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Vodafone Warriors interim head coach Todd Payten has made some positional switches ahead of tonight's seventh-round NRL clash against the Melbourne Storm at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium in Sydney (6.00pm local time; 8.00pm NZT).

Veteran Adam Blair has been moved from loose forward to start in the front row with Isaiah Papali'i, back in the squad after missing the last two matches, brought off the bench to start in the second row.

Tohu Harris has been switched to loose forward.

The change sees Jamayne Taunoa-Brown switched to the interchange alongside Chanel Harris-Tavita, Agnatius Paasi and Josh Curran.

There's also a swap in the backline with Gerard Beale confirmed to start in the centres and Patrick Herbert shifted to the right wing.

Herbert fills the spot vacated by David Fusitu'a, who was set for his 100th NRL appearance, but hasn't fully recovered from the head knock he picked up attempting to score his second try of last Friday night's clash against South Sydney.

Prop Lachlan Burr was also ruled out. Like Fusitu'a he hasn't been cleared after the head knock he received early in the match against the Rabbitohs.

Sydney Roosters prop Poasa Faamausili has been promoted to start an NRL match for the first time in his career after 17 games off the bench. Faamausili's loan deal from the Roosters was extended this week.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Storm is number 1 Ryan Papenhuyzen
    Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
  • Winger for Storm is number 2 Suliasi Vunivalu
    Winger for Warriors is number 4 Patrick Herbert
  • Centre for Storm is number 3 Justin Olam
    Centre for Warriors is number 3 Peta Hiku
  • Centre for Storm is number 21 Paul Momirovski
    Centre for Warriors is number 18 Gerard Beale
  • Winger for Storm is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
    Winger for Warriors is number 5 Ken Maumalo
  • Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron Munster
    Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kodi Nikorima
  • Halfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome Hughes
    Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Blake Green

Forwards

  • Prop for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
    Prop for Warriors is number 13 Adam Blair
  • Hooker for Storm is number 9 Cameron Smith
    Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Karl Lawton
  • Prop for Storm is number 10 Christian Welch
    Prop for Warriors is number 15 Poasa Faamausili
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Jack Murchie
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 17 Isaiah Papali'i
  • Lock for Storm is number 13 Dale Finucane
    Lock for Warriors is number 12 Tohu Harris

Interchange

  • Interchange for Storm is number 14 Brandon Smith
    Interchange for Warriors is number 8 Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
  • Interchange for Storm is number 15 Tino Faasuamaleaui
    Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Chanel Harris-Tavita
  • Interchange for Storm is number 16 Tom Eisenhuth
    Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Agnatius Paasi
  • Interchange for Storm is number 17 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
    Interchange for Warriors is number 21 Josh Curran

Centre Peta Hiku, halfback Blake Green and Paasi will all achieve an identical club milestone when they play their 50th match for the Vodafone Warriors tonight.

Aside from Maumalo’s comeback, interim Vodafone Warriors head coach Todd Payten has been forced to make other changes in his first match in charge after taking over from the departed Stephen Kearney.

Rookie second rower Eliesa Katoa (ankle) and hooker Wayde Egan (suspended) are both out resulting in new signing Jack Murchie replacing Katoa for his first start after seven interchange appearances and Karl Lawton is in for Egan at hooker.

The encounter has been switched from AAMI Park to Netstrata Jubilee Stadium in Sydney following a spike in Covid-19 cases in Melbourne.

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS | 100 APPEARANCES

301   Simon Mannering

261   Stacey Jones

226   Manu Vatuvei

212   Ben Matulino

195   Logan Swann

188   Jacob Lillyman

185   Lance Hohaia

173   Sam Rapira

170   Awen Guttenbeil

162   Shaun Johnson

159   Wairangi Koopu

150   Micheal Luck

145   Jerome Ropati

132   Jerry Seuseu

129   Clinton Toopi

115   Ali Lauitiiti

115   Joe Vagana

110   Francis Meli

110   Russell Packer

105   Nathan Fien

105   Evarn Tuimavave

103   Brent Webb

101   Monty Betham

Pending:

99     David Fusitu’a