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Injuries have forced Vodafone Warriors head coach Nathan Brown to name another new centres combination for the return of the club’s traditional Anzac Day NRL encounter with the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park on Sunday (6.15pm kick-off local time; 8.15pm NZT).

Peta Hiku (shoulder) and Adam Pompey (ankle) are both side-lined after being injured during last Sunday’s gritty 20-14 win over St George Illawarra.

And Paul Turner, who came off the interchange to replace Hiku early in the contest, has also been ruled out after picking up a shoulder injury in his third NRL appearance.

With the experienced Euan Aitken still recovering from ankle surgery, Brown has turned to Marcelo Montoya again. He was shifted to the wing to replace David Fusitu’a against the Dragons after being used at centre against both the Sydney Roosters and Manly Warringah.

Named as the other centre is second rower Jack Murchie, who filled the role on the right edge for the last 30 minutes of the remarkable third-round clash against Canberra after Hiku left the field with a knee injury. Murchie returns to the side after missing the match against the Dragons.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Storm is number 1 Nicho Hynes
    Fullback for Warriors is number 21 Reece Walsh
  • Winger for Storm is number 2 George Jennings
    Winger for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
  • Centre for Storm is number 3 Reimis Smith
    Centre for Warriors is number 3 Marcelo Montoya
  • Centre for Storm is number 4 Justin Olam
    Centre for Warriors is number 18 Rocco Berry
  • 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 17 Bayley Sironen

Forwards

  • Prop for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
    Prop for Warriors is number 8 Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
  • Hooker for Storm is number 9 Brandon Smith
    Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
  • Prop for Storm is number 10 Christian Welch
    Prop for Warriors is number 10 Kane Evans
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 4 Jack Murchie
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Josh Curran
  • Lock for Storm is number 15 Tui Kamikamica
    Lock for Warriors is number 14 Jazz Tevaga

Interchange

  • Interchange for Storm is number 13 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
    Interchange for Warriors is number 12 Ben Murdoch-Masila
  • Interchange for Storm is number 14 Harry Grant
    Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Bunty Afoa
  • Interchange for Storm is number 16 Tom Eisenhuth
    Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Leeson Ah Mau
  • Interchange for Storm is number 17 Dale Finucane
    Interchange for Warriors is number 20 Tom Ale

Reserves

  • Reserve for Storm is number 22 Chris Lewis
    Reserve for Warriors is number 23 Edward Kosi

Match Officials

  • Referee: Matt Cecchin
  • Touch Judge: Chris Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Belinda Sharpe
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy

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Right winger Fusitu'a (hamstring) returns from a one-game absence while second rower Bayley Sironen is also back after being out with a shoulder complaint the last two rounds.

Another significant selection sees 18-year-old rookie Reece Walsh listed on an extended bench which features two other teenagers in outside back Rocco Berry (19) and hooker Taniela Otukolo (18) alongside the only player among them with any NRL experience in middle forward Tom Ale, the senior player at 22 with just two first-grade games to his name.

Walsh, who joined the club in Terrigal a week ago, scored a try in his first outing for the club’s feeder club Redcliffe in the Intrust Super Cup on Sunday.

The established Vodafone Warriors-Melbourne Anzac Day fixture returns after being cancelled in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic last year.

The Vodafone Warriors head into the match sitting in eighth spot on the ladder with a three win-three loss record while the Storm, after losing two of their first three matches, are fourth on eight points.

The last time the two sides met on Anzac Day an injury-ravaged Vodafone Warriors pushed Melbourne all the way before losing 12-13 in contentious circumstances.

After holding an impressive record against the Storm for a number of years, the Vodafone Warriors have lost the last nine contests on end since winning 28-14 at Mount Smart Stadium in 2015.

VODAFONE WARRIORS v MELBOURNE STORM

6.15PM, Sunday, April 25, 2021

AAMI Stadium, Melbourne

VODAFONE WARRIORS

1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK (c)

2 DAVID FUSITU’A

3 MARCELO MONTOYA

4 JACK MURCHIE

5 KEN MAUMALO

6 KODI NIKORIMA

7 SEAN O’SULLIVAN

8 JAMAYNE TAUNOA-BROWN

9 WAYDE EGAN

10 KANE EVANS

11 JOSH CURRAN

12 BEN MURDOCH-MASILA

13 TOHU HARRIS

Interchange:

14 JAZZ TEVAGA

15 BUNTY AFOA

16 LEESON AH MAU

17 BAYLEY SIRONEN

18 ROCCO BERRY

20 TOM ALE                                                                            

21 REECE WALSH

22 TANIELA OTUKOLO

HEAD COACH | NATHAN BROWN