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Kenese Kenese. Junior Warriors v Junior Sea Eagles, 2017 NYC Holden Cup Rugby League season at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. 27 August 2017. Copyright photo: Renee McKay /

The Vodafone Junior Warriors couldn't match it with fourth-placed Manly when they went down 12-52 in today's 25th-round NYC clash at Mount Smart Stadium.

Manly had the scoreboard in action with passes down the left edge giving Luke Polselli a try in the corner after six minutes.

Tries followed for hooker Manase Fainu under the posts and Alfred Smalley on the right edge, both unconverted pushing the lead to 14-0.

After a line break down the left from Polselli, a kick ahead to halfback Cade Cust saw him cross the line and it was 20-0.

The Vodafone Junior Warriors answered back with a long-range raid for Lee Turner to cross the line, Kane Telea making it 20-6.

Joseph Ma'u finished the half with Manly's fifth try, extending the lead to 26-6.

Pressure by Manly saw the Vodafone Junior Warriors make an early error in the second half handing the momentum to the opposition.

Tries followed to Jade Anderson, Smalley completing a hat-trick, Blake Andrews and Haumole Olakau’atu to push the lead out.

Vodafone Junior Warriors prop Kenese Kenese scored a late consolation try for the hosts to close another disappointing outing for the home side.



Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

Vodafone Junior Warriors 12 (Lee Turner, Kenese Kenese tries; Kane Telea conversions).

Manly Sea Eagles 52 (Alfred Smalley 3, Luke Polselli, Manase Fainu, Cade Cust, Joseph Ma’u, Jade Anderson, Blake Andrews, Haumole Olakau'atu tries; Tevita Funa 6 conversions).

Halftime: 26-6 Sea Eagles.

Vodafone Junior Warriors | Lee Turner; Dean Kouka-Smith, Gibson Popoalii, Kane Telea, Edward Vaeau-Mulitalo; Paul Turner, Melino Fineanganofo; Chris Sio (c), Eiden Ackland, Kenese Kenese (c); Tyler Slade, Havi Tupouniua; Joe Vuna. Interchange: Tayhler Paora, Dylan Tavita, Donovan Briggs, Soane Hufanga.

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