General U20s Team

Watched some Fox on Maori TV yesterday, Abraham Papili, he is a beast. Get him in there every week, future star written all over him. Massive unit, and was a centre a couple seasons ago!Made 2 break away tries, not bad for a prop
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Watched some Fox on Maori TV yesterday, Abraham Papili, he is a beast. Get him in there every week, future star written all over him. Massive unit, and was a centre a couple seasons ago!Made 2 break away tries, not bad for a prop

Physically he's got the goods IMO , though TBH the kid has a long way to go; he played us a few weeks back and was bent back a few times, soft hit ups the boys reckon, hand braked a few times, took some heavy hits never recovered; The part of his game I liked was his off loading, he sucked in a few defenders and popped some good ball for 2nd phase.
Havilli is playing for the u20's tonight...wonder why

He was just keen to get a free trip to brisbane.

ANy way

Try scorers tonight

Elijah Alick 33m
Corey Oates 47m
Duncan Paia'Aua 80m
Viliami Kaveinga 8m
Tuimoala Lolohea 15m
Villiami Lolohea 19m
Solomone Kata 24m
Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard 39m
David Bhana 44m
Solomone Kata 54m
David Bhana 59m

and stats

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NYC: Broncos 20, Vodafone Junior Warriors 46

Richard Becht

Monday 3 June 2013 8:15 PM

Centre Solomone Kata bagged a haul of 22 points as the Vodafone Junior Warriors swamped Brisbane 46-20 in tonight's 12th-round NYC clash at Suncorp Stadium. Photo: Photosport.
An eight-try blitz carried the Vodafone Junior Warriors into the NYC’s top four as they trounced Brisbane 46-20 in Monday night’s 12th-round clash at Suncorp Stadium.
They looked set to crack 50 points and perhaps a lot more leading 46-8 after their eighth try with 21 minutes still to play but, despite failing to add to their tally, this was a potent performance.
The Vodafone Junior Warriors went into this round fifth on the table, a point behind the Brisbane side.
It soon became evident they were well on course to win this contest with four tries in the opening 24 minutes.
After being suspended since April 13, winger Viliami Kaveinga needed only eight minutes of his comeback game to score his side’s first try. And all top quickly Tuimoala Lolohea, Viliami Lolohea and Solomone Kata had also crossed, Kata converting three for a 22-0 advantage.
Right on halftime Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard had added the fifth try to have his side leading 28-4.
There was no let-off in the telling third quarter as there had been against Penrith two weeks earlier. Instead the Vodafone Junior Warriors settled into the work well, creating two tries for captain David Bhana and a second for the match for Kata.
The powerful centre finished with 22 points from his two tries and seven goals from eight attempts.
Match details:
At Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Brisbane Broncos 20 (Elijah Alick, Corey Oates, Kodi Nikorima, Duncan Paia'Aua tries; Cameron Cullen 2 conversions).
Vodafone Junior Warriors 46 (Solomone Kata 2, David Bhana 2, Viliami Kaveinga, Tuimoala Lolohea, Viliami Lolohea, Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard tries; Solomone Kata 7 conversions).
Halftime: 28-4 Vodafone Junior Warriors.
Referees: Chris Anderson.
Vodafone Junior Warriors: David Fusitua; Viliami Kaveinga, Solomone Kata, Eric Newbigging, Viliami Lolohea; Tuimoala Lolohea, Eko Malu; Sam Lisone, Siliva Havili, Albert Vete; Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Stedman Lefau; David Bhana (c). Interchange: Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard, Michael Sio, Vincent Afoa, Toafofoa Sipley.[DOUBLEPOST=1370303738][/DOUBLEPOST]The U20s are 4th and haven't had a bye yet.
Glad too eat my words on Tui Lolohea...didn't see what the hype was at start of year...but he is getting better every week, he could be in high demand from other clubs,great pace too
He is a Gun, Ackland doesn't seem to be much of a fan though...I hope he has another year of 20s left...

From his profile on - born in January 95 - making him just 18 this season - is it a 1 Jan cut off for U20s? If so - he's still got two years left in him...

Side note - there wasn't much more on his profile than his birthday - no height or weight even...
From his profile on - born in January 95 - making him just 18 this season - is it a 1 Jan cut off for U20s? If so - he's still got two years left in him...

Side note - there wasn't much more on his profile than his birthday - no height or weight even...

I have been looking at that all season they finally updated it....that does mean he has 2 full seasons left wow..Lock him in for 5 years..
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From the official site;

NYC: Vodafone Junior Warriors 34, Brisbane 28

Richard Becht

Sunday 30 June 2013 5:43 PM

Vodafone Junior Warriors second rower-centre Eric Newbigging scores his first NYC try in today's encounter with Brisbane. Photo: Photosport.
Abraham Papalii’s barnstorming try at the death carried the Vodafone Junior Warriors to a come-from-behind 34-28 win over Brisbane in today’s 16th-round NYC match at Mount Smart Stadium.
The late victory – the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ ninth win so far – lifted them to 21 points and spot inside the top four for the first time this season.
They used a vastly different line-up with four of their most experienced performers (David Fusitua, David Bhana, Raymond Faitala-Mariner and Albert Vete) all playing for the Vulcans in the New South Wales Cup today.
They were also without injured centre Solomone Kata, who has scored 88 points in 10 games so far.
The Broncos, beaten 46-20 when the sides met in Brisbane four weeks ago, were a much-changed proposition, too.
Playing at high tempo they threw plenty of threats at the home side, coming back from a 12-16 halftime deficit to lead 28-22 with 24 minutes to play.
But first fullback Tuimoala Lolohea exploded from 40 metres out to score his second try, also converting it to make it 28-28 with 12 minutes still to play.
There was a sense the Vodafone Junior Warriors were coming home with a wet sail.
While they left it a little late the winner was almost inevitable, coming as schoolboy rugby union star Papalii powered through defenders to score between the posts, Lolohea’s conversion giving the Vodafone Junior Warriors a six-point victory.
Earlier fill-in centre Eric Newbigging and hooker Kurt Robinson all scored their first tries in NYC football while prop James Taylor showed immense strength to snare his first try of the year.
Lolohea, moved from standoff to fullback, finished with 18 points from his two tries and five conversions from six attempts. He has overtaken Kata as the team’s leading try scorer with 12 tries in 15 games this season.
Match details:
At Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
Vodafone Junior Warriors 34 (Tuimoala Lolohea 2, Eric Newbigging, James Taylor, Kurt Robinson, Abraham Papalii tries; Tuimoala Lolohea 5 conversions).
Brisbane Broncos 28 (Corey Oates 3, Paul Byrnes, Duncan Paia’aua tries; Duncan Paia’aua 4 conversions).
Halftime: 16-12 Vodafone Junior Warriors.
Referee: Chris Buller.
Vodafone Junior Warriors: Tuimoala Lolohea; Metia Lisati, Eric Newbigging, Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard, Viliami Lolohea; Sam Cook, Eko Malu; Abraham Papalii, Michael Sio (c), James Taylor; Sione Feao, Toafofoa Sipley; Stedman Lefau. Interchange: Ken Maumalo, Kurt Robinson, Sam Lisone, Katamiro Atera.
From the official club site;

NYC: Rabbitohs 40, Vodafone Junior Warriors 38

Richard Becht

Saturday 6 July 2013 3:50 PM

Fullback Tuimoala Lolohea scored his 13th try of the season and kicked five goals as well but the Vodafone Junior Warriors were denied in a 78-point NYC thriller against South Sydney today. Photo: Photosport.
Another pulsating comeback win was just out of reach for the Vodafone Junior Warriors when they lost 38-40 to South Sydney in their 17th-round NYC clash at Redfern Oval in Sydney today.
The fourth-placed Auckland side had to draw on their recovery powers to beat the Brisbane Broncos last Sunday, hitting the visitors with two late tries to win 34-28.
Their predicament was even more extreme today as they found themselves down by 18 points at halftime and again twice in the second half.
After going to the break 12-30 behind following a frantic first half which yielded a total of eight tries and 42 points, the early pattern in the second term was very much a case of each side returning fire.
First the Vodafone Junior Warriors scored but just as quickly South Sydney replied. The pattern was repeated a few minutes later to leave the Rabbitohs still leading by 18 points – 40-22 – with 22 minutes to play.
The Vodafone Junior Warriors refused to be frustrated, though.
In the 62nd minute, hooker Siliva Havili put prop Albert Vete over for his sixth try of the season, Tuimoala Lolohea converting to leave the Vodafone Junior Warriors just 12 points in arrears 28-40 with plenty of time left.
The equation became even more favourable six minutes later when Vete offloaded and Havili set Lolohea free. The fullback shot through, beat the fullback to score his 13th try of the year and also added the conversion to have his side only 34-40 behind with 12 minutes still to play.
The odds were now definitely improving and shortened further when Eko Malu threw a great ball for Michael Sio to score out wide. While Lolohea’s conversion just missed to leave the score 38-40, there was still nine minutes to go, usually enough time for the Vodafone Junior Warriors to engineer a match-winner.
Try as they might it didn’t come, though. The cumulative effect of being behind for so much of the match plus South Sydney’s defensive desperation narrowly won the day for the home side in a match which produced an exceptional scoring rate throughout. Doubtless diehard purists would have a different view but those who believe points equals entertainment weren’t disappointed after a contest which produced a total of 15 tries and 78 points.
While Lolohea could have drawn the match with his final conversion attempt it could also be pointed out the Rabbitohs converted only four of their eight tries.
Earlier the Vodafone Junior Warriors had started confidently with an early James Taylor try only to lapse defensively as the Rabbitohs put on four tries in reply to lead 20-6 after only 20 minutes.
Despite the loss the Vodafone Junior Warriors remain fourth on the table as they head into their second bye before facing Wests Tigers, currently just one point behind them, at Leichhardt Oval on July 19.
Match details:
At Redfern Oval, Sydney
South Sydney Rabbitohs 40 (Cameron McInnes 2, Aaron Gray, Bradley Croad, Jake Watts, Tyrone Phillips, Alex Johnston, Offa Felila tries; Cameron McInnes 4 conversions).
Vodafone Junior Warriors 38 (Michael Sio 2, James Taylor, Sam Cook, Sam Lisone, Albert Vete, Tuimoala Lolohea tries; Tuimoala Lolohea 5 conversions).
Halftime: 30-12 Rabbitohs.
Referee: Matt Noyen.
Vodafone Junior Warriors: Tuimoala Lolohea; Metia Lisati, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, David Fusitua, Viliami Lolohea; Sam Cook, Eko Malu; Abraham Papalii, Siliva Havili, James Taylor; Sione Feao, Michael Sio; David Bhana (c). Interchange: Albert Vete, Toafofoa Sipley, Sam Lisone, Stedman Lefau
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