NSW CUP PREVIEW: Vulcans v Manly

Giant Vodafone Warriors forward Sam Lousi (pictured) makes his long-awaited return when he turns out for the Auckland Vulcans in their New South Wales Cup encounter with Manly at Mount Smart Stadium today (11.50am kick-off). Photo: Photosport.


Lousi featured in the Vodafone Warriors first two NRL trials against Gold Coast and Penrith in February but has been sidelined since with a foot injury.


He was initially named to make his comeback against Illawarra last weekend only to be ruled out for another week.


A towering presence throughout his NYC days with the Vodafone Junior Warriors, Lousi began his NRL career with two appearances for the Vodafone Warriors last year.


Hes one of three Vodafone Warriors named to return from injury for the Vulcans with Jerome Ropati (hamstring) and Carlos Tuimavave (neck) both selected in the centres.


A strong backline also includes vastly experienced NRL winger Bill Tupou and rookie Ngani Laumape.


In their third consecutive match at home, the Vulcans will today aim for their third straight win after beating Newcastle 28-24 two weeks ago and Illawarra 36-10 last Saturday. They started this round in seventh spot on the ladder with Manly last.


Included in the Manly line-up is former Vodafone Junior Warriors prop Ligi Sao.


AUCKLAND VULCANS v MANLY SEA EAGLES


Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

11.50am, Sunday, June 09

Referee: Daniel Caddy


AUCKLAND VULCANS


1TANGI ROPATI

2BILL TUPOU

21JEROME ROPATI

4CARLOS TUIMAVAVE

3NGANI LAUMAPE

6STEVE WAETFORD

7HARRY SIEJKA

8CHARLIE GUBB

14PITA GODINET

10DANIEL PALAVI

11JOHN PALAVI

12SAM LOUSI

13MURRAY ITI

Interchange:

9ALEHANA MARA

15HERMAN RETZLAFF

16AGNATIUS PAASI

17NATHANIEL PETERU


HEAD COACH: WILLIE SWANN