James Bell, Vodafone Warriors training session ahead of the weekends NRL Auckland Nines tournament. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland. 1 February 2017. Copyright Image: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

With regular captain Mason Lino called up for NRL duty, loose forward James Bell will lead the Vodafone Warriors in their 20th-round Intrust Super Premiership clash against Newtown at Henson Park on Saturday (3.00pm kick-off local time, 5.00pm NZT).

Bell was typically energetic in his side’s vital 28-14 win over Illawarra last week, a victory which ended a run of four matches without success.

He made 115 metres from 15 runs plus 34 tackles as the second-placed Vodafone Warriors set about firming up their campaign.

Prop Chris Satae (151 metres) and second rower Ofahiki Ogden (108) also topped 100 metres among the forwards while centre Junior Pauga, who grabbed two tries to lift his tally to 12, clocked up 303 metres. New recruits Zac Santo (133) and Bureta Faraimo (120) also gained plenty of ground.

The Vodafone Warriors will run into a desperate Newtown side sitting 10th and needing victory to have a chance of staying alive in the hunt for a spot in the finals.

Meanwhile, the Vodafone Junior Warriors will use Israel Ogden at fullback against North Queensland in Townsville on Saturday.

 

INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS v NEWTOWN JETS

Henson Park, Sydney

3.00pm, Saturday, July 22

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS

1        ZAC SANTO

22       PAULOS LATU

3        MATTHEW ALLWOOD

4        JUNIOR PAUGA

5        BURETA FARAIMO

6        SAM COOK

14       JAZZ TEVAGA

8        CHRIS SATAE

9        MANAIA CHERRINGTON

10       DANIEL PALAVI

11       OFAHIKI OGDEN

12       ISAIAH PAPALI’I

13       JAMES BELL (c)

Interchange:

15       TOAFOFOA SIPLEY

16       PATRICK SIPLEY

17       JOHNNY VUETIBAU

18       KING VUNIYAYAWA

20       REECE CHARLIE

COACH | RICKY HENRY

 

NYC

 

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS

1300SMILES Stadium, Townsville

5.15pm, Saturday, July 22

 

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS

1        ISRAEL OGDEN

2        MARK GRAHAM

3        MELINO FINEANGANOFO

4        DEAN KOUKA-SMITH

5        GIBSON POPOALII

6        KANE TELEA

7        CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA

8        KENESE KENESE (c)

9        EIDEN ACKLAND

10       TAYHLER PAORA

11       JEROME MAMEA

12       JOE VUNA

13       CHRIS SIO (c)

Interchange:

14       LEWIS SIO

15       SOANE HUFANGA

16       KELEPI LUI

20       KEANU DAWSON

17       TROY PULUPAKI

18       SHELDON ROGERS

21       DONOVAN BRIGGS

22       HAVI TUPOUNIUA

23       ISAIAH PAPALI’I

24       JAVVIER PITOVAO

COACH | GRANT POCKLINGTON

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