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Auckland Vulcans Vs Manly Sea Eagles
Mt Smart Stadium, Saturday, March 24
Kick-off: 3.00pm (NZST) 1.00pm (AEDT)
Referee: Shane Rehm
Broadcast: LIVE on Sky Sports 2 in New Zealand
Summary: New Zealand Rugby League fans will once again have the opportunity to watch all three grades this weekend thanks to Sky Sports' commitment to the VB NSW Cup. The Vulcans lead off a three match program which will also include the Warriors' NYC and NRL clashes with the Gold Coast Titans. The Vulcans got their first win of the season against Western Suburbs last weekend, while Manly made it two from three with their last minute win over Windsor at Brookvale. Krisnan Inu returns to the Vulcans after a few weeks in the NRL covering for the injured Jerome Ropati, and he will join new kid on the block, Ruben Williams, in the centres. For the Sea Eagles, Jason Annear has been elevated to an extended bench in the NRL after his hat-trick against the Wolves last weekend. Manly's Ben Shorter made a successful return to the VB NSW Cup last weekend and he now faces an uphill battle to regain his fullback spot from the inform Ben Falcone.
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