The Vodafone Warriors will line up as selected - 1-17 - for today's 11th-round encounter with back-to-back premiers the Sydney Roosters at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford (3.00pm kick-off local time; 5.00pm NZT).
Centre Patrick Herbert and forward Josh Curran were omitted from the Vodafone Warriors' extended bench 24 hours before the match with second rower Jack Murchie and utility Adam Keighran dropping off an hour before kick-off.
It leaves the Vodafone Warriors with 2019 rookie Adam Pompey paired in the centres with Peta Hiku.
Injuries initially forced two changes plus some other switches when the team was named on Tuesday.
Ruled out were regular starting hooker Wayde Egan (hip) and interchange prop Agnatius Paasi (shoulder), the latter missing out on an opportunity to make one final appearance before he returns home on compassionate grounds on Monday along with Ken Maumalo, David Fusitu’a and King Vuniyayawa.
With Egan and Paasi out, Payten shifted the versatile Karl Lawton from the back row to hooker with utility Chanel Harris-Tavita coming onto the bench as dummy half cover.
Moved out of the starting line-up after starting in last Sunday’s 10-46 loss to the Sharks were middle forward Adam Blair and Herbert, who was being assessed after receiving a head knock against the Sharks.
Match: Warriors v Roosters
Round 11 -
Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-SheckFullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
Winger for Warriors is number 2 David Fusitu'aWinger for Roosters is number 2 Matt Ikuvalu
Centre for Warriors is number 3 Adam PompeyCentre for Roosters is number 3 Josh Morris
Centre for Warriors is number 4 Peta HikuCentre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
Winger for Warriors is number 5 Ken MaumaloWinger for Roosters is number 5 Brett Morris
Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kodi NikorimaFive-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke Keary
Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Blake GreenHalfback for Roosters is number 7 Kyle Flanagan
Prop for Warriors is number 8 Jamayne Taunoa-BrownProp for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Karl LawtonHooker for Roosters is number 9 Jake Friend
Prop for Warriors is number 10 Jack HetheringtonProp for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Eliesa Katoa2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Mitchell Aubusson
2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Tohu Harris2nd Row for Roosters is number 15 Sitili Tupouniua
Lock for Warriors is number 13 Jazz TevagaLock for Roosters is number 13 Isaac Liu
Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Chanel Harris-TavitaInterchange for Roosters is number 14 Lachlan Lam
Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Adam BlairInterchange for Roosters is number 16 Nat Butcher
Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Isaiah Papali'iInterchange for Roosters is number 17 Lindsay Collins
Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Lachlan BurrInterchange for Roosters is number 18 Poasa Faamausili
- Referee: Chris Sutton
- Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
- Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
- Senior Review Official: Jared Maxwell
Blair was replaced in the front row by Penrith loan forward Jack Hetherington while Pompey, last used on the wing in the fifth-round win over North Queensland, came into the centres. Taking Paasi’s spot on the bench is Lachlan Burr, who was last used against South Sydney in round six.
Hetherington’s move to prop results in Jazz Tevaga coming into the starting line-up for the first time since last season after being used from the bench in his first two games back from injury against Gold Coast and the Sharks. Katoa, who was on the bench last week, has been named to start in the second row with Tohu Harris.
The game will have special significance for the Vodafone Warriors as they prepare to farewell Fusitu’a, Maumalo, Paasi and Vuniyayawa. While Paasi and Vuniyayawa won’t be lining up, first-choice wingers Fusitu’a and Maumalo have one last chance to play alongside their peers before being reunited with their families in Auckland once they’ve completed their isolation.
The Vodafone Warriors have won four of their last six encounters with the Roosters but were heavily beaten in the last two. They’ve had more wins against the Roosters (22) than any other opponents.