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Tayhler Paora. Junior Warriors v Junior Sharks, Round 21 of the 2017 NYC Holden Cup Rugby League season at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. 28 July 2017. Copyright photo: Renee McKay /

The Vodafone Junior Warriors' challenging campaign was hit by more disappointment with a crushing 4-70 loss to Newcastle in today's 22nd-round NYC match at McDonald Jones Stadium.

The Knights romped to a 42-0 halftime lead with seven converted tries.

Wing Gibson Popoalii scored the Vodafone Junior Warriors' only points with a try early in the second half but Newcastle picked up another five tries to finish with its biggest NYC victory.



McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle

Newcastle Knights 70 (Matt Cooper 2, Hayden Loughrey 2, Pasami Saulo, Cameron King, Brodie Jones, Heath Gibbs, Cory Denniss, Mitch Andrews, Nash Birch, Zac Hosking tries; Jack Johns 6 conversions; Matt Cooper 5 conversions).

Vodafone Junior Warriors 4 (Gibson Popoalii try).

Halftime: 42-0 Knights.

Vodafone Junior Warriors | Lee Turner; Dean Kouka-Smith, Melino Fineanganofo, Kane Telea, Gibson Popoalii; Paul Turner, Chanel Harris-Tavita; Troy Pulupaki, Dylan Tavita, Tayhler Paora; Tyler Slade, Joe Vuna; Chris Sio (c). Interchange: Lewis Sio, Kelepi Lui, Jeroma Mamea, Havi Tupouniua.

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