Captain David Bhana has been forced to miss the Vodafone Junior Warriors second-round NYC encounter with the Sydney Roosters at Eden Park today (5.15pm kick-off). Poto: Photosport.


The 20-year-old, who made 52 tackles in last weeks heavy loss to Parramatta, has been ruled out after picking up an ankle injury at training late in the week.


In his absence Michael Sio, originally named to start at hooker for the second week running, moves back to loose forward. He will also captain the side.


Brought in to start at hooker is 2011-2012 Vodafone Junior Warrior Siliva Havili, who has spent the offseason training with the Vodafone Warriors.


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v SYDNEY ROOSTERS


Eden Park, Auckland

5.15pm, Saturday, March 16

Referees: Matt Noyen & Chris Sutton


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS


1 NGATAUA HUKATAI

2 TUIMOALA LOLOHEA

3 LAFU FEAGAIGA

4 DAVID FUSITUA

5 VILIAMI LOLOHEA

6 EKO MALU

7 MASON LINO

8 VINCENT AFOA

25 SILIVA HAVILI

10 SAM LISONE

11 RAYMOND FAITALA-MARINER

12 ERIC NEWBIGGING

9 MICHAEL SIO (c)

Interchange:

14 VILIAMI KAVEINGA

15 ABRAHAM PAPALII

16 ALBERT VETE

17 STEDMAN LEFAU


18TH MAN: ESERA ESRA


HEAD COACH: JOHN ACKLAND