The New Zealand Warriors have sacrificed plenty to be lining up for this clash against St George Illawarra.
After relocating from Auckland to NSW due to the travel restrictions in place between Australia and New Zealand because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Warriors will have a lot of sentimental support for the rest of their 2020 premiership campaign.
But the most important focal point for Stephen Kearney is for his team to get a win after losing their first two matches in March.
The Dragons are in the same boat after suffering defeats at the hands of the Wests Tigers and Panthers to open their season.
Match: Warriors v Dragons
Round 3 -
Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast
Warriors: Former Raider Jack Murchie has been elevated into the interchange for his new club. Eliesa Katoa has been promoted to the starting second row with Isaiah Papali'i switching to lock and Adam Blair to prop. Front-rower Lachlan Burr was omitted 24 hours from kick-off along with bench back Adam Pompey, while Chanel Harris-Tavita and Josh Curran dropped out on game day. The Warriors have won their past three games against the Dragons.
Dragons: St George Illawarra are 1-17, with Trent Merrin and Adam Clune dropping off the extended bench on game day after Jacob Host and Jackson Ford were culled from the reserves on Friday. Cameron McInnes returns from injury for an 80-minute stint at hooker at the expense of Issac Luke, who has been under the weather and underwent COVID-19 testing as a precaution. The veteran rake was cleared to return to training last week but has missed several sessions and selection as a result.
Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-SheckFullback for Dragons is number 1 Matthew Dufty
Winger for Warriors is number 2 Patrick HerbertWinger for Dragons is number 2 Jordan Pereira
Centre for Warriors is number 3 Peta HikuCentre for Dragons is number 3 Brayden Wiliame
Centre for Warriors is number 4 Gerard BealeCentre for Dragons is number 4 Zac Lomax
Winger for Warriors is number 5 Ken MaumaloWinger for Dragons is number 5 Mikaele Ravalawa
Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kodi NikorimaFive-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Corey Norman
Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Blake GreenHalfback for Dragons is number 7 Ben Hunt
Prop for Warriors is number 10 Jamayne Taunoa-BrownProp for Dragons is number 8 Korbin Sims
Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde EganHooker for Dragons is number 9 Cameron McInnes
Prop for Warriors is number 13 Adam BlairProp for Dragons is number 10 Paul Vaughan
2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Tohu Harris2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Tyson Frizell
2nd Row for Warriors is number 17 Eliesa Katoa2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Tariq Sims
Lock for Warriors is number 11 Isaiah Papali'iLock for Dragons is number 13 James Graham
Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Karl LawtonInterchange for Dragons is number 14 Josh Kerr
Interchange for Warriors is number 15 King VuniyayawaInterchange for Dragons is number 15 Blake Lawrie
Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Agnatius PaasiInterchange for Dragons is number 16 Tyrell Fuimaono
Interchange for Warriors is number 22 Jack MurchieInterchange for Dragons is number 17 Euan Aitken
- Referee: Chris Sutton
- Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski