Centre Shontelle Stowers is back from injury, hooker Michaela Peck comes onto the bench and there’s also a positional switch in the Warriors’ starting line-up for their second-round NRLW premiership encounter with the Sydney Roosters at Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta on Saturday (12.30pm kick-off local time; 2.30pm NZT).
Stowers was originally selected for the first-round clash against the Brisbane Broncos but was a late defection with injury.
She’s named again to start in a combination which will feature a new pairing on the right edge with Stowers lining up inside Kiwi winger Madison Bartlett. After being used in the second row against the Broncos, Bartlett has been moved to her more familiar position on the flank while veteran Hilda Peters, who was on the wing last week, has been switched to the second row.
The other change sees Peck brought onto the interchange with Teaghan Hartigan, a late replacement for Stowers last week, moving to the extended bench. Stowers and Peck are set to become the 13th and 14th players to make their debuts for the club after 12 newcomers were used last week.
Match: Warriors v Roosters
Round 2 -
Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Karina BrownFullback for Roosters is number 1 Charlotte Caslick
Winger for Warriors is number 2 Madison BartlettWinger for Roosters is number 2 Shanice Parker
Centre for Warriors is number 3 Shontelle StowersCentre for Roosters is number 3 Bobbi Law
Centre for Warriors is number 4 Evania PeliteCentre for Roosters is number 4 Yasmin Meakes
Winger for Warriors is number 5 Ellia GreenWinger for Roosters is number 5 Brydie Parker
Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kirra DibbFive-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Corban McGregor
Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Simone SmithHalfback for Roosters is number 7 Zahara Temara
Prop for Warriors is number 8 Crystal TamaruaProp for Roosters is number 8 Simaima Taufa
Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Kanyon PaulHooker for Roosters is number 9 Nita Maynard
Prop for Warriors is number 10 Kayla SauvaoProp for Roosters is number 10 Filomina Hanisi
2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Tazmin Gray2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Vanessa Foliaki
2nd Row for Warriors is number 14 Brianna Clark2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Sarah Togatuki
Lock for Warriors is number 13 Georgia HaleLock for Roosters is number 13 Hannah Southwell
Interchange for Warriors is number 11 Hilda PetersInterchange for Roosters is number 14 Quincy Dodd
Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Samantha EconomosInterchange for Roosters is number 15 Kennedy Cherrington
Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Michaela PeckInterchange for Roosters is number 16 Grace Hamilton
Interchange for Warriors is number 21 Stephanie BallInterchange for Roosters is number 17 Jocelyn Kelleher
- Referee: Drew Oultram
- Touch Judge: Jon Stone
- Touch Judge: Liam Kennedy
- Senior Review Official: Steve Clark
The contest will have special significance for Stowers along with fullback Karina Brown, standoff Kirra Dibb and halfback Simone Smith, who’ll all line up against their old club; Brown and Stowers played for the Roosters and 2018 and 2019 while Dibb and Smith appeared for club last year. Second rower Tazmin Gray was also with the Roosters in 2018 before switching to the Broncos last season.
The Warriors beat the Roosters 10-4 in the competition’s inaugural match in 2018 and then 16-12 when the teams again met in round one last season.
However, the Roosters broke their starting sequence with an 18-4 first-up win last week over last year’s beaten grand finalist St George Illawarra.
The Warriors began impressively against back-to-back premiers the Broncos in Canberra with halfback Smith and Australian Olympic Games rugby union sevens gold medallist Ellia Green both scoring in the opening minutes, Green just eight minutes into her first rugby league match.
The fast start was checked, though, as Brisbane regrouped and responded with 28 points before Green’s Olympic teammate Evania Pelite also marked her rugby league debut with a try. Green and Pelite finished the match as the Warriors’ top metre eaters, Pelite with 108 metres from eight runs and Green 94 from nine, the latter also having a clean sheet on defence making seven tackles without a miss.