The Wentworthville Magpies have been defeated 44-20 in Round 3 of the NSW Cup against the New Zealand Warriors at Auckland’s Mount Smart Stadium.
The Warriors scored first with winger Jarrod Tua crossing on the right wing, converted by Api Pewhairangi.
Magpies prop Daniel Alvaro showed great hands off a quick short pass from halfback Luke Kelly in the 12th minute, scoring under the posts with Kelly converting.
The Warriors stepped up their attack, scoring through hooker Siliva Havili and centre George Carmont in quick succession, taking the lead to 16-6.
Tua picked up his second try of the game on the right edge, before Fabian Goodall clawed one back for the Magpies, making a 30-metre run and crashing over near the posts.
The Warriors made a big final play of the half, with Pewhairangi scoring but missing his conversion, making the halftime score 26-12.
The second half was all Warriors, with the Magpies’ attack lacking against a red hot New Zealand defensive outfit.
Carmon bagged his second try, prop Sebastine Ikahihifo tumbled over the line to score his first, and Pewhairangi also scored his second of the afternoon.
Wentworthville wingers Bureta Faraimo and Halauafu Lavaka added some respect to the scoreline, finishing the afternoon with late tries.
The Magpies will return home for Round 4, taking on the Illawarra Cutters at Ringrose Park on Sunday March 29, kickoff from 3pm.
New Zealand Warriors 44 (Tua 2, Carmont 2, Pewhairangi 2, Havili, Ikahihifo tries, Pewhairangi 6 goals)
Wentworthville Magpies 20 (Alvaro, Goodall, Faraimo, Lavaka tries, Kelly 2 goals)