: David Munro and Shane Rehm
VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS
1 NGATAUA HUKATAI
2 VILIAMI KAVEINGA
3 KEN MAUMALO
4 DAVID FUSITUA
5 VILIAMI LOLOHEA
6 TUIMOALA LOLOHEA
7 MASON LINO
8 ALBERT VETE
9 MICHAEL SIO
10 JAMES TAYLOR
11 RAYMOND FAITALA-MARINER
12 STEDMAN LEFAU
13 DAVID BHANA (c)
Interchange:
14 TRENT BISHOP
15 ABRAHAM PAPALII
16 SAM LISONE
17 ADAM TUIMAVAVE-GERRARD
18 SAM COOK
20 VINCENT AFOA
21 SOLOMONE KATA
HEAD COACH: JOHN ACKLAND[DOUBLEPOST=1364970630,1364471974][/DOUBLEPOST]NYC: Settled side named for Rabbitohs

Richard Becht

Wednesday 3 April 2013 4:19 PM
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Winger Viliami Kaveinga gets an offload away against the Cowboys on Monday. He was the Vodafone Junior Warriors' top metre gainer in their 25-6 win. Photo: Photosport.

Vodafone Junior Warriors head coach John Ackland has been able to name a settled combination for the club’s fifth-round NYC contest against South Sydney at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday (1.45pm kick-off; match day sponsor: Canterbury of New Zealand).

The only change to the starting line-up used in Monday’s 25-6 win against North Queensland is the naming of James Taylor at prop.

He was originally picked to face the Cowboys but was ultimately replaced by Sam Lisone, who drops back to the interchange.

Aside from Taylor, the starting forward pack is now well-established with prop Albert Vete alongside hooker Michael Sio and back rowers Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Stedman Lefau and captain David Bhana.

Included on a six-man bench are winger Solomone Kata and prop Katamiro Atera, both yet to make their NYC debuts.

The Vodafone Junior Warriors will seek their third straight win on Sunday facing a South Sydney side with a one win-three loss record so far.

The Vodafone Junior Warriors’ performance against the Cowboys was one of the best they’ve produced in the competition; they missed just 22 tackles compared to North Queensland’s 46 and had only nine ineffective tackles while the Cowboys had 49.

The statistical markers with the ball provided further evidence the Vodafone Junior Warriors are gathering some momentum, having shown steady improvement in each of their last three outings against the Sydney Roosters, Cronulla and now the Cowboys.

The line breaks count on Monday was 7-0 in their favour, the offloads statistic was a whopping 30-6 and the metres gained numbers read 1639-1008.

In all 10 Vodafone Junior Warriors topped 100 metres (North Queensland had just one 100-plus player). The best for the home side were wingers Viliami Kaveinga (160) and Viliami Lolohea (157).

Bhana once again led the defensive numbers for his side with 40 tackles.

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS

Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
1.45pm, Sunday, April 7
Referees: Gavin Reynolds and Michael Wise

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS
1 NGATAUA HUKATAI
2 VILIAMI KAVEINGA
3 KEN MAUMALO
4 DAVID FUSITUA
5 VILIAMI LOLOHEA
6 TUIMOALA LOLOHEA
7 MASON LINO
8 ALBERT VETE
9 MICHAEL SIO
10 JAMES TAYLOR
11 RAYMOND FAITALA-MARINER
12 STEDMAN LEFAU
13 DAVID BHANA (c)
Interchange:
14 TRENT BISHOP
15 VINCENT AFOA
16 SAM LISONE
17 ADAM TUIMAVAVE-GERRARD
18 SOLOMONE KATA
20 KATAMIRO ATERA

HEAD COACH: JOHN ACKLAND
 
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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.
Match details:
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.
 
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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.
Match details:
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.

Hikutai was awesome, a magnificent game

Kata = same, great debut, powerful and skilful, great wheels, strong in the tackle. Big future..

Vete -Taylor-Lisone. Great props.

T.Lolohea-definitely a bit of class about this guy.

Sio-Great Hooker, passes straight away 9/10.
 
I thought Kata was a little over hyped by the commentators, he looked good, but other than his first try I didn't see to much special out of him. I didn't watch the full 80 but caught most of it. Great debut no doubt though!!
 
I thought Kata was a little over hyped by the commentators, he looked good, but other than his first try I didn't see to much special out of him. I didn't watch the full 80 but caught most of it. Great debut no doubt though!!

I thought the hype around Kata was warranted. That first try was brilliant. Had no right to score that.
Scored another which was set up by Hukutai but showed great support from a break & good speed to get there.
The flick pass to put away his outside man to score was genius. Don't see many kids on debut throwing those.

Could've possibly got involved a little bit more, but I thought when he did he involved he was threatening. Defense was very solid too.

Pretty bloody good debut if you ask me.
 
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If anything will hold this juniors side back it will be the play of the halves, it has been a step down from previous seasons. Key areas for their improvement would be structuring our attack more direct, and general play kicking game.
 
Is Lino really the best young halfback in Nz?

It's a worry-,

If anything will hold this juniors side back it will be the play of the halves, it has been a step down from previous seasons. Key areas for their improvement would be structuring our attack more direct, and general play kicking game.

Lolohea was good, has a bit of x factor about him, they are definitely missing a good organiser. That back line is mean though, mean as, Props are excellent, Sio is a great dummy half-slick passer with great running game (doesn't hold on to the ball forever every tackle) and a great defensive workrate- IMO the best U20s Hooker I have seen yet.
A lot to like about Mariner too.
 
It's a worry-,



Lolohea was good, has a bit of x factor about him, they are definitely missing a good organiser. That back line is mean though, mean as, Props are excellent, Sio is a great dummy half-slick passer with great running game (doesn't hold on to the ball forever every tackle) and a great defensive workrate- IMO the best U20s Hooker I have seen yet.
A lot to like about Mariner too.

Yeah Lolohea is good but he doesnt seem like a half; I would still like them to give Sam cook a run I think he could be better then Lino and Lolohea.
 
Is Lino really the best young halfback in Nz?
Probably not the best , but a pretty good organiser. I watched the game at Mt Smart and it looked that he controlled alot of the plays on defence and attack. I guess you don't the whole picture on tele when the camera is mostly on person with the ball.[DOUBLEPOST=1365578793][/DOUBLEPOST]
Yeah Lolohea is good but he doesnt seem like a half; I would still like them to give Sam cook a run I think he could be better then Lino and Lolohea.
yeah would be fair to give Sam Cook a run given this is may be his last year in 20's, but hard to see it happening with the way the team is gelling atm.
 
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Players in line to return to NYC

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Friday 12 April 2013 1:44 PM
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Vodafone Junior Warriors back rower Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard on a searching run in last weekend's NYC match against South Sydney. Photo: Photosport.

Vodafone Junior Warriors coach John Ackland recalled some players used earlier in the season when originally naming his squad for Saturday’s sixth-round NYC match against the Raiders at Canberra Stadium (5.15pm kick-off local time; 7.15pm NZT).

While retaining 16 of the 17 players used in the 46-14 trouncing of South Sydney, Ackland listed seven players on the bench including Eric Newbigging, Lafu Feagaiga and Ken Maulmalo plus potential debutant winger Esera Esera.

Newbigging, Feagaiga and Maumalo each made two appearances so far this year but weren’t involved in the match against the Rabbitohs.

Set to have their sixth consecutive outings of the 2013 campaign are fullback Ngataua Hukatai, wingers Viliami Kaveinga and Viliami Lolohea (although the latter has also been listed to play for the Auckland Vulcans this weekend), centre David Fusitua, halves Tuimoala Lolohea and Mason Lino, front rowers Albert Vete and Sam Lisone, hooker Michael Sio and second rower Raymond Faitala-Mariner.

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v CANBERRA RAIDERS

Canberra Stadium, Canberra
5.15pm, Saturday, April 13
Referee: Phil Henderson

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS
1 NGATAUA HUKATAI
2 VILIAMI KAVEINGA
3 SOLOMONE KATA
4 DAVID FUSITUA
5 VILIAMI LOLOHEA
6 TUIMOALA LOLOHEA
7 MASON LINO (c)
8 ALBERT VETE
9 MICHAEL SIO
10 SAM LISONE
11 RAYMOND FAITALA-MARINER
12 ADAM TUIMAVAVE-GERRARD
13 DAVID BHANA (c)

14 TRENT BISHOP
15 JAMES TAYLOR
16 STEDMAN LEFAU
17 ERIC NEWBIGGING
18 LAFU FEAGAIGA
20 KEN MAUMALO
21 ESERA ESERA

HEAD COACH: JOHN ACKLAND
 
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