NZ Warriors player Upu Poching is tackled by  Sea Eagles player Tyson Andrews in the NSW Cup Rugby League, NZ Warriors v Sea Eagles at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. 25 July 2015. Copyright Photo: Fiona Goodall / www.photosport.nz

Vodafone Warriors coach Stacey Jones has again been forced to shuffle his playing resources for Saturday’s 21st-round New South Wales Cup clash against Newtown at Henson Park (3.00pm kick-off local time; 5.00pm NZT).

Coming off just their second home defeat of the season, the Vodafone Warriors are in a four-way tie at the top of the table on 28 points but lie fourth on points for and against.

A contentious no-try ruling denied them victory against Manly last week and the chance to retain outright ownership of the lead.

Of the side used in the 16-18 loss to the Sea Eagles last Saturday, wing Ken Maumalo and loose forward Sebastine Ikahihifo have been named in the NRL line-up to face Cronulla at Mount Smart Stadium this weekend.

Sam Rapira and Glen Fisiiahi, who both played against Manly last week, have been named in the NSW Cup side this weekend. The original combination again includes three players still eligible for the NYC – wing Tomas Aoake (who made his NSW Cup debut last week), hooker Nathaniel Roache and standoff Ata Hingano.

While the Vodafone Warriors have won four of their last five games, the Newtown Jets are still eighth on 20 points despite losing their last three matches.

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS v NEWTOWN JETS

Henson Park, Sydney

3.00pm, Saturday, August 01

Referee: Liam Nicholls

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS

1 GLEN FISIIAHI

2 TOMAS AOAKE

3 MATTHEW ALLWOOD

4 DOMINIQUE PEYROUX

5 VILIAMI KAVEINGA

6 ATA HINGANO

7 MASON LINO

8 UPU POCHING

9 NATHANIEL ROACHE

10 SAM RAPIRA

11 JOHN PALAVI (c)

12 JAMES BELL

13 DAVID BHANA

Interchange:

14 PATRICK SIPLEY

15 DANIEL PALAVI

16 KOUMA SAMSON

17 ZAC TIPPINS

COACH: STACEY JONES

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