NYC: Settled side named for Rabbitohs

Winger Viliami Kaveinga gets an offload away against the Cowboys on Monday. He was the Vodafone Junior Warriors' top metre gainer in their 25-6 win. Photo: Photosport.


Vodafone Junior Warriors head coach John Ackland has been able to name a settled combination for the clubs fifth-round NYC contest against South Sydney at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday (1.45pm kick-off; match day sponsor: Canterbury of New Zealand).


The only change to the starting line-up used in Mondays 25-6 win against North Queensland is the naming of James Taylor at prop.


He was originally picked to face the Cowboys but was ultimately replaced by Sam Lisone, who drops back to the interchange.


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Aside from Taylor, the starting forward pack is now well-established with prop Albert Vete alongside hooker Michael Sio and back rowers Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Stedman Lefau and captain David Bhana.


Included on a six-man bench are winger Solomone Kata and prop Katamiro Atera, both yet to make their NYC debuts.


The Vodafone Junior Warriors will seek their third straight win on Sunday facing a South Sydney side with a one win-three loss record so far.


The Vodafone Junior Warriors performance against the Cowboys was one of the best theyve produced in the competition; they missed just 22 tackles compared to North Queenslands 46 and had only nine ineffective tackles while the Cowboys had 49.


The statistical markers with the ball provided further evidence the Vodafone Junior Warriors are gathering some momentum, having shown steady improvement in each of their last three outings against the Sydney Roosters, Cronulla and now the Cowboys.


The line breaks count on Monday was 7-0 in their favour, the offloads statistic was a whopping 30-6 and the metres gained numbers read 1639-1008.


In all 10 Vodafone Junior Warriors topped 100 metres (North Queensland had just one 100-plus player). The best for the home side were wingers Viliami Kaveinga (160) and Viliami Lolohea (157).


Bhana once again led the defensive numbers for his side with 40 tackles.


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS


Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

1.45pm, Sunday, April 7

Referees: Gavin Reynolds and Michael Wise


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

10 JAMES TAYLOR

11 RAYMOND FAITALA-MARINER

12 STEDMAN LEFAU

13 DAVID BHANA (c)

Interchange:

14 TRENT BISHOP

15 VINCENT AFOA

16 SAM LISONE

17 ADAM TUIMAVAVE-GERRARD

18 SOLOMONE KATA

20 KATAMIRO ATERA


HEAD COACH: JOHN ACKLAND