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Late back row moves made again

Vodafone Warriors interim head coach Todd Payten has made a late back row shuffle again for today's 10th-round NRL clash against Cronulla-Sutherland at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford (2.00pm kick-off local time; 4.00pm NZT).

Since stepping into the role Payten has moved his back row options around when confirming his line-up an hour before kick-off.

More recently that has seen Tohu Harris swapped to start at loose forward after being named in the second row each week. Not today. Harris will start on the edge.

However, Eliesa Katoa, who was selected to start in the second row on Tuesday, has been switched to the interchange for his comeback outing after missing the last three matches with an ankle injury.

Karl Lawton, originally listed to start at loose forward, now goes to the second row and Penrith loan player Jack Hetherington is promoted from the bench to play in the middle. It will be the first start of his career in what is his 19th appearance overall and his third for the Vodafone Warriors.

Katoa joins Agnatius Paasi, Isaiah Papali'i and Jazz Tevaga on the confirmed interchange.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
    Fullback for Sharks is number 20 William Kennedy
  • Winger for Warriors is number 2 David Fusitu'a
    Winger for Sharks is number 2 Sione Katoa
  • Centre for Warriors is number 3 Patrick Herbert
    Centre for Sharks is number 1 Josh Dugan
  • Centre for Warriors is number 4 Peta Hiku
    Centre for Sharks is number 4 Jesse Ramien
  • Winger for Warriors is number 5 Ken Maumalo
    Winger for Sharks is number 5 Ronaldo Mulitalo
  • Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kodi Nikorima
    Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Shaun Johnson
  • Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Blake Green
    Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Chad Townsend

Forwards

  • Prop for Warriors is number 8 Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
    Prop for Sharks is number 8 Braden Hamlin-Uele
  • Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
    Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Blayke Brailey
  • Prop for Warriors is number 10 Adam Blair
    Prop for Sharks is number 10 Aaron Woods
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Tohu Harris
    2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Briton Nikora
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 13 Karl Lawton
    2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Wade Graham
  • Lock for Warriors is number 15 Jack Hetherington
    Lock for Sharks is number 15 Scott Sorensen

Interchange

  • Interchange for Warriors is number 11 Eliesa Katoa
    Interchange for Sharks is number 13 Toby Rudolf
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Agnatius Paasi
    Interchange for Sharks is number 14 Connor Tracey
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Isaiah Papali'i
    Interchange for Sharks is number 16 Siosifa Talakai
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Jazz Tevaga
    Interchange for Sharks is number 17 Royce Hunt

The match sees experienced Kodi Nikorima coming back into the halves after missing last Friday night’s 12-16 loss to Gold Coast following a head knock early in the eighth-round contest against Brisbane on July 4.

In his first match last week since September 7 last year, Tevaga was heavily involved in his 31 minutes on the field, making 92 metres from eight runs and 28 tackles.