NYC FINALS: Kata on interchange

Explosive centre Solomone Kata has been brought onto the interchange for the Vodafone Junior Warriors NYC elimination final against South Sydney at ANZ Stadium tonight (5.15pm kick-off local time; 7.15pm NZT).


While the starting line-up remains as named on Tuesday, Kata comes onto the bench for prop Katamiro Atera.


While his season has been disrupted by injury, Kata, who played First XV rugby union for Sacred Heart College last year, has impressed when he has played, scoring 11 tries in his 13 matches and also kicking 22 goals for a total of 88 points.


He'll come off the interchange to enable coach John Ackland to switch utility Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard from his starting centres role to the back row at some stage in the contest.


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS


ANZ Stadium, Homebush

5.15pm, Friday, September 13

Referees: David Munro and Matt Noyen


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS


1DAVID FUSITUA

2METIA LISATI

3ADAM TUIMAVAVE-GERRARD

4NGATAUA HUKATAI

5LAFU FEAGAIGA

6TUIMOALA LOLOHEA

7MASON LINO

8ALBERT VETE

9MICHAEL SIO

10JAMES TAYLOR

11RAYMOND FAITALA-MARINER

12STEDMAN LEFAU

13DAVID BHANA (c)

Interchange:

14EKO MALU

15SAM LISONE

16KOUMA SAMSON

20SOLOMONE KATA


HEAD COACH: JOHN ACKLAND