Warriors' Agnatius Paasi is tackled. NRL Pre Season, Vodafone Warriors v Gold Coast Titans at North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday 9th February 2014. Photo: photosport.co.nz

NSW CUP PREVIEW | Line-up changes

Vodafone Warriors New South Wales Cup coach Rohan Smith has made two changes to the team’s starting line-up for today’s second-round match against the Illawarra Cutters at Eden Park (12.40pm kick-off).

 

Agnatius Paasi (pictured in last month's NRL trial against Gold Coast) will now start in the centres with David Fusitua out of the side and former Vodafone Warriors front rower Upu Poching will start at prop in a straight swap with Nathaniel Peteru.

 

Albert Vete comes into the squad as 18th man.

 

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS v ILLAWARRA CUTTERS

 

Eden Park, Auckland

12.40pm, Saturday, March 15

Referee: Aaron Donald

 

 

FIVE KEY FEATURES

 

#1 TEAM KIT | Now Vodafone Warriors members and fans have the chance to see the club’s newest team resplendent in a new playing strip. The Vodafone Warriors have now become one of the handful of clubs which have their own teams in all three major competitions.

 

#2 CARLOS TUIMAVAVE | Started in the centres for the NRL side against the Eels last week but comes in to fill the No 6 spot for the New South Wales Cup side today (Ben Henry filled the position last week).

 

#3 AGNATIUS PAASI | The former Vodafone Junior Warrior shows his utility value again by being called on take over from the originally-named David Fusitua in the centres. Paasi had a key involvement in winger Jarred Wilson’s two tries last week.

 

#4 DOMINIQUE PEYROUX | Unavailable serving a one-game suspension last week, Peyorux will bring his strong work ethic to the side today. His first-grade experience will also serve to stiffen the side up defensively.

 

#5 JARRED WILSON | Wellington product signed from the Penrith NYC side, Jarred can play at fullback or on the wing. One of five players on New South Wales Cup contracts with the Vodafone Warriors this year, he caught the eye with two tries against Wentworthville last week.

 

 

THE TEAMS

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS

 

1        STEVE WAETFORD (c)

2        JARRED WILSON

3        KONRAD HURRELL

18       AGNATIUS PAASI

5        NGANI LAUMAPE

6        CARLOS TUIMAVAVE

7        TUIMOALA LOLOHEA

8        CHARLIE GUBB

9        MICHAEL SIO

14       UPU POCHING

11       DOMINIQUE PEYROUX

12       RAYMOND FAITALA-MARINER

13       SEBASTINE IKAHIHIFO

Interchange:

10       NATHANIEL PETERU

15       DAVID BHANA

16       SILIVA HAVILI

17       ABRAHAM PAPALII

25       ALBERT VETE

 

COACH | ROHAN SMITH

 

 

ILLAWARRA CUTTERS

 

1        PETER MATA’UTIA

2        KITI GLYMIN

3        CHARLY RUNCIMAN

4        NATHAN GREEN

5        TYRON CRANSTON

6        SAM DUGGAN

7        RYAN CARR (c)

8        JOSH AILAOMAI

9        SHANE PUMIPI

10       MATT GROAT

11       WILL MATTHEWS

12       WILLIE MATAKA

13       PENI BOTIKI

Interchange:

14       JOEL JOHNSON

15       DYLAN STRICKLAND

17       RORY O’BRIEN

18       CHARLIE FAINGAA

24       SHANNON WAKEMAN

 

COACH: IAN MILLWARD

 

 

TELEVISION COVERAGE

 

Live on SKY Sport 2, 12.40pm.