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NYC Rd 13 Warriors 30 Melbourne 8

Winger Viliami Lolohea snared his second hat-trick of the season as the Vodafone Junior Warriors rebounded from their heavy loss to Wests Tigers with a convincing 30-8 win over the Melbourne Storm in today's 13th-round NYC clash at Mount Smart Stadium.
NYC Rd 13 Warriors 30 Melbourne 8
by NRL

Winger Viliami Lolohea snared his second hat-trick of the season as the Vodafone Junior Warriors rebounded from their heavy loss to Wests Tigers with a convincing 30-8 win over the Melbourne Storm in today's 13th-round NYC clash at Mount Smart Stadium.

The ex-Otahuhu College student scored in the sixth, 16th and 58th minutes to help the 2010-2011 premiers to a critical success following the setback against the Tigers and a week of for their first bye.
He showed tremendous finishing skills to score his first, used strength to score his second and ran out of dummy half brilliantly for his last.

After Lolohea had scored the side's first two tries, fellow winger Peta Hiku was put across on the left side, prop Albert Vete powered over from close range and captain John Palavi popped a nice off load on the inside for hooker Trent Bishop to score a try on debut.

With five tries in the first half, the Vodafone Junior Warriors had a 24-4 halftime advantage and were seemingly set to go on with it in the second 40 minutes.

Instead they stalled, being able to score just the one try ? Lolohea's third ? but the win was vital after being swamped 54-12 by the Tigers in their last outing.

The win edged the Vodafone Junior Warriors up from fifth to sixth on the ladder, sitting on 19 points two behind competition leader Penrith.

Lolohea's treble was the standout individual feat on a day when he made 166 metres, four line breaks and 11 tackle breaks.

Prop Ligi Sao topped the metres gained count with 181 while Bishop impressed on his first outing with 97 metres from nine muscular runs and David Bhana had a double of 82 metres from 11 runs and the game's highest tackle count of 53.

Match details:

At Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
Warriors 30 (Viliami Lolohea 3, Peta Hiku, Albert Vete, Trent Bishop tries; Mason Lino 3 conversions).
Melbourne 8 (Karl Davies, Ryan Pooley tries).
Halftime: 24-4 Warriors.

Vodafone Junior Warriors: Omar Slaimankhel; Viliami Lolohea, Ngani Laumape, Ngataua Hukatai, Peta Hiku; Carlos Tuimavave, Mason Lino; Ligi Sao, Eko Malu, Siulongoua Fotofili; Sione Feao, John Palavi (c); David Bhana. Interchange: Trent Bishop, Albert Vete, Nathaniel Peteru.

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