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NYC Rd 19 Brisbane 22 Warriors 38

The Junior Warriors have claimed top spot on the NYC points table for at least 24 hours and possibly longer after beating Brisbane 38-22 in Friday night's 19th-round match at Suncorp Stadium.
NYC Rd 19 Brisbane 22 Warriors 38
by NRL

The Junior Warriors have claimed top spot on the NYC points table for at least 24 hours and possibly longer after beating Brisbane 38-22 in Friday night's 19th-round match at Suncorp Stadium.

Playing in heavy showers on a slippery surface, the contest - but definitely not the weather - was a near carbon copy of the clash with the Gold Coast Titans last week.

On that occasion the Vodafone Junior Warriors led 32-12 midway through the second half, conceded two tries to have the margin trimmed to 32-22 and then scored in the dying moments through hooker Siliva Havili to win 38-22.

Move forward six days and the scenario was no different. When centre Ngani Laumape scored in the 65th minute the Vodafone Junior Warriors again led 32-12, only to yield two tries inside the final eight minutes to have their lead cut to 32-22. There was time, though, for a final statement and they came up with one, engineering a first NYC try for second rower Raymond Faitala-Mariner and a 38-22 winning margin for the second week running.

The Vodafone Junior Warriors' 12th win of the season also elevated them to 29 points, level with Penrith but ahead on points for and against. In taking their points for total to 504 and their differential to plus 152 (Penrith's is plus 120) the 2010-2011 premiers will finish the round in top spot should the Panthers lose to Wests Tigers on Saturday night.

The Vodafone Junior Warriors staked an early claim on the contest against the Broncos when hooker Siliva Havili scored his 12th try of the season in the 15th minute and loose forward David Bhana followed up soon after.

While Brisbane fought back the Vodafone Junior Warriors were in command leading 20-6 at halftime after two more tries. The first followed a great shot from Carlos Tuimavave which forced the ball loose, hooker Trent Bishop scooting over from dummy half soon after. From the next set after the restart, Bishop broke, poked through a grubber kick and centre Ngani Laumape gathered only to be held up over the line. The attack was aimed to the right on the next play to lay on a try for right winger Viliami Lolohea.

After the break, interchange prop Albert Vete scored his third NYC try, Brisbane countered with one of its own and then Laumape strode down the left side line to score his eighth try of the season. The Vodafone Junior Warriors had their stamp all over this one and, while there was a little damage in the closing stages, they went on to claim it comfortably.
The win was their fourth on end. The Newcastle Knights are next on the menu at Mount Smart Stadium next Saturday night.

Match details:

At Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Brisbane Broncos 22 (Caleb Timu, Ajuma Adams, Kori Oates, Codi Nikorima tries; Bryce Hegarty 3 conversions).
NZ Warriors 38 (Siliva Havili, David Bhana, Trent Bishop, Viliami Lolohea, Albert Vete, Ngani Laumape, Raymond Faitala-Mariner tries; Mason Lino 5 conversions).
Halftime: 20-6 Vodafone Junior Warriors.
Referee: Clayton Sharpe.

Vodafone Junior Warriors: Peta Hiku; Viliami Lolohea, Ngani Laumape, Ngataua Hukatai, Toka Likiliki; Carlos Tuimavave, Mason Lino; Ligi Sao, Siliva Havili, Nathaniel Peteru; Raymond Faitala-Mariner, John Palavi (c); David Bhana. Interchange: Sione Feao, Siulongoua Fotofili, Trent Bishop, Albert Vete.




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