First-year coach Willie Swann savoured his debut New South Wales Cup victory as the Auckland Vulcans beat 2012 premiership-winning Newtown 24-12 in todays second-round encounter at Mount Smart Stadium.
Several players from the Vodafone Warriors NRL squad were key contributors in an impressive performance a week after the Vulcans had been undone by a late penalty in their 24-26 defeat by Manly.
Halfback Harry Siejka scored a try and kicked two goals while two of the other three tries went to Vodafone Junior Warriors hooker Trent Bishop and centre Atelea Nafetalai, who both trained with the Vodafone Warriors throughout the offseason. Winger Ngani Laumape, still NYC eligible this year, kicked two goals as well.
The Vulcans worked their way to a 10-0 lead at the break before going on to claim a critical victory over such highly-rated opposition.
Props Charlie Gubb and Suaia Matagi, both now signed by the Vodafone Warriors on fulltime NRL contracts, had outstanding games as did interchange forward and former Vodafone Junior Warrior Agnatius Paasi.
Siejka, signed by the Vodafone Warriors from Penrith, also impressed as did Laumape. Siejka left the field later with suspected concussion while Gubb was also forced off after taking a knock on his jaw.
The Vulcans are on the road again next week when they face Newcastle.
At Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
Auckland Vulcans 24 (Harry Siejka, Steve Waetford, Trent Bishop, Atelea Nafetalai tries; Harry Siejka conversion, penalty; Ngani Laumape conversion, penalty).
Newtown Jets 12 (Saulala Houma, Kane Evans tries; Chris Taripo 2 conversions).
Halftime: 10-0 Vulcans.
Referee: Jamal Thompson.
Vulcans: Zoram Watene; Steve Waetford, Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, Atelea Nafetalai, Ngani Laumape; Aaron Nootai, Harry Siejka; Charlie Gubb, Alehana Mara, Suaia Matagi; John Palavi, Dominique Peyroux; Murray Iti. Interchange: Trent Bishop, Agnatius Paasi, Sio Siua Taukeiaho, Daniel Palavi.