Hohaia to replace injured Jones for

New Zealand Warriors coach Daniel Anderson has selected Lance Hohaia as Stacey Jones' halfback replacement for Saturday's vital National Rugby League match against Melbourne. It's been confirmed today that JONES will be sidelined for three weeks after suffering a groin injury in New Zealand's Test loss to Australia at Aussie Stadium last Friday night.

In better news for Warriors fans, star second rower Ali Lauiti'iti has been elevated from the bench to the starting line-up. Lauiti'iti is on the comeback trail after missing most of the season after having surgery to remove a cyst in his arm.

The sixth-placed Warriors must beat Melbourne at Ericsson Stadium on to keep the Storm from leapfrogging them on the congested competition table.