Vulcans kick off triple header

Former Vodafone Junior Warriors prop Nathaniel Peteru makes his comeback from a dislocated elbow when he lines up for the Vulcans in Monday's triple header. Photo: Photosport.


The Auckland Vulcans will provide the first leg of a rugby league triple treat when they face Windsor in a fourth-round New South Wales Cup match at Mount Smart Stadium on Easter Monday.


Gates open at 1.30pm with the Vulcans kicking off at 1.35pm followed by the NYC match between the Vodafone Junior Warriors and North Queensland (3.45pm) and the Vodafone Warriors-Cowboys NRL contest (6.00pm).


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After beating Newtown 24-12 in their first home game of the season in the second round, the Vulcans fell 10-30 to Newcastle on their demanding away trip last weekend.


Theyve received a boost for their clash against the Wolves with ex-Penrith halfback Harry Siejka returning after missing last weeks match with concussion.


Also coming back from injury is former Vodafone Junior Warriors prop Nathaniel Peteru, who played in the Vodafone Warriors NRL trial against Gold Coast in February but dislocated his elbow in a Vulcans trial a week later.


On the flip side, the Vulcans have suffered two setbacks with second rower Dominique Peyroux (jaw) and hooker Alehana Mara (ankle) both out of contention.


In Maras absence, Siliva Havili, still eligible to play for the Vodafone Junior Warriors in the NYC, will start at hooker while Steve Waetford partners Siejka in the halves.


Named to start at halfback for Windsor, Penriths feeder club, is former Vodafone Warrior Isaac John, recently signed by the Panthers after a stint with Wakefield in the English Super League. Included on the bench is ex-Vodafone Junior Warrior Neccrom Areaiiti while former Kiwi captain Gary Freemans son Krys is named to start at hooker.


AUCKLAND VULCANS v WINDSOR WOLVES


Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

1.35pm, Monday, April 1

Referee: Jamal Thompson


AUCKLAND VULCANS


1 ZORAM WATENE

2 ESERA ESERA

3 SIO SIUA TAUKEIAHO

4 ATELEA NAFETALAI

5 TANGI ROPATI

6 STEVE WAETFORD

7 HARRY SIEJKA

8 SUAIA MATAGI

9 SILIVA HAVILI

10 DANIEL PALAVI

11 JOHN PALAVI

12 AGNATIUS PAASI

13 MURRAY ITI

Interchange:

14 AARON NOOTAI

15 NATHANIEL PETERU

16 PATRICK SIPLEY

17 HERMAN RETZLAFF

18 MALAKAI WATENE-ZELEZNIAK


HEAD COACH: WILLIE SWANN