Carlos Tuimavave holds the ball up in a tackle during the NRL VB NSW Cup, Warriors v Tigers. Westpac Stadium, Wellington. 29 March 2014. Photo.: Grant Down / www.photosport.co.nz

NSW CUP PREVIEW | Changes aplenty

The Vodafone Warriors’ New South Wales Cup side bears limited resemblance to the line-up coach Rohan Smith named on Tuesday for their fifth-round New South Wales Cup clash against Cronulla at Remondis Stadium today (2.40pm kick-off).

Of the original side fullback Carlos Tuimavave and winger Jarred Wilson are both out with injury which has led to a major reshuffle of the side.

Captain Steve Waetford moves from standoff to fullback, David Fusitua now starts on the wing instead of in the centres, Dominique Peyroux comes out of the back row to run in the centres and Point Chevalier playmaker Jonathan Carl is called up to fill the standoff’s job.

With Peyroux out of the pack, Michael Sio is off the bench to start in the second row and former Vodafone Warriors NRL squad member Herman Retzlaff comes onto a bench packed with front rowers, the others being the originally named Sam Lisone, Albert Vete and Malo Solomona.

 

CRONULLA SHARKS v VODAFONE WARRIORS

Remondis Stadium, Cronulla

12.40pm (2.40pm NZT), Saturday, April 5

Referee: Daniel Olford

 

 

FIVE KEY FEATURES

 

#1 STEVE WAETFORD | Waetford continues to yo-yo between fullback and standoff. With Carlos Tuimavave out he switches to fullback today. He will be a key as the Vodafone Warriors seek their first win of the season.

#2 DOMINIQUE PEYROUX | Like Waetford, Peyroux has been used in two roles and today finds himself back in the centres due injuries. Scored a try last week which helped the Vodafone Warriors to what looked like being a match-winning lead at the time.

#3 JOHN PALAVI | After sitting out the action as the NRL side’s 18th man in Wellington last week, Palavi will welcome the opportunity to be back on the field today. He faces a tough day out with the side thin on back row resources.

#4 SAM LISONE | After a series of outstanding displays for the NYC team, Lisone has earned a return to New South Wales Cup football today. He topped 230 metres for the Vodafone Junior Warriors against the Tigers.

#5 DAVID BHANA | Along with Palavi and Michael Sio, Bhana is in for plenty of work today give the look of the side’s bench which shows four front rowers. He has been doing time from the bench but is now in the frontline.

 

THE TEAMS 

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS

 

6        STEVE WAETFORD (c)

5        NGANI LAUMAPE

12      DOMINIQUE PEYROUX

3 JARROD TUA

4        DAVID FUSITUA

23      JONATHAN CARL

7        TUIMOALA LOLOHEA

8        CHARLIE GUBB

9        SILIVA HAVILI

10       UPU POCHING

11       JOHN PALAVI

14       MICHAEL SIO

13       DAVID BHANA

Interchange

15       SAM LISONE

16 ALBERT VETE

17       NATHANIEL PETERU

20       HERMAN RETZLAFF

COACH | ROHAN SMITH

 

TELEVISION COVERAGE

Live on SKY Sport 2, 2.40pm.