Top eight spot for Vodafone Junior Warriors

A third win on the road this season has taken the Vodafone Junior Warriors into the top eight in the Jersey Flegg Cup.

The Greg Boulous-coached side's 30-0 victory over the Victoria Thunderbolts in Melbourne yesterday moved it into eighth spot on the ladder with seven points.

The Vodafone Junior Warriors are yet to lose away from home. A season-opening draw over the Bulldogs in Sydney has been followed by wins against the Sea Eagles and Raiders.

Coming off a freewheeling 40-34 win in Canberra last weekend, the Vodafone Junior Warriors quickly imposed themselves on the Thunderbolts with centre Kayal Iro scoring in the first minute. Standoff Paul Turner and halfback Casey Smith added tries inside the opening 25 minutes to have their side in a strong position leading 16-0 at halftime.

There was more of the same in the second half, an early strike by wing Emanuel Tuimavave-Gerrard followed by a second for Smith and one from back rower Brody Tamarua to have the Vodafone Junior Warriors out to 30-0 with 20 minutes still to play.

They couldn’t add to the tally but the score-line – especially keeping the opposition scoreless – was a more than satisfying outcome.

The Vodafone Junior Warriors are back at Mount Smart Stadium for only the second time this season when they face the 10th-placed Newcastle Knights on Sunday (10.00am kick-off).

MATCH DETAILS

Haines Driver Reserve, Melbourne

Victoria Thunderbolts 0.

Vodafone Junior Warriors 30 (Casey Smith 2, Kayal Iro, Paul Turner, Emanuel Tuimavave-Gerrard, Brody Tamarua tries; Casey Smith 3 conversions).

Halftime: 16-0 Vodafone Junior Warriors.