David Fusitua scores a try. ANZAC Day. NRL Rugby League, Melbourne Storm v Vodafone Warriors, Melbourne, Australia. 25 April 2014. Photo: www.photosport.co.nz

NRL PREVIEW | Fusitu'a on wing

GOLD COAST TITANS v VODAFONE WARRIORS

Cbus Super Stadium, Robina

5.30pm, Saturday, May 24

Referees: Gavin Morris and Henry Perenara

 

David Fusitu’a will make his fourth NRL appearance after an ankle injury ruled Kevin Locke out of his first start of the season in tonight’s 11th-round match against Gold Coast in Robina (5.30pm kick-off local time; 7.30pm NZT).

Fusitu’a (19) was initially selected to start for the club’s New South Wales Cup side today but travelled with the NRL side instead after Locke tweaked an ankle at training this week.

Locke had been chosen on the right wing following two interchange appearances against Canberra and Canterbury-Bankstown.

Shaun Johnson has been confirmed to start despite sitting out training earlier in the week with a groin complaint.

The Vodafone Warriors have won their last six clashes against the Titans.

Tonight’s match moves captain Simon Mannering within one appearance of a major milestone double – 200 NRL games and 100 games as captain – which is set to be achieved, fittingly enough, in the Vodafone Warriors’ first match of the year at Mount Smart Stadium tomorrow week (June 1) against Newcastle.

Former Titans hooker Nathan Friend makes his 49th appearance for the Vodafone Warriors tonight.

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS

1        SAM TOMKINS

21       DAVID FUSITU’A

3        KONRAD HURRELL

4        NGANI LAUMAPE

5        MANU VATUVEI

6        CHAD TOWNSEND

7        SHAUN JOHNSON

8        JACOB LILLYMAN

9        NATHAN FRIEND

10       BEN MATULINO

11       JAYSON BUKUYA

12       BEN HENRY

13       SIMON MANNERING (c)

Interchange:

14       SILIVA HAVILI

15       SUAIA MATAGI

16       FELETI MATEO

17       SEBASTINE IKAHIHIFO

HEAD COACH: ANDREW McFADDEN

 

BETTING – WWW.TAB.CO.NZ

FIND ODDS FOR TITANS v VODAFONE WARRIORS

Head to head | Gold Coast $3.40 v Vodafone Warriors $1.28.

 

TV COVERAGE

SKY SPORT 2: Live at 7.30pm NZT.