NYC ROUND #18 | Kaveinga comeback

Viliami Kaveinga’s long wait is almost over after being named to make his comeback in the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ 18th-round NYC match against Parramatta at Mount Smart Stadium on Saturday (3.10pm kick-off; match day sponsor: TNT).

The 20-year-old Mangere East Hawks product had his 2013 campaign ended by a frustrating hamstring injury in the final regular season outing against St George Illawarra.

The complaint kept him out of the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ finals games and it has taken until the 16th match of the 2014 season for him to make his return.

He has been named on the wing while centre-second rowers Ken Maumalo and Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard are also set to return from injury. They’ve been listed in the back row. Tuimavave-Gerrard plays his 47th NYC match on Saturday.

The Vodafone Junior Warriors go into this week’s clash lying seventh on the table with 20 points, four behind the fourth-placed Eels with both teams coming off their second bye of the season.

The Eels had back-to-back losses before their bye but the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ last outing was marked by an exceptional match-winning second half display.

After being 0-13 down at the break, they scored 30 unanswered points to beat Penrith 30-13.

Co-captain Mason Lino converted all five tries en route to reaching 400 career points in his 53rd NYC match.

 

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v PARRAMATTA EELS

Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

3.10pm, Saturday, July 12

 

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS

1 BRAD ABBEY

2 VILIAMI KAVEINGA

3 SEMISI TYRELL

4 NATHANIEL ROACHE

5 METIA LISATI

6 MAFOA’AEATA HINGANO

7 MASON LINO (c)

8 IULIO AFOA 

9 KURT ROBINSON

10 SAM LISONE (c)

11 TOAFOFOA SIPLEY

12 KEN MAUMALO

13 ADAM TUIMAVAVE-GERRARD

Interchange:

14 JAZZ TEVAGA

15 MARATA NIUKORE

16 PAUL TULI

17 OFAHIKI OGDEN

18 JAMES BELL

COACH: STACEY JONES