Charnze Nicoll Klokstad. NZ Warriors v Blacktown Sea Eagles

Vodafone Warriors coach Ricky Henry has been able to name a fairly settled squad for the competition leaders’ sixth-round Intrust Super Premiership encounter with the Newtown Jets at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday (11.45am kick-off).

Loose forward James Bell returns to the side after serving a one-game suspension but hooker Nathaniel Roache has again been named on the extended bench for the NRL side’s match against Parramatta on Sunday.

Roache laid on the Vodafone Warriors’ first two tries for Ofa Ogden and Bunty Afoa in the side’s 26-14 win over Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles last weekend (the team’s fifth straight win this season).

That sees Jazz Tevaga being named at hooker after being used at hooker last Sunday.

Out of the side and cruelly facing a long stint on the sideline is promising utility Tevin Arona, who was stretchered off the field with a broken leg last weekend.

While the Vodafone Warriors are alone on top of the ladder on 10 points, the Jets have a 2-3 win-loss record coming off a loss to Newcastle last weekend.

Meanwhile, NRL rookies Erin Clark and Isaiah Papali’i have again been named to turn out for the Vodafone Junior Warriors in their sixth-round NYC match against Parramatta.

In their first appearances for the side this year, they both worked hard in a beaten side last weekend, Papali’i finishing with more than 150 metres.

After leading 14-12 at halftime, the Vodafone Junior Warriors fell well behind 14-34 but came home strongly scoring three late tries before going down 30-34.

Halfback Paul Turner (17) is in line to make his debut after being named at halfback while his brother Lee – also a 2017 rookie – is again named at fullback.

 

INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS v NEWTOWN JETS

Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

11.45am, Sunday, April 9

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS

1 CHARNZE NICOLL-KLOKSTAD

2 JUNIOR PAUGA

3 MATT ALLWOOD

4 SEMISI FOTU

5 TUIMOALA LOLOHEA

6 SAM COOK

7 MASON LINO (c)

8 PATRICK SIPLEY

9 JAZZ TEVAGA

10 ALBERT VETE

11 OFAHIKI OGDEN

12 BUNTY AFOA

13 JAMES BELL

Interchange:

14 REECE CHARLIE

15 CHRIS SATAE

16 DANIEL PALAVI

17 PAULOS LATU

20 MATTHEW SAUNI 

21 KING VUNIYAYAWA

COACH | RICKY HENRY

 

NYC

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS v PARRAMATTA EELS

Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

1.45pm, Sunday, April 9

 

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS

1 LEE TURNER

2 LEWIS SOOSEMEA

3 KANE TELEA

4 GIBSON POPOALII

5 MATHEW FAITOTOA

6 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA

7 PAUL TURNER

8 KENESE KENESE (c)

9 ERIN CLARK

10 CHRIS SIO (c)

11 JOE VUNA

12 PRESTON RIKI

13 ISAIAH PAPALI'I

Interchange:

14 SOANE HUFANGA

15 TYLER SLADE

16 NATHAN NEWTON

17 DYLAN TAVITA

18 JEROME MAMEA

20 JORDAN PINNOCK

21 SHANE HANNAM

22 KEANU LAUMATIA-PAKI

23 TAYHLER PAORA

24 EIDEN ACKLAND

COACH | GRANT POCKLINGTON