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Lining up 1-17 once again

For the third week running, the Vodafone Warriors are lining up as selected for tonight's 13th-round NRL clash against the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at Lottoland in Sydney (6.00pm kick-off local time; 8.00pm NZT).

Interim head coach Todd Payten has omitted Isaiah Papali'i (#18) and Adam Keighran (#20) from his remaining 19 players an hour before kick-off.

Last  night Jack Murchie (#21) and Gerard Beale in (#22) were dropped off the extended bench.

Chanel Harris-Tavita has returned to the halves for the contest, the Vodafone Warriors' first outing at Brookvale Oval since 2011.

The club’s 2019 NRL rookie of the year is a straight swap for veteran halfback Blake Green, who requested and was granted an immediate release from the rest of his contract on Tuesday to join the Newcastle Knights.

Injury ruled the 21-year-old Harris-Tavita out of contention for last Friday night’s superb 26-20 win over the Wests Tigers after picking up a wrist injury in the 11th-round loss to the Sydney Roosters.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Brendan Elliot
    Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jorge Taufua
    Winger for Warriors is number 2 Patrick Herbert
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Tevita Funa
    Centre for Warriors is number 3 Adam Pompey
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Moses Suli
    Centre for Warriors is number 4 Peta Hiku
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Reuben Garrick
    Winger for Warriors is number 5 George Jennings
  • Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Cade Cust
    Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kodi Nikorima
  • Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans
    Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Chanel Harris-Tavita

Forwards

  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
    Prop for Warriors is number 8 Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
  • Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Danny Levi
    Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Karl Lawton
  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin Taupau
    Prop for Warriors is number 10 Jack Hetherington
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 15 Corey Waddell
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Eliesa Katoa
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 18 Haumole Olakau'atu
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Tohu Harris
  • Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic
    Lock for Warriors is number 13 Jazz Tevaga

Interchange

  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Lachlan Croker
    Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Wayde Egan
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Sean Keppie
    Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Adam Blair
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Taniela Paseka
    Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Daniel Alvaro
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 20 Morgan Boyle
    Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Lachlan Burr

He’ll be playing his 20th career match, his seventh game of the season after mixing three appearances at standoff and three from the interchange bench. It will be the first time he has been at halfback since being used in the #7 jersey with three different halves partners early last season when Green was injured; and it will be the first time he and Kodi Nikorima have been teamed up in the halves.

Harris-Tavita’s selection apart, the final 17-man line-up  is unchanged from the one used against the Tigers. The starting pack remains intact for third week running.

Four of the starting forwards all topped 100 metres last week – Tohu Harris (181), Jazz Tevaga (168), Jack Hetherington (139) and Eliesa Katoa (131) – while Lachlan Burr was outstanding from the bench with 150 metres from 17 runs in his 44 minutes on the field.

Also retained is the bench of hooker Wayde Egan and middle forwards Adam Blair, Daniel Alvaro and Burr.

The Vodafone Warriors will again be seeking rare back-to-back victories after last winning two on end against St George Illawarra and Penrith in May last year.

Success against the Sea Eagles is rare with only 10 wins in 34 attempts since 1995. It’s even rarer in Australia where the Vodafone Warriors haven’t won since Stacey Jones’ comeback match in 2009 but have triumphed in two of the last three (at Mount Smart Stadium when they last met in 2019 and in Christchurch in 2018).