After being named on the bench Solomone Kata will start in the centres in the New South Wales Cup today. Image | www.photosport.co.nz

NSW CUP LATE MAIL | Major shuffle

Coach Rohan Smith will take a radically reshaped Vodafone Warriors side into today’s ninth-round New South Wales Cup clash against the Mounties at Eden Park (12.40pm kick-off).

Most of the changes come in the backline where Smith has been forced to alter his line-up after losing original selections Braxton Stanley, Dominique Peyroux and Dane Nielsen to injury.

It means Carlos Tuimavave, named at standoff, will now start in the centres while Tuimoala Lolohea comes into the halves after not being listed on Tuesday.

Solomone Kata, named on the bench, will start in the centres, and selected from Auckland’s Fox Memorial championship on the wing is Otahuhu’s Christian Mika.

There’s one change in the forwards with Upu Poching in for Nathaniel Peteru while utility Sam Cook is brought onto the bench.

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS v MOUNTIES

Eden Park, Auckland

12.40pm, Saturday, May 10

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS                   

1        STEVE WAETFORD (c)

20       CHRISTIAN MIKA

21       SOLOMONE KATA

6        CARLOS TUIMAVAVE

5        JARROD TUA

22       TUIMOALA LOLOHEA

7        MASON LINO

16       UPU POCHING

9        SILIVA HAVILI

10       CHARLES P GUBB

11       AGNATIUS PAASI

12       RAYMOND FAITALA-MARINER

13       JOHN PALAVI

Interchange:

14       ABRAHAM PAPALII

15       ALBERT VETE

17       MICHAEL SIO

23       SAM COOK

18       DANIEL PALAVI

COACH: ROHAN SMITH

 

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