Junior Warriors side win opening trial match

Last updated 17:46 09/02/2013

Relevant offers

League

Wellington NRL bid stands firm, says consortium Shaun Johnson wins Golden Boot as league's best player Wellington unlikely to get new NRL club, says New Zealand Warriors chief Jim Doyle Warriors return to Wellington to face Dragons in 2015 Queensland look to bring in more new blood for State of Origin Panthers coach Ivan Cleary fears the worst from Auckland Nines Steve 'Beaver' Menzies backs Big Willie Mason to lead Manly Melbourne Storm to experiment without captain Cameron Smith Former NRL halfback guilty of manslaughter Jarryd Hayne visits NFL team Detroit Lions: reports

Winger Esera Esera and halfback Tuimoala Lolohea scored five tries between them as the Junior Warriors started their 2013 NYC trials programme with a 40-22 win over the Howick Hornets at Paparoa Park today.

Esera completed his hat-trick early in the second half while Lolohea, used off the bench, bagged the last two tries of the match.

Head coach John Ackland used a squad which didn't include any players with NYC experience.

Facing opposition from Auckland's Fox Memorial competition, the Junior Warriors began strongly with two early tries to lead 12-0 but by halftime the margin was just 16-10 in their favour.

While the Hornets conceded an early second half try to Abraham Papalii they wouldn't go away, scoring twice to trail 22-30 midway through the spell before Lolohea's brace sealed the victory.

Apart from Esera with three tries, Lolohea with two and Papalii with his effort, the other scorers were Ken Maumalo and Toafoa Sipley. Halfback Carlos Hotene and Lolohea converted four tries between them.

The Junior Warriors' next trial is against a Waicoa Bay Selection as the curtain-raiser to the Warriors-Penrith NRL trial at Waikato Stadium next Saturday.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who is your pick for international league player of the year?

Shaun Johnson

Jesse Bromwich

Sam Burgess

James Graham

Greg Inglis

Johnathan Thurston

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content