Vodafone Junior Warriors winger Viliami Lolohea (pictured) bagged four tries as the Auckland Vulcans routed Wentworthville 44-10 in their New South Wales Cup match on Mount Smart Stadiums No 2 ground today. Photo: Photosport


The 20-year-old scored his sides first two tries of the match and then added two more in the second half as the Vulcans surged to a win which kept them in seventh spot on the ladder as well as providing a timely boost to their points for and against equation.


Lolohea was one of five NYC-eligible players appearing for the Vulcans today, the other four all on the interchange hooker Siliva Havili, loose forward David Bhana, second rower Raymond Faitala-Mariner and prop Albert Vete.


Only two of the 17-man squad fullback Steve Waetford and winger Tangi Ropati werent members of the Vodafone Warriors NRL or NYC squads.


The Vulcans opened the scoring through Lolohea off a nice Pita Godinet kick before being checked soon after as Wentworthville crossed for what would be one of only two tries it scored.


By halftime the Vulcans had three more tries. First Lolohea scored, followed by Sam Lousi ploughing over and finally the first of two tries to Sebastine Ikahihifo. Just one was converted giving the Vulcans an 18-4 lead at the break.


It quickly became 30-4 on the back of two converted tries, Lolohea sealing his hat-trick and Sio Suia Taukeiaho going 40 metres after picking off a Chris Sandow pass.


A Kenny Edwards try interrupted the flow briefly before the Vulcans finished strongly with three more tries.


Vodafone Warriors 11-season NRL veteran Jerome Ropati set up Ikahihifo for his second, Lousi laid on Loloheas fourth and high-priced reserve grader Sandow had a second pass intercepted for Carlos Tuimavave to score.


The Vulcans are at home again next Saturday, taking on Canterbury-Bankstown on Mount Smart Stadium No 2.


Match details:


At Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

Auckland Vulcans 44 (Viliami Lolohea 4, Sebastine Ikahihifo 2, Sam Lousi, Sio Siua Taukeiaho, Carlos Tuimavave tries; Sio Siua Taukeiaho 3 conversions; Pita Godinet conversion).

Wenworthville 10 (Pat Mataele, Manu Mau tries; Chris Sandow conversion).

Halftime: 18-4 Vulcans.

Referee: Daniel Caddy.


Vulcans: Steve Waetford; Viliami Lolohea, Sio Siua Taukeiaho, Jerome Ropati, Tangi Ropati; Carlos Tuimavave, Pita Godinet; Russell Packer, Alehana Mara, Sebastine Ikahihifo; John Palavi, Sam Lousi; Sebastine Ikahihifo. Interchange: Siliva Havili, David Bhana, Raymond Faitala-Peteru, Albert Vete.