The Warriors must overcome a rejuvenated Wests Tigers outfit if they are to snap their two-game losing streak and arrest a slide that has seen them drop out of the top eight.
Coach Nathan Brown lamented the defensive lapses that have seen the Warriors concede 38 points to Manly and 34 to Parramatta in successive losses, squandering an eight-point lead in the first contest and digging themselves too deep a hole in the second.
Once more, the major positive for Brown and his team was the form of Reece Walsh with the rookie again coming off the bench to provide much-needed spark - this time tallying a try and three line breaks.
Wests Tigers, in contrast, couldn't have been happier with their Magic Round efforts, Michael Maguire's much-maligned positional switch not only producing standout performances from Adam Doueihi and Moses Mbye but the new combination freeing up halfback Luke Brooks to run riot.
Match: Warriors v Wests Tigers
Round 11 -
Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Warriors: Young gun Reece Walsh has come in to the starting side at fullback after initially being named on the bench. Skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck moves to the wing to replace Ken Maumalo.
Bunty Afoa and Eliesa Katoa move into the starting side with Kane Evans and Jack Murchie shifting to the bench.
Josh Curran is out for up to a month after he hyper-extended his right elbow in the loss to Parramatta while rookie centre Rocco Berry (head knock) is also out. Marcelo Montoya returns from a knee injury to take Berry's place.
Edward Kosi is the 18th man with Taniela Otukolo dropping off the reserves list on game day. Maumalo and Sean O'Sullivan were the two players to come out of the squad on Thursday.
Prop Ben Murdoch-Masila has scored three tries in his past four games.
Wests Tigers: Jake Simpkin replaces Jock Madden on the bench and Michael Chee Kam is the 18th man.
Adam Doueihi remains at centre and Moses Mbye at five-eighth, the positional switch which paid off handsomely at Suncorp.
Stefano Utoikamanu and Tom Amone were the first two players omitted 24 hours before kick-off.
Russell Packer will wait at least another week to return from a knee injury while James Roberts (shoulder) is pushing to be back in round 12.
David Nofoaluma will play his 150th NRL game while Wests Tigers have won five of their past seven games against the Warriors.
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
Chanel Harris-Tavita v Luke Brooks: The young Warrior produced a try assist and 94 run metres against the Eels to back up his impressive two-try return from seven weeks out in the previous round against Manly.
There are high hopes for Harris-Tavita and the young half shows every indication of fulfilling them. The much-maligned Brooks silenced his many critics with a dazzling display against the Knights in Brisbane - tallying a try, try assist, 183 run metres, a line break and three tackle busts.
He will be desperate to back that up and keep the critics quiet.
Both of these sides love an offload with Wests Tigers (129) a surprise No.1 and the Warriors (113) one spot out of the top five, hot on the heels of dethroned offload champs Parramatta. It is a true team effort with the teams' best-ranked players Roger Tuivasa-Sheck No.7, David Nofoaluma at No.8 and Luciano Leilua at No.9.
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