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Vodafone Junior Warriors standoff Tuimoala Lolohea was back among the tries in tonight's huge win against Gold Coast. He picked up a double toi take his tally for the year to 17. Photo: Photosport

The Vodafone Junior Warriors put together their most convincing display in several weeks to trounce Gold Coast 44-12 in today's 24th-round NYC clash at Skilled Park in Robina.

Following a draw with lowly Manly and a disappointing effort against Penrith last Sunday, the Vodafone Junior Warriors rediscovered their mojo as they led 16-0 at halftime and then went on with it in the second half.

While they yielded two second half tries to the locals, they scored five more of their own to surge into fourth spot on the NYC table for the time being at least. They sit on 32 points and have also significantly boosted their points for and against equation to plus 134 points.

The Vodafone Junior Warriors opened confidently with tries to Michael Sio, Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard and Ngataua Hukatai inside 22 minutes.

Hukatai had a second in the second half while standoff Tuimoala Lolohea also picked up a double to take his try tally for the season to 17, ranking him among the top few in the competition.

Provisional stats had fullback David Fusitua making an exceptional 23 runs and gaining more than 250 metres while prop Albert Vete made more than 170 metres.

Match details:

At Skilled Park, Robina

Gold Coast Titans 12 (Kane Elgey 2 tries, 2 conversions).

Vodafone Junior Warriors 44 (Tuimoala Lolohea 2, Ngataua Hukatai 2, Michael Sio, Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard, Sione Feao, Kouma Samson tries; Mason Lino 6 conversions).

Halftime: 16-0 Vodafone Junior Warriors.

Referees: Peter Gough.

Vodafone Junior Warriors: David Fusitua; Metia Lisati, Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard, Ngataua Hukatai, Braxton Stanley; Tuimoala Lolohea, Mason Lino; Abraham Papalii, Michael Sio (c), Kouma Samson; Stedman Lefau, Sione Feao; Sam Cook. Interchange: Eko Malu, Sam Lisone, Albert Vete, Lafu Feagaiga.
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