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No late line-up changes have been made to the Vodafone Warriors for today’s 10th-round NRL clash against Canterbury-Bankstown at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton (4.00pm kick-off).

It means Andrew McFadden, in his first game since being appointed head coach permanently, will use the same combination which overwhelmed Canberra 54-12 last Saturday.

The table-topping Bulldogs come into the match on the back of six consecutive wins while the Vodafone Warriors have won their last two.

This will be the third time the Vodafone Warriors have played a regular season NRL match in Hamilton; the first two against Parramatta in 2005 and 2006 were both lost.

Captain Simon Mannering makes his 198th NRL appearance today and hooker Nathan Friend, re-signed this week for another season, plays for the club for the 48th time.

Winger Manu Vatuvei, who has seven tries in eight games, looks to extend a run which has seen him score 23 tries in his last 25 NRL matches. He is now in the top 25 all-time try-scorers in the competition.

 

CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS v VODAFONE WARRIORS

Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

4.00pm, Sunday, May 18

Referees: Ashley Klein and Alan Shortall

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS

1        SAM TOMKINS

2        NGANI LAUMAPE

3        KONRAD HURRELL

4        BEN HENRY

5        MANU VATUVEI

6        CHAD TOWNSEND

7        SHAUN JOHNSON

8        SUAIA MATAGI

9        NATHAN FRIEND

10       JACOB LILLYMAN

11       JAYSON BUKUYA

12       BEN MATULINO

12       SIMON MANNERING (c)

Interchange:

14       FELETI MATEO

15       SEBASTINE IKAHIHIFO

16       SIONE LOUSI

17       KEVIN LOCKE

HEAD COACH: ANDREW McFADDEN

 

BETTING – WWW.TAB.CO.NZ

FIND ODDS FOR VODAFONE WARRIORS v BULLDOGS

Head to head odds – Bulldogs $1.70 v Vodafone Warriors $2.05

https://www.tab.co.nz/sport/#17

 

TV COVERAGE

SKY SPORT 2: Live at 4.00pm NZT.