Sam Rapira breaks to score.Raiders v Warriors. NRL rugby league match. GIO Stadium, Sydney Australia. Saturday 3 August 2014. Photo: Paul Seiser/Photosport.co.nz

NSW CUP PREVIEW | Rapira, Townsend in

Veteran Vodafone Warriors front rower Sam Rapira and playmaker Chad Townsend are both turning out for the club’s New South Wales Cup side in today’s vital 24th- round match against the Newtown Jets at Mount Smart Stadium No 2 (1.00pm kick-off).

Rapira and Townsend were originally named in the club’s 20-man squad for tomorrow’s NRL encounter with the Sydney Roosters.

Rapira will start in the front row and Townsend at halfback in a match the seventh-placed Vodafone Warriors need to win to both end a three-game losing run and firm up their bid to play in the finals.

There are other line-up changes, too, with Solomone Kata now starting on the wing instead of Ngataua Hukatai and Carlos Tuimavave and Michael Sio in the centres for Kata and Ken Maumalo.

Taking Tuimavave’s place in the halves is Sam Cook while Upu Poching moves to the bench to make way for Rapira.

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS v NEWTOWN JETS

Mount Smart Stadium No 2, Auckland

1.00pm, Saturday, August 23

Referee: Shane Rehm

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS

1        STEVE WAETFORD (c)

4        SOLOMONE KATA

15       MICHAEL SIO

6        CARLOS TUIMAVAVE

5        JARROD TUA

7        SAM COOK

22       CHAD TOWNSEND

8        SAM LOUSI

9        SILIVA HAVILI

20       SAM RAPIRA

11       RAYMOND FAITALA-MARINER

12       JOHN PALAVI

13       AGNATIUS PAASI

Interchange:

10       UPU POCHING

14       ALBERT VETE

16       ABRAHAM PAPALII

17       DAVID BHANA

COACH: ROHAN SMITH