David Bhana of the Warriors. New Zealand Warriors v Manly Sea Eagles. NSW Cup rugby league match at Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday 27 July 2014. Photo: Jason Oxenham/Photosport.co.nz

NSW CUP FINALS | Change to pack

(4) ILLAWARRA v (8) VODAFONE WARRIORS

Leichhardt Oval, Sydney

6.10pm, Sunday, September 14

Referee: Adam Cassidy

 

Back rower David Bhana has been brought into the starting line-up for the Vodafone Warriors’ week two New South Wales Cup play-off against Illawarra at Leichhardt Oval in Sydney today (6.10pm kick-off local time; 8.10pm NZT).

He comes off the originally-named bench to replace Upu Poching. He is expected to start at loose forward with Agnatius Paasi going to the front row in jersey No 13.

The rest of the starting side is as selected while the confirmed bench comprises Albert Vete, Abraham Papalii, Michael Ki and Daniel Palavi.

After finishing eighth in the regular season, the Vodafone Warriors made a strong start to their finals campaign with a 36-28 win over the fifth-placed Mounties last week.

In contrast fourth-placed Illawarra’s finals bid hit rough air as it fell 6-42 to minor premier Penrith in week one.

Six Vodafone Warriors players have had a taste of NRL football this season – centre Dominique Peyroux, standoff Carlos Tuimavave, props Sam Lousi and Paasi, hooker Siliva Havili and second rower John Palavi.

The match is live on SKY Sport 2 from 8.10pm NZT.

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS

1        STEVE WAETFORD (c)

2        TANGI ROPATI

3        DOMINIQUE PEYROUX

4        MICHAEL SIO

5        JARROD TUA

6        CARLOS TUIMAVAVE

7        SAM COOK

14       DAVID BHANA

9        SILIVA HAVILI

10       SAM LOUSI

11       JOHN PALAVI

12       RAYMOND FAITALA-MARINER

13       AGNATIUS PAASI

Interchange:

15       ALBERT VETE

17       ABRAHAM PAPALII

18       MICHAEL KI

22       DANIEL PALAVI

COACH: ROHAN SMITH