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Western Suburbs Magpies vs Auckland Vulcans
3pm (5pm NZ time) Saturday March 17
Campbelltown Sports Stadium

1 Glen Fisiiahi
2 Dylan Collier
3 Ivan Penehe
4 Rusty Bristow
5 Willie Peace
6 Steve Waetford
7 Pita Godinet
8 Herman Retzlaff
9 Darin Kingi
21 Tulson Caird
11 Agnatius Paasi
12 Sam Lousi
13 Sebastine Ikahihifo

14 Alehana Mara
15 Tavita Latu
16 Arden McCarthy
17 Murray Iti
18 Willie Stowers
19 Soape Kavaliku
20 Daniel Palavi

COACH Ricky Henry

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"sigh of relief", no Inu named in that squad. You can never be too sure with him.


Reformed bad boy Latu eyes Warriors chance

One-time rugby league bad boy Tevita Latu has returned to New Zealand and will play for the Warriors' feeder team, the Auckland Vulcans.

The talented Cronulla Sharks hooker had his contract ripped up and was deregistered by the NRL in 2006 after he punched a 19-year-old model in the face at a Sydney petrol station during a night out.

He was convicted of assault and served 200 hours of community service after appealing his original sentence of eight months' periodic detention.

Later that year, he signed to play with the Wakefield Wildcats in the Super League before returning to Australia in 2011 after agreeing to turn out for the Central Queensland Comets in the Queensland Cup.

It's understood he moved back to New Zealand in December and called Vulcans coach Ricky Henry to see whether he could trial for the team.

He has also agreed to play for Pt Chevalier in Auckland's Fox Memorial competition.

Latu, who last night took the field against the Windsor Wolves in Sydney, is not contracted to the Vulcans but will play for match payments.

He is now also on the radar of the Warriors but CEO Wayne Scurrah said any possible contract offer at this stage had not been discussed.

"Any Vulcans player is considered for selection," Scurrah said.

" If he's performing on and off the field to all expectations, he wouldn't be excluded for consideration. Ultimately, it comes down to the coach and how he plays.

"At the end of the day, he's playing for the Auckland team and we would be guided by how he goes on the field. We haven't had to consider him yet but would do that at the right time," Scurrah said.

Vulcans manager Steve Brewster said Latu's past had been "a consideration" but also said that he believed in second chances.

"We are always concerned about people's pasts but we are prepared to give Tevita an opportunity," Brewster said. "We've done that previously and things have panned out fine."

Henry said Latu had "bought in to the team's culture" and had trained with total commitment during the pre-season.

"This is an opportunity for him and hopefully he puts his best foot forward," Henry said.

"He looks really good. He's not as quick as he was when he originally left the Warriors but over the last two weeks he's been looking really good."

At 30, Latu is unlikely to fulfil his wish of returning to the NRL.

Henry said he hoped it wasn't the end of the promising hooker's career but was also realistic about his chances of progressing beyond the New South Wales Cup.

"I had a good, long conversation with him when he came back to New Zealand and we talked about what happened when he was at Cronulla was in 2006. There's been nearly seven years since," Henry said.

"I said to him that the values I have instilled in the team are about honesty, trust and respect.

"He's definitely lived by that in the last couple of months. He deserves an opportunity and the ball's in his court right now.

Henry said, "He's actually told me he wants to give something back to the game, to the young guys coming through the system."


Auckland Vulcans forced to make changes

Last week Auckland Vulcans coach Ricky Henry lost three of his original choices he’s had more of the same in the lead-up to today’s third-round New South Wales Cup encounter with Western Suburbs at Campbelltown Stadium in Sydney.
Centre Rusty Bristow has again been ruled out as have hooker Darin Kingi and prop Tulson Caird.
Also unavailable is loose forward Sebastine Ikahihifo, who was also named in the Vodafone Warriors’ 20-man squad earlier this week for tomorrow’s NRL match against the Canterbury-Bankstown at Mount Smart Stadium. He was the Vodafone Warriors’ 18th man against Parramatta on Monday night and hasn’t travelled to Sydney with the Vulcans for today’s match.
On the positive side Vodafone Warriors hooker Alehana Mara returns after missing last Saturday’s disappointing 8-34 loss to the Windsor Wolves. He replaces Kingi, Ruben Williams will again start in the centres for Bristow, former Vodafone Junior Warriors prop Daniel Palavi is likely to take Caird’s spot and former Vodafone Warrior Tevita Latu is set to start at loose forward.
Brought onto the bench is current Vodafone Junior Warriors prop Siulongoua Fotofili, who will make his New South Wales Cup debut. The former Wesley College and New Zealand Secondary Schools rugby union forward switched to rugby league last season, making 22 appearances in the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ premiership-winning campaign. He played in Monday night’s 38-26 win against the Eels but has been given the opportunity to play some longer minutes than he has had in the first two rounds of the NYC season.
Two other players with Vodafone Warriors connections are also included on the five-man bench – hooker Henry Chan-Ting, who was also in the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ 2011 NYC squad, and Arden McCarthy, who was in the 2008 NYC squad.
Apart from Mara, the other current Vodafone Warriors NRL squad members lining up for the Vulcans today are fullback Glen Fisiiahi, centre Ivan Penehe, halfback Pita Godinet and second rower Sam Lousi.
The Vulcans, 2011 New South Wales Cup grand finalists, have started their campaign with losses to Newcastle and Windsor. Wests have also lost both games, hammered 64-10 by Wentworthville last weekend and 46-8 by Manly in the first round.

Western Suburbs v Auckland Vulcans
Campbelltown Stadium
3.00pm, Saturday, March 17

Auckland Vulcans: Glen Fisiiahi; DJ Collier, Ivan Penehe, Ruben Williams, Willie Peace; Steve Waetford, Pita Godinet; Herman Retzlaff, Alehana Mara, Daniel Palavi; Agnatius Paasi, Sam Lousi; Tevita Latu. Interchange: Arden McCarthy, Murray Iti, Willie Stowers, Siulongoua Fotofili, Henry Chan-Ting.
Coach: Ricky Henry.
Western Suburbs: Zoran Watene; Merv Williamson, Dale Roberts, Aaron Teariki, Daniel Perkins; Trent Touma, Nigel Millgate; Jay Maseuli, Lionel O’Mally, Aaron Sweeney; John Leiataua, Seffa Slafu; Alex Frail. Interchange: Dean Parata, Tom Morrison, Alan Daly, Daniel La Manna, Mundarra Weldon.
Coach: Trevor Schodel.
Referee: Tony De Las Heras.


I wonder if Murray Iti is related to Brett Iti who played for the Auckland union team before signing with Bradford?


beat me to it!

Sounds like Fish is really banging on that door of first grade. How can they ignore him if he keeps this up? Even if all the other backs are playing well they'll have to find a spot.

Chch fan_old

Go the Vulcans!!!

Six tries for the Fish! Awesome news.

They may be up against an average side??? But still great to see the boys get a bit of confidence up!!!

Has anyone got a stream??

Chch fan_old

beat me to it!

Sounds like Fish is really banging on that door of first grade. How can they ignore him if he keeps this up? Even if all the other backs are playing well they'll have to find a spot.

I agree he must be really close but if the current backline stay fit and pro form I could see them sticking with it for a bit.


Not sure about NSW cup but Chris Walker scored 7 for Toowoomba in the Qcup 10 years ago.