Isaiah Papali’i comes into the starting line-up and Issac Luke is confirmed at hooker for the Vodafone Warriors’ ninth-round NRL clash against the Wests Tigers at Mount Smart Stadium tonight (7.30pm kick-off, match day sponsor: TNT).

Head coach Stephen Kearney has switched veteran Simon Mannering and Papali’i with Mannering going to the bench and Papali’i starting on the left edge.

The rest of the starting line-up is as named on Tuesday with Mannering joining hooker Karl Lawton and front rowers Sam Lisone and James Gavet on the bench. Mason Lino and Albert Vete drop off.

Former Gold Coast utility Lawton made 12 appearances for the Titans in 2016 and 2017. He will become Vodafone Warrior #229 when he takes the field tonight.

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS v WESTS TIGERS

7.30pm, Saturday, May 05, 2018
Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
Referees: Ben Cummins and Grant Atkins

VODAFONE WARRIORS

1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK (c)
2 DAVID FUSITU’A
3 PETA HIKU
4 SOLOMONE KATA
5 KEN MAUMALO
6 BLAKE GREEN
7 SHAUN JOHNSON
8 BUNTY AFOA
9 ISSAC LUKE
10 AGNATIUS PAASI
16 ISAIAH PAPALI’I
12 TOHU HARRIS
13 ADAM BLAIR
Interchange:
11 SIMON MANNERING
14 KARL LAWTON
15 SAM LISONE
17 JAMES GAVET

HEAD COACH | STEPHEN KEARNEY