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Jersey Flegg Match Report: Bulldogs' solid win

Second-placed Canterbury Bankstown promised to give the One New Zealand Warriors another testing time and did just that with a 30-6 win on Sunday’s 18th-round Jersey Flegg Cup (under-21) contest at Belmore Sports Ground in Sydney.

Not for the first time, the Warriors had to make lineup modifications, the most significant losing the originally-named Motu Pasikala to the club's New South Wales Cup side.

That provided an opening for another debut with 18-year-old Ezekiel Tavita brought in on the wing.

While the team didn’t find much joy, it was day for Tavita to savour.

A Marist Saints and Pt Chevalier Pirates junior, he also played rugby union for the Kelston Boys’ High School.

He had the satisfaction of scoring on debut, his 27th minute try keeping the Warriors in the contest at 6-10 down and then just 6-14 at halftime.

However, the Bulldogs scored three more tries in the second half and kept the Warriors scoreless to wrap up two points and leave the visitors with a fourth consecutive defeat.   

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