Shaun Johnson has been ruled out of the New Zealand Warriors’ line-up for the second straight week and his continued absence is a potential disaster for the top-eight hopefuls. But the superstar No.7’s withdrawal from the trip to Canberra provides another opportunity for wunderkind utility-back Tuimoala Lolohea.
Lolohea, equally at home at fullback or in the halves, made his debut off the bench against Manly last weekend, showing glimpses of his elusive skills in a brief stint.
The 19-year-old has blistering speed and sensational footwork in the mould of Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, but boasts the playmaking chops to command a spot in the halves; he can expect more minutes on Sunday and could cause havoc against a shoddy Canberra Raiders defence.
Lolohea spearheaded the Warriors Under-20s’ drive to last year’s NYC Grand Final, finishing the year with 22 tries in 28 games – including a four-try haul in an incredible semi-final defeat of the Roosters. Catch a taste of what you can expect in the weeks and years to come from the latest entertainer to strut off the Warriors’ production line:
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