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Intrust Super Premiership NSW. Warriors v Knights. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday 5 March 2017. © Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga /

Newtown scorched to a commanding 38-12 victory over the second-placed Vodafone Warriors in today's 20th-round Intrust Super Premiership match at Henson Park in Sydney.

The Jets launched their victory flight in the second minute with an Edrick Lee try and seldom let up from that moment on.

Indeed, it took 67 minutes before the Vodafone Warriors bothered the scoreboard attendants via a Daniel Palavi try.

The disappointing display followed last week's solid 28-14 success over Illawarra, the Vodafone Warriors unable to settle against a Newtown side which had all the possession in the first half to open up an unassailable lead.

The Vodafone Warriors were without a number of regulars with captain Mason Lino, front rower Chris Satae and wing Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad in Townsville with the NRL squad and second rower Isaiah Papali'i on NYC duty.

With a rearranged line-up, the Vodafone Warriors never got a foothold in the contest other than a period towards the end of the match when they sparked up for the last two tries of the day to Palavi and hooker Manaia Cherrington.

Those tries meant the Vodafone Warriors outscored the Jets 12-10 in the second half but they were 0-38 behind before they opened their account.

Early on it was strictly one-way traffic.

Lee's try was followed quickly by three more to Adam Clydsdale, Leigh Higgins and Joseph Paulo to take the Jets out to a 22-0 advantage before Sam Tagataese's first try made it 28-0 at halftime.

With further tries to Reubenn Rennie and Tagataese, Newtown was up 38-0 after 63 minutes before the Vodafone Warriors enjoyed limited reward.



Henson Park, Sydney

Newtown Jets 38 (Sam Tagataese 2, Edrick Lee, Adam Clydsdale, Leigh Higgins, Joseph Paulo, Reubenn Rennie tries; Joseph Paulo 4 conversions; Kurt Kara conversion).

Vodafone Warriors 12 (Daniel Palavi, Jazz Tevaga tries; Junior Pauga 2 conversions).

Halftime: 28-0 Jets.

Vodafone Warriors | Zac Santo; Paulos Latu, Matt Allwood, Junior Pauga, Bureta Faraimo; Sam Cook, Jazz Tevaga; Patrick Sipley, Manaia Cherrington, Daniel Palavi; Johnny Vuetibau, King Vuniyayawa; James Bell (c). Interchange: Ofahiki Ogden, Toafofoa Sipley, Reece Charlie, Kenese Kenese.

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