Tuimavave back to bolster Vodafone Junior Warriors
Tuesday 4 September 2012 2:37 PM
Carlos Tuimavave returns from a five-game NRL stint to line up for the Vodafone Junior Warriors in their week one NYC finals clash against the Raiders at Canberra Stadium on Sunday (3.30pm kick-off local time).
The 20-year-old Tuimavave, who’s in his third and final NYC season, missed the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ last six regular season matches.
He made his 50th NYC appearance against Newcastle before travelling to Perth as 18th man for the Vodafone Warriors’ NRL match against Manly. The following week he became Vodafone Warrior No 177 in his first-grade debut against Cronulla, the first of five straight outings.
With the NRL team’s season over, Tuimavave is back at standoff for his third taste of NYC finals football in as many seasons. He’ll partner 18-year-old NYC rookie Mason Lino in the halves with Peta Hiku, who has been filling the No 6 role recently, going back to the wing in place of Viliami Lolohea. Omar Slaimankhel, who scored his 47th try in his 50th NYC match last weekend, will again line up at fullback in a now settled line-up.
The forward pack named to start is the same used in the last two outings, the 30-28 win against St George Illawarra and last Sunday’s 26-12 victory over the Raiders. Another player joining the 50-game club on Sunday will be hooker Siliva Havili, who has scored 13 tries in 22 games so far this year.
Trent Bishop, Toka Likiliki and Albert Vete are again on the bench with Nathaniel Peteru back in the squad alongside them.
The Vodafone Junior Warriors’ win over Canberra last weekend secured a share of top spot on the ladder, the Bulldogs taking the minor premiership on points for and against.
With Canberra third in the NYC and the Raiders’ NRL side earning a home play-off under the new finals format, the Vodafone Junior Warriors have been handed the difficult mission of taking on the young Raiders in Canberra.
VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v CANBERRA RAIDERS
Canberra Stadium, Canberra
1.30pm, Sunday, September 09
VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS
1 OMAR SLAIMANKHEL
2 PETA HIKU
3 NGANI LAUMAPE
4 NGATAUA HUKATAI
5 DAVID FUSITUA
6 CARLOS TUIMAVAVE
7 MASON LINO
8 LIGI SAO
9 SILIVA HAVILI
10 SIULONGOUA FOTOFILI
11 JOHN PALAVI (c)
12 SIO SIUA TAUKEIAHO
13 DAVID BHANA
14 TRENT BISHOP
15 TOKA LIKILIKI
16 NATHANIEL PETERU
17 ALBERT VETE
18 VILIAMI LOLOHEA
COACH: JOHN ACKLAND