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Vodafone Warriors blast Jets

A relentless second-half performance from the Vodafone Warriors ignited a dominant 34-8 victory over the Newtown Jets in Saturday's 18th-round Canterbury Cup NSW clash at Mount Smart Stadium. 

A slender two-point halftime advantage was transformed into a commanding win in the second half as the Vodafone Warriors fired up to climb into the competition's top eight.

Halfback Adam Keighran grabbed two of his side's six tries while Taane Milne supplied five conversions.

Coming off a bye following a disappointing 0-12 loss to Newcastle two weeks ago, the result avenged a draw between the two sides at Henson Park.

The Jets were unable to withstand countless attacking raids in the latter stages of Saturday's contest leaving them with back-to-back losses after failing to score more than eight points in each of their two fixtures.

The Vodafone Warriors have steadily accrued points to sit on 16 points, level with seventh-placed Wentworthville. Those two sides face off in Sydney next week.


At Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

Vodafone Warriors 34 (Adam Keighran 2, Leivaha Pulu, Setu Tu, Cole Waaka, Phillip Makatoa tries; Taane Milne 5 conversions).

Newtown Jets 8 (Teig Wilton try; Braydon Trindall 2 penalties).

Halftime: 10-8 Vodafone Warriors.

Vodafone Warriors | Paul Turner; Lewis Soosemea, Cole Waaka, Taane Milne, Setu Tu; Hayze Perham, Adam Keighran; Chris Satae, Kalepo Temple, Jackson Frei; Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard, Ligi Sao (c); Leivaha Pulu. Interchange: Preston Riki, Sean Mullany, King Vuniyayawa, Phillip Makatoa.

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