The Vodafone Junior Warriors have moved up to third on the ladder after handing the previously unbeaten Brisbane Broncos a 40-14 defeat in today’s fourth-round NYC clash at Mount Smart Stadium.
It was their third straight victory following 44-24 and 38-10 wins over the Raiders and the Eels, taking their total of points scored to 122 in those three victories while conceding only 48.
After leading Brisbane only 16-10 at halftime, the Vodafone Warriors dominated the second spell with debutant wing Levi McBirney among the try scorers.
Standoff Ata Hingano's points harvest continued, scoring a try and kicking six goals for 16 points.
Match details | Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
Vodafone Junior Warriors 40 (Brad Abbey 2, Ofahiki Ogden, Tomas Aoake, Jazz Tevaga, Levi McBirney, Ata Hingano tries; Ata Hingano 5 conversions, penalty).
Brisbane Broncos 14 (Jordan Drew, Jayden Berrell, Kalolo Saitaua tries; Ashley Taylor conversion).
Halftime: 16-10 Vodafone Junior Warriors.
Referee: Shane Rehm.
Vodafone Junior Warriors: Brad Abbey; Tomas Aoake, Semisi Tyrell, Marata Niukore, Levi McBirney; Ata Hingano, Erin Clark; Bunty Afoa, Nathaniel Roache, Toafoafoa Sipley (c); Ofahiki Ogden, Matiu Love-Henry; Jazz Tevaga. Interchange: Sheldon Pitama, Roman Tuhimata, Amoni Tufui, Joseph Price.