Marata Niukore of the Warriors in action. Round 22 Holden Cup, Junior Warriors v Junior Sharks, Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday 10 August 2014. Photo: photosport.co.nz

A number of changes have been made to the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ line-up for tonight’s second-round NYC encounter with the Raiders at GIO Stadium in Canberra (4.15pm kick-off local time; 6.15pm NZT).

Captain Nathaniel Roache has been switched from hooker to start in the centres while Sheldon Pitama, who appeared for Melbourne in the NYC last year, will make his first appearance for the club in the dummy half role.

With Roache coming into the centres, Marata Niukore moves to the second row and Ofahiki Ogden goes to the bench.

Ruled out of today’s contest is the side’s most experienced played Toafofoa Sipley resulting on Amoni  Tufui making his NYC debut as a starting front rower and Roman Tuhimata coming onto the bench for his first appearance in the competition.

While the Vodafone Junior Warriors started their title defence with a 16-41 loss to Newcastle, the Raiders edged out Cronulla 34-32.

 

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v CANBERRA RAIDERS 

GIO Stadium, Canberra

4.15pm, Sunday, March 15

 

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS

1 BRAD ABBEY

2 TOMAS AOAKE

9 NATHANIEL ROACHE (c)

4 SEMISI TYRELL

5 PAUL ULBERG

6 ATA HINGANO

7 ERIN CLARK

8 BUNTY AFOA

14 SHELDON PITAMA

15 AMONI TUFUI

3 MARATA NIUKORE

12 MATIU LOVE-HENRY

13 JAZZ TEVAGA

Interchange:

11 OFAHIKI OGDEN

16 WESLEY TAUTI

17 ISAIAH COOPER-TETEVANO

20 ROMAN TUHIMATA

COACH: KELVIN WRIGHT