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NYC ROUND #12 | Lino back for 50th

Halfback Mason Lino is back from New South Wales Cup duty to make his milestone 50th appearance for the Vodafone Junior Warriors in their 12th-round NYC clash against top-of-the-table Newcastle at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday (1.40pm kick-off).

After playing the first eight matches of the year to go to 49 career appearances, Lino has turned out for the club’s NSW Cup side in the last three rounds.

Also returning after playing at the higher level with Lino is fellow co-captain and prop Sam Lisone.

In their absence the Stacey Jones-coached side has beaten Canberra 54-0, lost to Canterbury-Bankstown 30-31 and triumphed 20-16 against Gold Coast last week.

The return of Lino and Lisone is a timely boost for the seventh-placed Vodafone Junior Warriors as they face a Knights side which has lost only once this season.

 

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

1.40pm, Sunday, June 1

 

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS

1 BRAD ABBEY

2 PAUL ULBERG

3 NGATAUA HUKATAI

4 KEN MAUMALO

5 JOHN WESLEY TAUTI

6 MAFOA’AEATA HINGANO

7 MASON LINO (c)

8 IULIO AFOA 

9 KURT ROBINSON

10 SAM LISONE (c)

11 ADAM TUIMAVAVE-GERRARD

12 MATIU LOVE-HENRY

13 JAMES BELL

Interchange:

14 NATHANIEL ROACHE

15 TOAFOFOA SIPLEY

16 OFAHIKI OGDEN

17 KOUMA SAMSON

18 ALAMOTI FINAU

20 METIA LISATI

COACH: STACEY JONES