Junior Warrior - Leon Panapa

Junior Kiwis vs Warriors Development
Written by: NZRL media

Tuesday 10 October 2006 Mt Smart Stadium No. 2, Auckland

Junior Kiwis 44
Tries: Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Isaac John, Jody Henry, Sonny Fa'i, Linton Price, Wiremu Ratana, Mason Pure (2)
Goals: Kevin Locke (1), Jody Henry (1), Isaac John (4)

Warriors Development Squad 6
Tries: Roman Hifo
Goals: Dean Shepherd

Halftime Score: 10 ' 0 To Junior Kiwis

Rugby League Article rugby league
Press Release
Wednesday 4 Oct 2006 10:29
by (Press Release)

Source: www.warriors.co.nz

Vodafone Warriors welfare and development manager Tony Iro today lauded the achievements of the club's Allied Work Force development squad after it completed an unbeaten North Island tour.

For the third time in 10 days, the Vodafone Warriors of the future faced far more experienced Bartercard Cup opposition in the Wellington Orcas but again emerged with a comprehensive victory at Porirua last night.

Just as the Allied Work Force players had overcome the Waicoa Bay Stallions (58-22) and the Central Falcons (50-16) in their first two games, they dominated the Orcas 44-6.

"It was easily the best performance of the tour," said Iro.

"Despite playing in tough, wet and windy conditions, the boys were outstanding.

"The effort showed the value of being able to tour and train together for days on end and it also showed how much the team had improved over the 10 days.

"These boys learn so much more when they're able to play together as a team rather than simply training as a squad, which they usually do throughout the season."

Iro didn't hesitate in once again naming 16-year-old Foxton prop Russell Packer - he turns 17 next Monday (October 9) - as the Allied Work Force side's most impressive player last night.

"We saw plenty of evidence throughout the three games of the potential Russell has. He has been really impressive the whole way."

Iro also singled out standoff Leon Panapa, back rowers Ryan Laurenson and Toleafoa Leaupepe, hooker Aaron Pawley and utility Nopoto Tuimaualaga for their displays against the Orcas.

The 24-man Allied Work Force team comprised mainly players on contracts with the Vodafone Warriors but included others from the Auckland Rugby League's academy programme and the Waicoa Bay Stallions.

Run in conjunction with the New Zealand Rugby League, the tour also involved a series of coaching and skills clinics where the Allied Work Force coaching staff and players worked with locals in Hamilton, Tauranga, Taupo, Palmerston North and Wellington.

Before going on tour, the Allied Work Force team narrowly lost 18-24 to a Bartercard Cup All Stars side in Auckland and will complete its end of season programme with a fifth game against the Junior Kiwis at Mt Smart Stadium No 2 next Tuesday (October 10).

Earlier this year, the young Vodafone Warriors played five matches. They lost to Bartercard Cup side Harbour League but then won two matches in Australia - against the Ipswich Jets and the Cudgen Hornets ? before beating two more Bartercard Cup sides the Waicoa Bay Stallions and the Tamaki Leopards.

So far they have a record of seven wins and two losses, scoring 420 points and conceding only 138.

Full record:
v Harbour League Lost 22-48
v Ipswich Jets Won 60-4
v Cudgen Hornets Won 48-14
v Tamaki Leopards Won 58-4
v Waicoa Bay Stallions Won 62-0
v Bartercard Cup All Stars Lost 18-24
v Waicoa Bay Stallions Won 58-22
v Central Falcons Won 50-16
v Wellington Orcas Won 44-6

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Leon took the field for the Junior Warriors recently - this photograph from the Herald is from that game