Injuries have again forced head coach Nathan Brown to reshuffle his line-up for the Vodafone Warriors' 11th-round NRL match against the Wests Tigers at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford on Friday night (6.00pm kick-off local time; 8.00pm NZT).
Winger Rocco Berry (head) plus second rowers Josh Curran (elbow) and Bayley Sironen (knee) have all been ruled out this week but on the positive side of the ledger winger Marcelo Montoya returns from an injury break while Jack Murchie comes into the second row and Kane Evans is named at prop after being omitted against the Eels.
Berry and Curran were forced off the field reducing the Vodafone Warriors to 15 players as they mounted a second half revival before losing 18-34 to Parramatta on Sunday.
Fullback for Warriors is number 17 Reece WalshFullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine Laurie
Winger for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-SheckWinger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
Centre for Warriors is number 3 Adam PompeyCentre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Adam Doueihi
Centre for Warriors is number 4 Euan AitkenCentre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Joseph Leilua
Winger for Warriors is number 2 Marcelo MontoyaWinger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Tommy Talau
Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kodi NikorimaFive-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Moses Mbye
Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Chanel Harris-TavitaHalfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
Prop for Warriors is number 8 Jamayne Taunoa-BrownProp for Wests Tigers is number 8 James Tamou
Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde EganHooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob Liddle
Prop for Warriors is number 16 Bunty AfoaProp for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Ben Murdoch-Masila2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
2nd Row for Warriors is number 18 Eliesa Katoa2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
Lock for Warriors is number 13 Tohu HarrisLock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Joe Ofahengaue
Interchange for Warriors is number 10 Kane EvansInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Shawn Blore
Interchange for Warriors is number 11 Jack MurchieInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Alex Seyfarth
Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Jazz TevagaInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Thomas Mikaele
Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Leeson Ah MauInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 19 Jake Simpkin
Reserve for Warriors is number 21 Edward KosiReserve for Wests Tigers is number 18 Michael Chee Kam
- Referee: Matt Noyen
- Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
- Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
- Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall
Montoya slots onto the right wing for his fifth appearance of the season while Murchie is also set for his fifth outing of the year.
Berry is undergoing HIA protocols after leaving the field just before halftime on Sunday while Curran faces between two to four weeks on the sideline after hyper-extending his right elbow. Sironen is out with a meniscus issue in his left knee; it’s not yet known when he will be fit to return.
The three players join Peta Hiku (shoulder), Addin Fonua-Blake (knee), Tom Ale (ankle) and David Fusitu’a (hamstring) in a busy casualty ward. Hiku is gone for the season while Fonua-Blake and Fusitu’a are out indefinitely and Ale for two to four weeks.
Injuries haven’t allowed the Vodafone Warriors any selection stability in a campaign in which young winger Edward Kosi became the 28th player used within eight rounds when he made his first-grade debut against North Queensland.
Evans was a late omission in the front row against his old club Parramatta last week but he’s listed to start this week alongside regular front rower Jamayne Taunoa-Brown.
Apart from Montoya on the wing, the backline selected is the same as that which started against the Eels with exciting rookie Reece Walsh again named on the interchange.
Eliesa Katoa, Sean O’Sullivan and Kosi are all on the extended bench after helping feeder club Redcliffe beat the Brisbane Tigers 14-12 in Queensland’s Intrust Super Cup. Kosi and young Vodafone Warriors centre Viliami Vailea scored the Dolphins' two tries while O'Sullivan supplied the rest of the points with three goals.
Young hooker Taniela Otukolo, who has been playing for Redcliffe's colts side, is named in jersey #20, the fifth time he has been included in the extended squad.
VODAFONE WARRIORS v WESTS TIGERS
6.00pm, Friday, May 21, 2021
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK (c)
2 MARCELO MONTOYA
3 ADAM POMPEY
4 EUAN AITKEN
5 KEN MAUMALO
6 KODI NIKORIMA
7 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA
8 JAMAYNE TAUNOA-BROWN
9 WAYDE EGAN
10 KANE EVANS
11 JACK MURCHIE
12 BEN MURDOCH-MASILA
13 TOHU HARRIS
14 JAZZ TEVAGA
15 LEESON AH MAU
16 BUNTY AFOA
17 REECE WALSH
18 ELIESA KATOA
20 TANIELA OTUKOLO
21 EDWARD KOSI
22 SEAN O’SULLIVAN
HEAD COACH | NATHAN BROWN