Three changes have been made to the Vodafone Warriors’ starting pack for their fifth-round clash New South Wales Cup clash against Cronulla at Remondis Stadium on Saturday (12.40pm kick-off local time; 2.40pm NZT).

 

With regular back rowers Sebastine Ikahihifo and Raymond Faitala-Mariner both named on the NRL team’s extended interchange bench, former Vodafone Junior Warriors captain David Bhana is named at loose forward and another ex-NYC skipper John Palavi, who was the NRL side’s 18th man, returns in the second row.

 

Joining them in the back row is Dominique Peyroux, who was named in the centres for last week’s clash against Wests Tigers. Jarrod Tua, who made his NSW Cup debut in the heartbreaking 26-32 loss to the Tigers, moves to the centres.

 

Returning on the bench are front rowers Sam Lisone and Nathaniel Peteru.

 

The Vodafone Warriors will be chasing their first win of the NSW Cup season against a side sitting just one point ahead on the table. 

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS v CRONULLA SHARKS

Remondis Stadium, Cronulla

12.40pm, Saturday, April 05

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS

 

1 CARLOS TUIMAVAVE

2 JARRED WILSON

3 JARROD TUA

4 DAVID FUSITUA

5 NGANI LAUMAPE

6 STEVE WAETFORD (c)

7 TUIMOALA LOLOHEA

8 CHARLIE GUBB

9 SILIVA HAVILI

10 UPU POCHING

11 JOHN PALAVI

12 DOMINIQUE PEYROUX

13 DAVID BHANA

Interchange:

14 MICHAEL SIO

15 SAM LISONE

16 ALBERT VETE

17 NATHANIEL PETERU

18 MALO SOLOMONA

 

COACH: ROHAN SMITH