The Vodafone Junior Warriors will return home chastened after a disappointing 8-46 loss to Parramatta in their opening match of the 2013 NYC season at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday.
The John Ackland-coached side made an ideal start to their sixth NYC campaign with a brilliant try from 80 metres out to winger Viliami Lolohea.
Moments earlier fullback Tuimoala Lolohea had been close to scoring but a lead of 4-0 after three minutes evaporated on a hot afternoon as the Parramatta side raced away with the contest.
By halftime the Eels had already scored six tries to lead 32-4 on the back of key stats that were all one way. The Vodafone Junior Warriors had just 12 sets in possession in the first 40 minutes and had already made 153 tackles to Parramattas 77.
The effort improved in the third quarter as the Vodafone Junior Warriors held the Eels for the first 19 minutes but they couldnt make any inroads before ultimately conceding three more tries while countering with a consolation try by centre Ngataua Hukatai.
Another negative was a leg injury which forced the talented David Fusitua off the field.
As always captain David Bhana was a colossus on defence making 43 tackles.
At Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta
Parramatta Eels 46 (Vai Toutai 2, Zach Dockar-Clay 2, Takai Moeakiola 2, Kelepi Tanginoa, Mitchell Brasington, John Folau tries; Mitchell Brasington 5 conversions).
Vodafone Junior Warriors 8 (Viliami Lolohea, Ngataua Hukatai tries).
Halftime: 32-4 Eels.
Referees: Dave Munro and Matt Noyen.
Vodafone Junior Warriors: Tuimoala Lolohea; Viliami Lolohea, Ngataua Hukatai, Sione Feao, David Fusitua; Eko Malu, Mason Lino; Albert Vete, Michael Sio, James Taylor; Raymond Faitalaa-Mariner, Kouma Samson; David Bhana (c). Interchange: Viliami Kaveinga, Tama Koopu, Sam Lisone, Eric Newbigging.