Nathaniel Roache during a Vodafone Warriors training session at Mt Smart Stadium

Nathaniel Roache is the latest player to come off the injury list after being named on the bench for the Vodafone Warriors’ fourth-round Intrust Super Premiership clash against the Illawarra Steelers at WIN Stadium in Wollongong on Saturday (3.00pm kick-off local time; 5.00pm NZT).

The 20-year-old was the club’s NRL rookie of the year last year, making his debut in the opening round of the season and going on to make 11 appearances in an injury-interrupted campaign.

His comeback follows fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and forward Ligi Sao making their returns from long lay-offs in last Saturday’s 36-0 shutout against Wests Tigers, a result which has the Ricky Henry-coached side sitting on top of the ISP ladder. It followed victories over Newcastle (52-24) and Canterbury-Bankstown (36-22).

The Vodafone Junior Warriors were just denied their first win of the season last Saturday when the Bulldogs scored a late converted try to win 24-22.

They had the lead for much of the match only to be pipped with three minutes left.

Two changes have been made to the starting line-up to face the Dragons on Sunday with Dylan Tavita named at halfback and Jerome Mamea at loose forward.

 

INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS v ILLAWARRA STEELERS

WIN Stadium, Wollongong

3.00pm, Saturday, March 25

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS

1 CHARNZE NICOLL-KLOKSTAD

2 JUNIOR PAUGA

3 MATT ALLWOOD

4 BLAKE AYSHFORD

5 SEMISI FOTU

6 SAM COOK

7 MASON LINO (c)

8 JAMES GAVET

9 JAZZ TEVAGA

10 PATRICK SIPLEY

11 OFAHIKI OGDEN

12 ISAIAH PAPALI’I

13 JAMES BELL

Interchange:

14 NATHANIEL ROACHE

15 CHRIS SATAE

16 LIGI SAO

17 DANIEL PALAVI

18 PAULOS LATU 

20 TEVIN ARONA

COACH | RICKY HENRY

 

NYC

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS v ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

UOW Jubilee Oval, Sydney

4.15pm, Sunday, March 26

 

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS

1 KANE TELEA

2 LEWIS SOOSEMEA

25 MELINO FINEANGANOFO

4 MAT FAITOTOA

5 EDWARD VAEAU-MULITALO

6 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA

7 DYLAN TAVITA

8 KENESE KENESE (c)

21 CHRIS SIO (c)

10 SOANE HUFANGA

11 JOE VUNA

12 HAVI TUPOUNIUA

13 JEROME MAMEA

Interchange:

9 LIAM HAMPSON

15 ELIJAH SUFIA

16 TROY PULUPAKI

22 NATHAN NEWTON

3 KEANU LAUMATIA-PAKI

14 AUZZIE TUWHANGAI

17 GIBSON POPOALII

20 JORDAN PINNOCK

18 LEE TURNER

23 PRESTON RIKI

COACH | GRANT POCKLINGTON