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NYC TEAM NEWS | v Sydney Roosters

One late change has been made for the Vodafone Junior Warriors' 14th-round NYC clash against the Sydney Roosters at Mount Smart Stadium today (3.40pm kick-off; match day sponsor: Vodafone).

Mattais Heimuli has been brought onto the bench to replace the originally-named Roman Tuhimata.

The side has been bolstered with hooker Nathaniel Roache back in the side after being promoted to make his New South Wales Cup debut last Saturday.

His selection means Erin Clark is reunited in the halves with Ata Hingano after operating in the dummy half role in last week’s 34-24 win over South Sydney at Redfern Oval.

Last week’s win cemented fourth spot on the ladder for the Vodafone Junior Warriors. They’re on 17 points, one clear of the fifth-placed Roosters.

In their last outing at Mount Smart Stadium the Vodafone Junior Warriors lost to Newcastle, their first defeat at home this season.

      

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v SYDNEY ROOSTERS

Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

3.40pm, Saturday, June 13

Referees: Alan Shortall and Chris Butler

 

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS

1          BRAD ABBEY

2          TOMAS AOAKE

3          MARATA NIUKORE

4          SEMISI TYRELL

5          JUNIOR PAUGA

6          ATA HINGANO

7          ERIN CLARK

8          BUNTY AFOA

9          NATHANIEL ROACHE

10        AMONI TUFUI

11        OFAHIKI OGDEN

12        MATIU LOVE-HENRY

13        JAZZ TEVAGA

Interchange:

14        CHRIS SIO

15        TUALIMA TUALIMA

17        LEWIS SOOSEMEA

18        MATTAIS HEIMULI

COACH: KELVIN WRIGHT