Junior Warrior - Leon Panapa
Wednesday 4 Oct 2006 10:29
|Junior Kiwis vs Warriors Development
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
by (Press Release)
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
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.
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
"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
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).
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
So far they have a record of seven wins and two losses, scoring 420 points and conceding only 138.
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