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Positive finish for Flegg side

Their finals hopes were already gone but the Vodafone Junior Warriors ended their campaign on a bright note with a 22-18 Jersey Flegg Cup win over Wests Tigers at Mount Smart Stadium on Saturday.

With wing Edward Kosi crossing in the first minute, the home side was rampant in the opening exchanges as two more tries were added in the opening 12 minutes.

The Vodafone Junior Warriors went to the break 18-4 ahead and stretched to 22-4 with a Tom Ale try early in the second half.

The visitors came back with three second half tries but the Vodafone Junior Warriors held firm to close out the contest.


At Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

Vodafone Junior Warriors 22 (Edward Kosi, Eliesa Katoa, Israel Ogden, Tom Ale tries; Emanuel Tuimavave-Gerrard 3 conversions).

Wests Tigers 18 (Kane Bradley, Henry Lealuga-Puhotau, Curtis Wilson, Ben Seufale tries; Bennett Wheelhouse conversion)

Halftime: 18-4 Vodafone Junior Warriors.

Vodafone Junior Warriors | Emanuel Tuimavave-Gerrard; Harley Maynard, Kayal Iro, Edward Kosi, Israel Ogden; Casey Smith, Sione Moala; Junior Pua, Taniela Otukolo, Eliesa Katoa; Tom Ale, Isaiah Vagana; Brody Tamarua (c). Interchange: Temple Kalepo, Toni Tupouniua, Jyris Glamuzina, Michael Lemafa.

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