You have skipped the navigation, tab for page content
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 / www.photosport.nz

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.

Acknowledgement of Country

The New Zealand Warriors honour the mana of the Indigenous peoples of Aotearoa, Australia and the Pacific. We acknowledge the traditional kaitiaki of the lands, elders past and present, their stories, their traditions, their mamae and their mana motuhake.

Principal Partner

Major Partners

Official Sponsors

VIEW ALL PARTNERS