NYC PREVIEW: Vodafone Junior Warriors v Cowboys

The Vodafone Junior Warriors face a difficult challenge from North Queensland as they hunt a second successive win in todays fourth-round NYC encounter at Mount Smart Stadium (3.45pm kick-off). Photo: Photosport.


While John Acklands side collected their first victory of the season last weekend and a hard-earned one it was against Cronulla the young Cowboys have put together 26-16 and 26-20 triumphs over Melbourne (home) and Newcastle (away) in their last two outings.


The Vodafone Junior Warriors last week recaptured elements of the power game which so distinguishes them from their rivals. It was fully evident in most of their tries in their 24-20 win against the Sharks.


Collectively they gained 1438 metres. Interchange hooker Trent Bishop provided a game-high 156 metres from 17 runs while Villiami Lolohea, Ngataua Hukatai, David Fusitua and Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard also topped 100 metres with Lafu Feagaiga and captain David Bhana going close.


The Vodafone Junior Warriors have been forced to make a change to their original starting line-up, Sam Lisone coming into the starting front row for James Taylor. The confirmed interchange players are Bishop, Abraham Papalii, Tuimavave-Gerrard and Vincent Afoa. Those omitted are Sam Cook and Solomone Kata.


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS


Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

3.45pm, Monday, April 1

Referees: David Munro and Shane Rehm


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS


1 NGATAUA HUKATAI

2 VILIAMI KAVEINGA

3 KEN MAUMALO

4 DAVID FUSITUA

5 VILIAMI LOLOHEA

6 TUIMOALA LOLOHEA

7 MASON LINO

8 ALBERT VETE

9 MICHAEL SIO

16 SAM LISONE

11 RAYMOND FAITALA-MARINER

12 STEDMAN LEFAU

13 DAVID BHANA (c)

Interchange:

14 TRENT BISHOP

15 ABRAHAM PAPALII

17 ADAM TUIMAVAVE-GERRARD

20 VINCENT AFOA


HEAD COACH: JOHN ACKLAND