NYC: Vodafone Junior Warriors 52, Manly 20

Vodafone Junior Warriors standoff Tuimoala Lolohea surging over for one of his two tries against Manly in today's NYC match. Photo: Photosport.


The Vodafone Junior Warriors trounced Manly today to finish the week with 98 points and 18 tries from two NYC wins in the space of six days.


They started their spree by pounding Brisbane 46-20 on Monday night and inflicted similar damage in beating the Sea Eagles 52-20 in todays 13th-round clash at Mount Smart Stadium.


After scoring 22 points against the Broncos, centre Solomone Kata harvested another 24 points from this win with three tries and six goals, a total of 46 points from five tries and 13 goals in the two matches.


Also making the most of it in another freewheeling exhibition were standoff Tuimoala Lolohea, right winger Viliami Lolohea and prop Albert Vete. The unrelated Loloheas scored a try each on Monday night and today they both had doubles, Tuimoala in particular electric yet again. Still a student at Kelston Boys High School, his spectacular footwork, speed and ball handling were on full show throughout the contest as he made 186 metres, eight tackle breaks and three line breaks. Vete again ate up the metres and complemented his work with two tries, almost scoring a third.


It was the first time the Vodafone Junior Warriors had topped 50 points in a game this year after going close against Brisbane and also South Sydney earlier in the season. The 32-point margin equalled the teams biggest for the year so far (the South Sydney margin was also 32 points in the 46-14 victory).


The result consolidated the clubs hold on fourth spot on 17 points, five behind the table-topping Penrith.


Next Saturday night the Vodafone Junior Warriors meet the third-placed Sydney Roosters (20) at Allianz Stadium. The Roosters ended the 2010-2011 premiers campaign last year.


Match details:



At Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

Vodafone Junior Warriors 52 (Solomone Kata 3, Viliami Lolohea 2, Tuimoala Lolohea 2, Albert Vete 2, David Fusitua tries; Solomone Kata 6 conversions).

Manly Sea Eagles 20 (Mitchell Manson, Clinton Gutherson, Liam Knight, Jake Trbojevic tries; Clinton Gutherson conversion; Regan Haika conversion).

Halftime: 28-10 Vodafone Junior Warriors.

Referees: Adam Gee and Peter Gough.


Vodafone Junior Warriors: David Fusitua; Viliami Kaveinga, Solomone Kata, Ken Maumalo, Viliami Lolohea; Tuimoala Lolohea, Eko Malu; Albert Vete, Michael Sio, Abraham Papalii; Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Stedman Lefau; David Bhana (c). Interchange: Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard, Sam Lisone, Toafofoa Sipley, Kurt Robinson.