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.
Match: Warriors v Cowboys
Round 8 -
Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-SheckFullback for Cowboys is number 1 Valentine Holmes
Winger for Warriors is number 5 Ken MaumaloWinger for Cowboys is number 2 Kyle Feldt
Centre for Warriors is number 3 Adam PompeyCentre for Cowboys is number 3 Justin O'Neill
Centre for Warriors is number 4 Rocco BerryCentre for Cowboys is number 4 Connelly Lemuelu
Winger for Warriors is number 23 Edward KosiWinger for Cowboys is number 5 Murray Taulagi
Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Reece WalshFive-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Scott Drinkwater
Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Kodi NikorimaHalfback for Cowboys is number 7 Ben Hampton
Prop for Warriors is number 8 Jamayne Taunoa-BrownProp for Cowboys is number 8 Coen Hess
Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde EganHooker for Cowboys is number 9 Reece Robson
Prop for Warriors is number 10 Kane EvansProp for Cowboys is number 10 Jordan McLean
2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Josh Curran2nd Row for Cowboys is number 11 Shane Wright
2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Ben Murdoch-Masila2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Ben Condon
Lock for Warriors is number 13 Tohu HarrisLock for Cowboys is number 13 Jason Taumalolo
Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Jazz TevagaInterchange for Cowboys is number 14 Jake Granville
Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Leeson Ah MauInterchange for Cowboys is number 15 Lachlan Burr
Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Bunty AfoaInterchange for Cowboys is number 16 Francis Molo
Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Bayley SironenInterchange for Cowboys is number 17 Corey Jensen
Reserve for Warriors is number 20 Sean O'SullivanReserve for Cowboys is number 19 Javid Bowen
- Referee: Chris Butler
- Touch Judge: Todd Smith
- Touch Judge: Wyatt Raymond
- Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall
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
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
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