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mt.wellington

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Vodafone Warriors stunned by Magpies
Jamie Wall NSWRL.com.au
Sat 7 July 2018, 12:58 PM

The Wentworthville Magpies have made sure their trip across the Tasman was a fruitful one, scoring an upset 30-22 win in Auckland on Saturday.

The Warriors once again shifted their home field to Auckland's North Shore, where they’ve been using North Harbour Stadium to host Intrust Super Premiership fixtures. Chanel Harris-Tavita recovered from a knock to the face that forced him from the field last weekend against Mounties, and once again partnered with Mason Lino in the halves. The Warriors also welcomed back Anthony Gelling to the centres, after a week that saw him sign a two-year deal to play at Widnes in the Super League.

Meanwhile, the big news was that former New South Wales, Kangaroo and Tongan rep Michael Jennings would be lining up for Wentworthville. He strode out to take his place in the centres, however he’d find himself outfoxed early as the Warriors made a perfect start.

After the Magpies gifted them a tackle count reset and penalty, Gelling exploited a gap on the left edge to send Fetalaiga Paunga over for the game’s first try after only two minutes.

However, it didn’t take long for the visitors to hit back. Winger Greg Leleisiuao bashed his way over from close range to make the score 6-4 early, before the game settled down.

Blake Ayshford continued his good run of form, scoring in the 14th minute after a Magpies high shot. It gifted the Warriors a penalty straight out in front of the posts, but their decision to run it paid off when the centre stepped his way through two tackles to score out wide. Not long after, Hayze Perham picked on that same right edge to glide through a gap and across the line, extending the Warriors’ lead to 12 after Mason Lino nailed the sideline conversion.

The Magpies wouldn’t lie down though, and it was Jennings who got them back in touch with a lovely try. He hit a gap 30 metres out from the line, showing the pace that has made him one of the NRL's most electric players throughout his career. The Magpies continued to impress late in the first half, but couldn’t make any more dents in the 16-8 deficit before the siren sounded.

After the game resumed, the Warriors caught the Magpies napping with a try to King Vuniyayawa. The second-rower muscled his way over, and Lino’s conversion gave the Warriors a comfortable lead to defend.

Once again the Magpies hit back after a grinding period of play, this time off a Warriors penalty for being offside. After sending a couple of big men at the line, Nick Kassis rumbled over next to the posts to give his side a fighting chance with 16 minutes to go.

A high shot by Vuniyayawa saw him go on report, and handed the Magpies a golden opportunity after 70 minutes. They cashed in with a try to Edward Aino, and the conversion from Nathan Davis made it a two-point game.

The visitors didn’t wait long to grab the lead, either, as a hopeful kick ended with a wicked bounce away from Perham’s arms. Jennings grabbed the loose ball and popped an offload for Piki Rogers to score, who was engulfed with jubilant teammates next to the posts.

The Magpies followed the try up with a big defensive set, forcing Gelling into touch 30 metres out from his line. It kept the ball down the Warriors' end and when the Magpies were awarded a penalty near the posts, they were able to kill a lot of the remaining time with a Davis shot at goal. He repeated the dose on the final play, making the score 30-22.

The loss now heaps some pressure on the Warriors when they face a strong Penrith side in Round 18, once again at North Harbour Stadium. Meanwhile, Wentworthville have a tough assignment against St George Illawarra at Jubilee Oval.

Wentworthville Magpies 30 (N Kassis, G Leleisiuao, M Jennings, E Aino, P Rogers tries; N Davis 5 goals) def Warriors 22 (F Paunga, B Ayshford , H Perham, K Vuniyayawa tries; M Lino 3 goals)

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2018/07/07/vodafone-warriors-stunned-by-magpies/
 

mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
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Mt. Wellington, Auckland
ISP team for 18th round
Richard Becht & Photosport.nz
Tue 10 Jul 2018, 04:01 PM

The Penrith Panthers will pose a stern challenge for the Vodafone Warriors in both the Intrust Super Premiership and Jersey Flegg Cup 18th-round matches at QBE North Harbour Stadium on Sunday.

The sixth-placed ISP side encounters a Penrith outfit sitting three points clear at the top of the table on a run of three straights wins.

And the Vodafone Junior Warriors, who lost 10-18 in a tough grind against the Eels last Saturday, face a Panthers team lying second two points off the pace.

The John Teina-coached ISP side let slip a good lead in going down 22-30 to Wentworthville last Saturday.

The Vodafone Warriors are showing some changes in their line-up named today with centre Anthony Gelling included on the NRL interchange along with second rower Joe Vuna. They’ve also lost Sam Lisone through suspension as well as exciting young interchange forward Tom Ale to injury.

With Lisone out, King Vuniyayawa is named in the front row and Jersey Flegg-eligible Preston Riki is selected in the second row. Coming into the centres for Gelling is former Vodafone Junior Warrior Francis Leger.

INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP
VODAFONE WARRIORS v PENRITH PANTHERS
1.00pm, Sunday, July 15
QBE North Harbour Stadium, Auckland

1 HAYZE PERHAM
2 CHARNZE NICOLL-KLOKSTAD
3 FRANCIS LEGER
4 BLAKE AYSHFORD
5 JUNIOR PAUGA
6 SAM COOK
7 MASON LINO (c)
8 PAT SIPLEY
9 KARL LAWTON
10 KING VUNIYAYAWA
11 MATIU LOVE-HENRY
12 PRESTON RIKI
13 JAMES BELL (c)

14 REECE CHARLIE
15 PAEA MANUKIA
16 WESLEY VEIKOSO
17 TRENT SCHAUMKEL
18 TEVIN ARONA

COACH | JOHN TEINA

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2018/07/10/isp-and-jersey-flegg-teams-for-18th-round/
 

ForTheLoveOfGod

1st Grade Fringe
Sep 5, 2017
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Good to see Francis Leger back. Been a long road for him after his injury.

Preston Riki is one to watch. Still eligible for Jersey Flegg and is huge. Real damaging runner with ball skills to boot...

Preston Riki is a huge body and he seems to have a bit of aggression in his game. You would like to think that the Warriors will hold on to him and put time and resources into developing him.
 
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mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
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Mt. Wellington, Auckland
Preston Riki is a huge body and he seems to have a bit of aggression in his game. You would like to think that the Warriors will hold on to him and put time and resources into developing him.
Didn't get to see him debut last week but the games I have seen of him in Jersey Flegg he has just dominated. Runs hard, regularly busts tackles and always looking for the offload. Plays awesome link especially on the left edge. He trains hard he will no doubt get to play NRL. Really excited to see how he goes these next couple of years...
 

ForTheLoveOfGod

1st Grade Fringe
Sep 5, 2017
250
Didn't get to see him debut last week but the games I have seen of him in Jersey Flegg he has just dominated. Runs hard, regularly busts tackles and always looking for the offload. Plays awesome link especially on the left edge. He trains hard he will no doubt get to play NRL. Really excited to see how he goes these next couple of years...

I think with Tom Ale and Preston Riki the Warriors have two of the better forwards to come through in years - on potential alone id rate them ahead of the likes of Vuna and Lisone . These two are very aggressive and powerful and should both have NRL careers. Id be gutted if we did not develop either of them.
 

TheCool

1st Grade Fringe
Jul 18, 2013
1,991
Preston Riki is one to watch. Still eligible for Jersey Flegg and is huge. Real damaging runner with ball skills to boot...
Preston Riki is the definition of a project player that has turned out well. When he was scouted he had an enormous frame (I think he's 6'4) but was very skinny. Now 3 years later, he's put on muscle and looks like an absolute unit. He's literally transformed from a skinny winger into an aggressive prop/second rower - call it the reverse Ken Maumalo. But he's really turning into the full package. He's now got an offload and footwork at the line to add to the raw athletic ability he always had.
I think with Tom Ale and Preston Riki the Warriors have two of the better forwards to come through in years - on potential alone id rate them ahead of the likes of Vuna and Lisone . These two are very aggressive and powerful and should both have NRL careers. Id be gutted if we did not develop either of them.
Tom Ale man, fuuuck, this might be a bit of an early take, but I rate his potential on par with Isaiah Papalii. Kid absolutely has it all.
 

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