An impressive first half was the catalyst for the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ first win of the season when they beat Wests Tigers 26-10 in today’s fifth-round Jersey Flegg Cup clash at Campbelltown Sports Stadium in Sydney.
With four tries including a double to hooker Lewis Sio, the Ricky Henry-coached under-20 side had a convincing 20-0 lead at the break.
While they managed just one more try in the second spell – centre Tom Ale’s second of the match – the Vodafone Junior Warriors conceded just two to run out deserved 16-point winners.
The win ended a run of four straight losses including an unlucky 16-17 result against Penrith two weeks ago. The result lifts them to ninth in the competition.
At Campbelltown Sports Stadium, Sydney
Wests Tigers 10 (Connelly Lemuelu, Lucas Castle tries; Connelly Lemuelu conversion).
Vodafone Junior Warriors 26 (Tom Ale 2, Lewis Sio 2, Kayal Iro tries; Eiden Ackland 3 conversions).
Halftime: 22-0 Vodafone Junior Warriors.
Vodafone Junior Warriors | Kayal Iro; Elijah Sufia, Tom Ale, Carlos Henry, Patrick Elia; Paul Turner, Eiden Ackland; Lotu Inisi, Lewis Sio, Preston Riki; Brody Tamarua, Havi Tupouniua; Tyler Slade (c). Interchange: Dahkota Taimani, Wesley Veikoso, Sione Tuipolotu, Uenuku Malesala.