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Trio back from injury, Walsh named in halves

Tohu Harris, Adam Pompey and David Fusitu’a return from injury while Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is at fullback and rookie Reece Walsh is in the halves for the Vodafone Warriors’ eighth-round NRL encounter with the North Queensland Cowboys at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford on Sunday (2.00pm kick-off local time; 4.00pm NZT).

Middle forward Harris was ruled out of the Anzac Day match against Melbourne after failing HIA protocols while Pompey is back after missing the Storm game with an ankle injury picked up late in the 20-14 win over St George Illawarra on April 18.

Fusitu’a has missed the last two matches with a hamstring injury.

But while head coach Nathan Brown has one of his injured centres back on deck, he has lost another option with Marcelo Montoya ruled out this week with a knee injury.

Second rower Josh Curran has been named ahead of a judiciary hearing tonight.

The club is contesting the grading of his charge for a tackle on Storm winger George Jennings.

The NRL’s match review committee hit Curran with a grade two careless high tackle charge which the Vodafone Warriors are seeking to have downgraded. If successful Curran will be free to play against the Cowboys; if he’s found guilty he will miss two matches.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
    Fullback for Cowboys is number 1 Valentine Holmes
  • Winger for Warriors is number 5 Ken Maumalo
    Winger for Cowboys is number 2 Kyle Feldt
  • Centre for Warriors is number 3 Adam Pompey
    Centre for Cowboys is number 3 Justin O'Neill
  • Centre for Warriors is number 4 Rocco Berry
    Centre for Cowboys is number 4 Connelly Lemuelu
  • Winger for Warriors is number 23 Edward Kosi
    Winger for Cowboys is number 5 Murray Taulagi
  • Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Reece Walsh
    Five-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Scott Drinkwater
  • Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Kodi Nikorima
    Halfback for Cowboys is number 7 Ben Hampton

Forwards

  • Prop for Warriors is number 8 Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
    Prop for Cowboys is number 8 Coen Hess
  • Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
    Hooker for Cowboys is number 9 Reece Robson
  • Prop for Warriors is number 10 Kane Evans
    Prop for Cowboys is number 10 Jordan McLean
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Josh Curran
    2nd Row for Cowboys is number 11 Shane Wright
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Ben Murdoch-Masila
    2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Ben Condon
  • Lock for Warriors is number 13 Tohu Harris
    Lock for Cowboys is number 13 Jason Taumalolo

Interchange

  • Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Jazz Tevaga
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 14 Jake Granville
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Leeson Ah Mau
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 15 Lachlan Burr
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Bunty Afoa
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 16 Francis Molo
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Bayley Sironen
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 17 Corey Jensen

Reserves

  • Reserve for Warriors is number 20 Sean O'Sullivan
    Reserve for Cowboys is number 19 Javid Bowen

Match Officials

  • Referee: Chris Butler
  • Touch Judge: Todd Smith
  • Touch Judge: Wyatt Raymond
  • Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall

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In a key feature of the side named, Brown has listed outstanding rookie Walsh at standoff partnering Kodi Nikorima – who is switched to the #7 jersey – with Tuivasa-Sheck back at fullback.

VODAFONE WARRIORS v NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS

2.00pm, Sunday, May 2, 2021

Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

VODAFONE WARRIORS

1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK (c)

2 DAVID FUSITU’A

3 ADAM POMPEY

4 ROCCO BERRY

5 KEN MAUMALO

6 REECE WALSH

7 KODI NIKORIMA

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 LEESON AH MAU

16 BUNTY AFOA

17 BAYLEY SIRONEN

18 JACK MURCHIE

20 SEAN O’SULLIVAN                                                              

21 TOM ALE

22 TANIELA OTUKOLO

HEAD COACH | NATHAN BROWN