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NYC PREVIEW | Maumalo drafted in

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v SYDNEY ROOSTERS

Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

11.45am, Sunday, August 24

Referees: Chris Sutton and Kasey Badger

 

Centre-second rower Ken Maumalo returns to NYC football when he lines up for the Vodafone Junior Warriors in their crucial 24th-round clash against the Sydney Roosters at Mount Smart Stadium today (11.45am kick-off NZT).

After playing 15 NYC matches earlier in the campaign, Maumalo has had four games with the club’s New South Wales Cup side recently.

He comes into the second row today with Toafofoa Sipley, originally named in the back row, reverting to an interchange role while Michael Ki comes off the bench to replace the suspended James Bell.

The Vodafone Junior Warriors remain just inside the top eight but would be at risk of dropping out of it if they don’t win today.

After two consecutive wins they lost 34-40 to the top-ranked Newcastle last Sunday.

         

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS

1        BRAD ABBEY

2        PAUL ULBERG

3        NATHANIEL ROACHE

4        MARATA NIUKORE

5        METIA LISATI

6        SEMISI TYRELL

7        MASON LINO (c)

8        KOUMA SAMSON

9        KURT ROBINSON

10       SAM LISONE (c)

20       KEN MAUMALO

12       ADAM TUIMAVAVE-GERRARD

14       MICHAEL KI

Interchange:

11       TOAFOFOA SIPLEY

15       JAZZ TEVAGA

16       IULIO AFOA

17       OFAHIKI OGDEN

COACH: STACEY JONES

 

COVERAGE:

Live coverage starts on SKY Sport 2 at 11.30am.