Auckland, New Zealand, April 14, 2002 – Ivan Cleary bagged a club record-equalling 28 points as the Vodafone Warriors ran up their biggest score in their history swamping the Northern Eagles 68-10 at Ericsson Stadium today.
Coming off a 50-20 romp against North Queensland last week, the home side was irresistible as it ran up 11 tries with halfback Stacey Jones bagging a hat-trick.
The Daniel Anderson-coached side was in complete control by halftime leading 32-6 and didn’t let up after the break rattling on 36 more points at close to a point a minute.
Fullback Cleary was perfect with the boot slotting 12 goals from 12 attempts and scoring a try to match Gene Ngamu’s club record set against North Queensland in 1996.
At Ericsson Stadium, Auckland
Vodafone Warriors 68 (Stacey Jones 3, Clinton Toopi 2, Sione Faumuina 2, Ivan Cleary, Lance Hohaia, Jerry Seuseu, Brent Webb tries; Ivan Cleary 11 conversions, penalty).
Northern Eagles 10 (John Hopoate 2 tries; Jason Ferris conversion).
Vodafone Warriors | Ivan Cleary; Justin Murphy, John Carlaw, Clinton Toopi, Henry Fa’afili; Lance Hohaia, Stacey Jones; Jerry Seuseu, P J Marsh, Richard Villasanti; Ali Lauitiiti, Logan Swann; Wairangi Koopu. Interchange: Brent Webb, Justin Morgan, Sione Faumuina, Mark Tookey.
Northern Eagles | Brendon Reeves; Robert Miles, Lenny Beckett, Albert Torrens, John Hopoate; Luke Dorn, Jason Ferris; Grant Wooden, Jamie Goddard, David Westley; Wade Forrester, Mark Shipway; Steve Menzies. Interchange: Jason King, Danny Lima, Brad Kelly, Shayne Dunley.