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Junior Pauga scores a try for the Warriors during the Holden Cup match Warriors v Paramatta Eels at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday 4 September 2016. Auckland, New Zealand. © Copyright Photo: Fiona Goodall /

Finals-bound Parramatta handed the Vodafone Junior Warriors a 32-18 defeat to end their 2016 NYC campaign at Mount Smart Stadium today.

The home side opened brightly when Eiden Ackland’s grubber produced a try for his halves partner Dylan Tavita but the Eels produced three tries in quick succession soon after to take the lead.

By halftime they were 22-12 ahead and had another two tries in the opening 15 minutes of the second half to take firm control of the contest at 32-12.

The signs were ominous but the Vodafone Junior Warriors battled bravely on defence to prevent the visitors scoring again and also created a try of their own for wing Preston Riki to lose by 14 points.

It finished a season in which more than 20 players made their debuts for the club’s NYC side, the newest of them Keanu Laumatia-Paki today.

Match details | Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland  

Vodafone Junior Warriors 18 (Dylan Tavita, Lewis Soosemea, Preston Riki tries; Kane Telea 3 conversions).

Parramatta Eels 32 (James Gammidge 2, Dean Matterson, Kelepi Manu, Jack Morris, Tui Afualo tries; Michael Doolan 4 conversions).

Halftime: 22-12 Eels.

Referee: Adam Cassidy.

Vodafone Junior Warriors | Kane Telea; Lewis Soosemea, Junior Pauga, Matt Faitotoa, Preston Riki; Dylan Tavita, Eiden Ackland; Kenese Kenese, Sheldon Pitama (c), Mattais Heimuli; Marata Niukore, Joseph Price; Chris Sio. Interchange: Joseph Vuna, Cyrus Timo-Latu, Tyler Mohi, Keanu Laumatia-Paki.

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