Vodafone Junior Warriors Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard (pictured) was ruled out of today's NYC match against Gold Coast. Photo: Photosport.


A poor opening game to the 2013 NYC campaign seems a distant memory now as the Vodafone Junior Warriors prepare to face the Gold Coast Titans in their eighth-round clash at Mount Smart Stadium oday (11.45am kick-off; game day sponsor: DEWALT).


The nature of the 8-46 loss to Parramatta was among the heaviest for the club as the competition kicked off its sixth season.


Since then more regular transmission has resumed, a last-minute 20-24 loss to the Sydney Roosters followed by an unbeaten run against Cronulla (24-20), North Queensland (25-6), South Sydney (46-14), Canberra (22-22) and Melbourne (36-20).


The series of results has the Vodafone Warriors running comfortably in seventh spot on nine points, just one point behind a group of three teams.

Today they face the competitions bottom-placed side, the Titans showing just one win so far this season.


The Vodafone Junior Warriors have been forced to make a change, second rower Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard ruled out with a shoulder injury. In his absence, Stedman Lefau moves off the bench to start in the second row and Eric Newbigging comes onto the interchange.


Theres also a change to the starting line-up with James Taylor going to the bench and Sam Lisone starting in the front row.


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v GOLD COAST TITANS


Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

11.45am, Sunday, May 05

Referees: Matt Noylan and Peter Gough


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS


1NGATAUA HUKATAI

2ALAMOTI FINAU

3SOLOMONE KATA

4DAVID FUSITUA

5VILIAMI LOLOHEA

6TUIMOALA LOLOHEA

7MASON LINO (c)

8ALBERT VETE

9MICHAEL SIO

15SAM LISONE

11RAYMOND FAITALA-MARINER

16STEDMAN LEFAU

13DAVID BHANA (c)

Interchange:

10JAMES TAYLOR

14TRENT BISHOP

17 ABRAHAM PAPALII

20ERIC NEWBIGGING


HEAD COACH: JOHN ACKLAND