NYC PREVIEW: Vodafone Junior Warriors v Manly

Abraham Papalii (pictured) is back for the Vodafone Junior Warriors when they take on Manly in today's NYC match at Mount Smart Stadium. Photo: Photosport.


The Vodafone Junior Warriors can firm up their hold on fourth spot if they beat Manly in todays 13th-round NYC clash against Manly at Mount Smart Stadium (1.45pm kick-off; match day sponsor: TNT).


Monday nights 46-20 victory over Brisbane enabled them to climb above the Broncos on the points table while in Manly they face a side sitting 14th in the competition.


Theres no room for complacency, though; in their last two outings at Mount Smart Stadium the Vodafone Junior Warriors have lost to Gold Coast and Newcastle, teams which sat well below them on the ladder.


Todays line-up shows a couple of changes. Among them is Abraham Papalii, who is back in the squad after a spell in club football. Originally named on the bench, he will start in the front row.


The Vodafone Junior Warriors were in dominant mood against the Broncos, coming back from a surprise loss to the Knights to lead 46-8 with 20 minutes till to play.


Centre Solomone Kata scored two tries and kicked seven goals to finish with 22 points, lifting his tally for the season to 52.


There were big numbers for several individuals.


Fullback David Fusitua cracked 200 metres woth 201 from 16 runs and prop Albert Vete made 173 metres from 16 carries. In all seven players topped 100 metres.


Captain David Bhana made a game-high 46 tackles.


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v MANLY SEA EAGLES


Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

1.45pm, Sunday, June 09

Referees: Adam Gee and Peter Gough


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS


1DAVID FUSITUA

2VILIAMI KAVEINGA

3SOLOMONE KATA

4KEN MAUMAALO

5VILIAMI LOLOHEA

6TUIMOALA LOLOHEA

7EKO MALU

8ALBERT VETE

9MICHAEL SIO

15ABRAHAM PAPALII

11RAYMOND FAITALA-MARINER

18STEDMAN LEFAU

13DAVID BHANA (c)

Interchange:

10SAM LISONE

12ADAM TUIMAVAVE-GERRARD

17TOAFOFOA SIPLEY

22KURT ROBINSON


HEAD COACH: JOHN ACKLAND