NYC: Broncos 20, Vodafone Junior Warriors 46

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 NYCs top four as they trounced Brisbane 46-20 in Monday nights 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 sides 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.