NRL PREVIEW: Vodafone Warriors v Broncos

Utility Dominique Peyroux becomes Vodafone Warrior No 182 when he makes his debut for the club off the bench in tonights 12th-round NRL encounter with the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium (7.00pm kick-off local time; 9.00pm NZT). Photo: Photosport.


His breakthrough appearance since moving home to Auckland from the Gold Coast Titans coincides with a special night for former Queensland Origin forward Jacob Lillyman (29).


He becomes the sixth player in this years squad in the 150-game club joining Simon Mannering, Todd Lowrie, Nathan Friend, Manu Vatuvei and the most recent addition Feleti Mateo.


Two former Vodafone Warriors favourites Clinton Toopi and Mark Tookey Toops and Tooks were on hand last night, Toopi presenting former Titans team-mate Peyroux with his jersey and Tookey doing the honours with Lillyman.


Peyroux played 16 times for the Titans in 2011 and 2012 but his progress at his new club was disrupted when he broke his jaw at a training session, returning only recently with the Vulcans in the New South Wales Cup after two months in rehab.


He comes into the side following the withdrawal of utility Pita Godinet, who didnt travel after again being troubled by the back complaint which forced him out of the Canberra match in April. Charlie Gubb is 18th man.


Peyroux will provide cover from the interchange for the outside backs and in the centres.


While Lillyman, playing his 88th game for the Vodafone Warriors, marks a big milestone, Shaun Johnson plays his 50th NRL game tonight and Manu Vatuvei his 160th, moving clear of Wairangi Koopu on the all-time list.


VODAFONE WARRIORS v BRISBANE BRONCOS


Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

7.00pm, Monday, June 03

Referees: Ben Cummins and Brett Suttor


VODAFONE WARRIORS


1KEVIN LOCKE

2GLEN FISIIAHI

3DANE NIELSEN

4KONRAD HURRELL

5MANU VATUVEI

6THOMAS LEULUAI

7SHAUN JOHNSON

8SAM RAPIRA

9NATHAN FRIEND

10RUSSELL PACKER

11FELETI MATEO

12SIMON MANNERING (c)

13ELIJAH TAYLOR

Interchange:

14BEN MATULINO

15JACOB LILLYMAN

16SEBASTINE IKAHIHIFO

18DOMINIQUE PEYROUX


HEAD COACH: MATTHEW ELLIOTT