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Pompey replaces injured Aitken for Knights clash

Vodafone Warriors head coach Nathan Brown has brought Adam Pompey into the centres to replace the injured Euan Aitken for Friday night’s second-round NRL encounter with the Newcastle Knights at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford (6.00pm kick-off local time; 8.00pm NZT).

The 22-year-old Pompey’s inclusion is the only change to the line-up used in last Saturday’s season-opening 19-6 home win over Gold Coast.

After impressing in 13 outings last season, Pompey will team up on the left edge inside experienced winger Ken Maumalo.

Aitken is set to have surgery after a high ankle sprain in his left leg during his debut for the club. It’s expected he will be side-lined for 8-10 weeks.

“It’s disappointing for Euan and for us as a team but we’ve got a very capable replacement in Adam,” said Brown

We’ve got a very capable replacement for Euan in Adam

Nathan Brown Vodafone Warriors head coach

“He was outstanding at the back end of last season and he has trialled very well for us against the Titans and Redcliffe in the lead-up to this season.”

Pompey split his appearances between the centres and the wing last year. In taking his career tally to 18 games, he scored five tries and averaged 108 metres a match. He’s also a goal-kicking option.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
    Fullback for Knights is number 1 Tex Hoy
  • Winger for Warriors is number 2 David Fusitu'a
    Winger for Knights is number 2 Starford To'a
  • Centre for Warriors is number 3 Adam Pompey
    Centre for Knights is number 3 Enari Tuala
  • Centre for Warriors is number 4 Peta Hiku
    Centre for Knights is number 4 Bradman Best
  • Winger for Warriors is number 5 Ken Maumalo
    Winger for Knights is number 5 Hymel Hunt
  • Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kodi Nikorima
    Five-Eighth for Knights is number 18 Phoenix Crossland
  • Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Chanel Harris-Tavita
    Halfback for Knights is number 7 Mitchell Pearce

Forwards

  • Prop for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
    Prop for Knights is number 8 David Klemmer
  • Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
    Hooker for Knights is number 9 Jayden Brailey
  • Prop for Warriors is number 10 Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
    Prop for Knights is number 10 Daniel Saifiti
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Eliesa Katoa
    2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Tyson Frizell
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Bayley Sironen
    2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Mitchell Barnett
  • Lock for Warriors is number 13 Tohu Harris
    Lock for Knights is number 14 Sauaso Sue

Interchange

  • Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Jazz Tevaga
    Interchange for Knights is number 13 Connor Watson
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Ben Murdoch-Masila
    Interchange for Knights is number 15 Jacob Saifiti
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Leeson Ah Mau
    Interchange for Knights is number 16 Josh King
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Bunty Afoa
    Interchange for Knights is number 17 Brodie Jones

Match Officials

  • Referee: Grant Atkins
  • Touch Judge: Matt Noyen
  • Touch Judge: Jon Stone
  • Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall

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He was named in jersey #18 in the extended squad last week; that spot has been filled by new signing Marcelo Montoya.

There’s one other change in the 21-man squad which sees second rower Jack Murchie named in jersey #22 replacing Josh Curran.

Hooker Wayde Egan and second rower Bayley Sironen have been named but face further tests under the head injury protocols.

New recruit Addin Fonua-Blake, who topped 200 metres in his club debut, will play his 99th career match while Maumalo will move to 97 appearances and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will edge his tally for the club to 96.

Friday night’s second consecutive home game in Gosford will provide a stern test for the Vodafone Warriors who face a buoyant Newcastle side coming off a 32-16 round one success against Canterbury Bankstown.

They also impressed up front with their big pack led by Daniel Saifiti, David Klemmer, new acquisition Tyson Frizzell and Mitch Barnett. They all made more than 170 metres each.

Last week’s win was just the 10th time in 27 attempts that the Vodafone Warriors have opened a season with a victory. They have won the first two games of a season only three times.

In 43 contests between the two sides, the Vodafone Warriors have a 22-20 edge with one match drawn. In their most recent meeting the Vodafone Warriors had their best win on the season, beating the Knights 36-6 in Tamworth last August.

VODAFONE WARRIORS v NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

6.00pm, Friday, March 19, 2021

Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

Referee: Grant Atkins

VODAFONE WARRIORS

1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK (c)

2 DAVID FUSITU’A

3 ADAM POMPEY

4 PETA HIKU

5 KEN MAUMALO

6 KODI NIKORIMA

7 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA

8 ADDIN FONUA-BLAKE

9 WAYDE EGAN

10 JAMAYNE TAUNOA-BROWN

11 ELIESA KATOA

12 BAYLEY SIRONEN

13 TOHU HARRIS

Interchange:

14 JAZZ TEVAGA

15 BEN MURDOCH-MASILA

16 LEESON AH MAU

17 BUNTY AFOA

18 MARCELLO MONTOYA

20 SEAN O’SULLIVAN

21 TOM ALE

22 JACK MURCHIE

 

HEAD COACH | NATHAN BROWN