General IKAHIHIFO is BACK

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Ikahihifo to play first NYC game of season
Junior Kiwi Sebastine Ikahihifo returns from a long injury layoff to make his first appearance of the season in the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ 13th-round NYC clash against the Sydney Roosters at Sydney Football Stadium tomorrow night.
The 20-year-old loose forward was among the NYC premiership-winning side’s top performers last year, culminating in him playing for the Junior Kiwis in two internationals against the Junior Kangaroos.
However, a broken leg in the offseason kept him sidelined until a few weeks ago when he began his comeback with his Auckland club Mangere East.
He comes onto the interchange bench this weekend as the Vodafone Junior Warriors seek to extend their winning streak to five. Since losing to Melbourne on Anzac Day they’ve overpowered Penrith 56-26, Gold Coast 38-20, Newcastle 48-28 and South Sydney 62-6 to surge to the top of the points table.
Apart from Ikahihifo’s inclusion, coach John Ackland has made two other changes from the side used in the clash against the Rabbitohs. Jordan Meads returns at halfback for Eko Malu and prop Nathaniel Peteru, who came back home after being in Brisbane’s junior system, will make his debut after being sidelined with a hand injury.
When the Vodafone Junior Warriors met the Roosters in Auckland in April, they won 42-0. They’ve set themselves apart as the competition’s most prolific points-scoring team of the season, scoring a total of 422 points so far (an average of 38 points a game).
Winger DJ Collier is the NYC’s top points scorer with 124 points – he has played only nine games – while fullback Omar Slaimankhel is the leading try-scorer with 14 touchdowns in 11 appearances (and a career tally of 26 tries in 23 games).

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v SYDNEY ROOSTERS

Sydney Football Stadium, Randiwck
5.15pm, Saturday, June 4


VODAFONE WARRIORS

1 OMAR SLAIMANKHEL
2 SIMON GIBSON
3 SOSAIA FEKI
4 KONRAD HURRELL
5 DJ COLLIER
6 ADAM HENRY
7 JORDAN MEADS
8 SIULONGUA FOTOFILI
9 EDDIE AKI
10 DONALD TONY
11 SAMIUELA LOUSI
12 BEN HENRY (c)
13 JOHN PALAVI
Interchange:
14 SILIVA HAVILI
15 SIO SIUA TAUKEIAHO
16 NATHAN IEL PETERU
17 SEBASTINE IKAHIHIFO
18 EKO MALU

COACH: JOHN ACKLAND

Good news imo, he'll only strengthen the team.
 

NEWBIE_old

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a future first grader no doubt hopefully for the Warriors, Great work rate, will help the defence, which i have to say needs improving if they want to win the comp again
 

Fazz_old

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Hopefully. He'll find it hard to find a spot in the 2nd row/lock. But I'm hopeful he can force his way in there. I wish there was room for both Ikahihifo, Taylor, Brown and Tai'ai in the 2nd row. Unfortunately there's probably only room for 2 of them at most.
 

Spence_old

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Adam Henry at 6 will be interesting. Could Viking perhaps provide us with a bit of insight?
 

Fazz_old

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Henry played there last game too. Ran the ball a fair bit but I didn't notice him doing much kicking.
 

PB_old

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I just want anyone with a tricky name to make the grade so we can mess with the Aussie commentators' heads. I love the idea of their prep and match call being a nightmare.
 
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Fazz_old

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Ah my bad, I didn't see the game.

Haha sweet as. But yeah I don't know how much play making he did, seemed to just be doing his own thing, we won though so meh. It'll do until one of our halves get back from injury lol
 

Chch fan_old

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Pretty fair efforts given that Mead and Carlos have both been missing. Good to see Mead back. I'm no expert but it looked to me as if Carlos did a lot of organisation on defence and thats hert them a bit in the last few weeks.
Geeting back on topic am really looking foward to seeing Ikahihfo back although it will probibly take him a couple of games to get back to his best.
 

bigstuboy_old

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such great news this kid was on fire last year for junior warriors and jnr kiwis