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Tough away loss against Bulldogs

Canterbury-Bankstown’s 30-16 victory at Belmore Sports Ground on Saturday left the Vodafone Junior Warriors disappointed with their performance.

The Bulldogs came out with an aggressive start, back rower Jackson Topine opening the scoring with a try in the eighth minute with Jake Averillo adding the conversion.

Two tries followed in 15 minutes from Bulldogs prop Devontai Seumanutafa and winger Frank Kuresa, with Averillo slotting another conversion.

With the Bulldogs pulling out to a 16-0 lead, a try to Vodafone Junior Warriors hooker in the 32nd minute was welcomed. Emanuel Tuimavave-Gerrard made the conversion to salvage the first half, being down by 10 going into the break at 16-6.

To start the second half, second rower Brody Tamarua crossed the line just two minutes in, Tuimavave-Gerrard again converting to close to score-line up to 16-12.

However, the Bulldogs ran away with three tries in 15 minutes, to make the score 30-12 going into the final 10 minutes of the game. Vodafone Junior Warriors loose forward Phillip Makatoa picked up a late try to make the final score 30-16.

In the end, an aggressive Bulldogs side proved too much for the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ defence.

They will be looking to bounce back against the struggling North Sydney Bears this Sunday at Mount Smart Stadium (12.00pm kick-off).

Being in the back half of the season now, the team will be desperate to get some wins in order to make a top eight push.



At Belmore Sports Ground, Sydney

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 30 (Jackson Topine, Devontai Seumanutafa, Frank Kuresa, Matt Doorey, Isaiah Tass, Tyrone Harding tries; Jake Averillo 3 conversions).

Vodafone Junior Warriors 16 (Richard To’ai, Brody Tamarua, Phillip Makatoa tries; Emanuel Tuimavave-Gerrard 2 conversions).

Halftime: 16-6 Bulldogs.

Vodafone Junior Warriors | Emanuel Tuimavave-Gerrard; Harley Maynard, Selestino Ravutaumada, Raymon Vaega, Edward Kosi; Paul Turner, William Fakatoumafi; Eliesa Katoa, Temple Kalepo, Wesley Veikoso; Neylamoris Masima, Tom Ale; Phillip Makatoa. Interchange: Richard To’ai, Junior Pua, Toni Tupouniua, Brody Tamarua.

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