Former Vodafone Junior Warriors co-captain Mason Lino makes his comeback from a long injury lay-off in the NSW Cup on Saturday. Image | www.photosport.co.nz

Halfback Mason Lino makes his first New South Wales Cup appearance of the season in the Vodafone Warriors’ ninth-round encounter with Manly at Henson Park on Saturday (1.00pm kick-off local time; 3.00pm NZT).

Lino defied a shoulder injury to help the Vodafone Junior Warriors to their NYC grand final win last October before having offseason surgery.

He began his comeback with the Marist Saints in Auckland’s Fox Memorial competition and has now been named for his fourth NSW Cup outing for the club (he appeared three times for the side last year).

Lino, who finished his NYC career last year with 503 points in 62 games, joins Api Pewhairangi in the halves on Saturday with Sam Cook switched from halfback to fullback.

In other changes Marata Niukore follows up his appearance for the Junior Kiwis last Saturday with a starting role in the centres alongside David Fusitu’a. They replace Konrad Hurrell and Dominique Peyroux, both promoted to the NRL side after impressing in last week’s Pacific Test in Robina; Fusitu’a has recovered from the neck injury which forced him off the field in the Vodafone Warriors’ NRL loss to Gold Coast on Anzac Day.

Of the rest of the side that beat Newtown 44-18 on Anzac Day, Glen Fisiiahi (knee) is out, Paul Ulberg returns to the NYC and Albert Vete is on the NRL team’s interchange. 

 

MANLY SEA EAGLES v VODAFONE WARRIORS

Henson Park, Sydney

1.00pm, Saturday, May 09

Referee: Drew Oultram

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS

1 SAM COOK

2 KEN MAUMALO

3 MARATA NIUKORE

4 DAVID FUSITU’A

5 JARROD TUA

6 API PEWHAIRANGI

7 MASON LINO

8 SUAIA MATAGI

9 SILIVA HAVILI

10 CHARLIE GUBB

11 SIONE LOUSI

12 RAYMOND FAITALA-MARINER

13 SEBASTINE IKAHIHIFO

Interchange:

14 DAVID BHANA

15 JOHN PALAVI (c)

16 NATHANIEL PETERU

17 JAMES BELL

20 UPU POCHING

COACH: STACEY JONES