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Spate of injuries force Brown to make major changes

Injuries have robbed the Vodafone Warriors of four of their first-choice players for Saturday’s 19th-round NRL clash against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday (3.00pm kick-off local time; 5.00pm NZT).

Captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (concussion) and centre Rocco Berry (hamstring) have been ruled out along with second rower Tohu Harris (knee) and hooker Wayde Egan (shoulder).

Harris, Tuivasa-Sheck and Egan were forced off the field in the space of just four minutes – the 12th, 14th and 16th minutes – in Sunday’s loss to the Penrith Panthers.

To compound a grim day, Berry was out of the contest in the 36th minute.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Latrell Mitchell
    Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Reece Walsh
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Josh Mansour
    Winger for Warriors is number 2 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Dane Gagai
    Centre for Warriors is number 3 Adam Pompey
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 14 Taane Milne
    Centre for Warriors is number 4 Euan Aitken
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Jaxson Paulo
    Winger for Warriors is number 5 Marcelo Montoya
  • Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Cody Walker
    Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kodi Nikorima
  • Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Adam Reynolds
    Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Chad Townsend

Forwards

  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 8 Mark Nicholls
    Prop for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
  • Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Damien Cook
    Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Jazz Tevaga
  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 Thomas Burgess
    Prop for Warriors is number 10 Matthew Lodge
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 Keaon Koloamatangi
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Jack Murchie
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Jaydn Su'A
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Bayley Sironen
  • Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Cameron Murray
    Lock for Warriors is number 13 Josh Curran

Interchange

  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Jacob Host
    Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Taniela Otukolo
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Patrick Mago
    Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Eliesa Katoa
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 17 Jai Arrow
    Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Bunty Afoa
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 18 Braidon Burns
    Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Leeson Ah Mau

Reserves

  • Reserve for Rabbitohs is number 20 Blake Taaffe
    Reserve for Warriors is number 20 Edward Kosi

Match Officials

  • Referee: Chris Butler
  • Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
  • Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Senior Review Official: Grant Atkins

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Harris is finished for the season with an ACL injury while Egan’s complaint is still being assessed but it’s expected he'll also face a long time of the side-line.

Return to play dates for Tuivasa-Sheck and Berry are yet to be determined.

It will be the first time Tuivasa-Sheck has been missing from the side all season leaving him on 195 appearances as he eyes the chance of bringing up 200 games in his final year.

With Tuivasa-Sheck out prop Addin Fonua-Blake, who played 76 minutes on Sunday, will lead the side.

After being named on the wing against Penrith, Tuivasa-Sheck was listed at standoff on game day in what was set to be a roving role. In his absence Kodi Nikorima, who was on the bench on Sunday, teams up with Chad Townsend in the halves; Nikorima will be making his 50th appearance for the club this week.

Berry’s misfortune opens the way for Adam Pompey to return in the centres for his 14th outing this year while Jack Murchie has been named to replace Harris in the second row, Jazz Tevaga has been selected at hooker for Egan and Josh Curran starts at loose forward.

Rookie hooker Taniela Otukolo, who made his debut against Newcastle on June 19, is on the bench for what will be his second appearance.

Completing the interchange at this stage are props Bunty Afoa and Leeson Ah Mau – the only player who hasn’t missed a game this year – and second rower Eliesa Katoa.  

VODAFONE WARRIORS v SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS

3.00pm, Sunday, July 24, 2021

Sunshine Coast Stadium, Queensland

VODAFONE WARRIORS

1 REECE WALSH

2 DALLIN WATENE-ZELEZNIAK

3 ADAM POMPEY

4 EUAN AITKEN

5 MARCELO MONTOYA

6 KODI NIKORIMA

7 CHAD TOWNSEND

8 ADDIN FONUA-BLAKE (c)

9 JAZZ TEVAGA

10 MATT LODGE

11 JACK MURCHIE

12 BAYLEY SIRONEN

13 JOSH CURRAN

Interchange:

14 TANIELA OTUKOLO

15 ELIESA KATOA

16 BUNTY AFOA

17 LEESON AH MAU

18 KANE EVANS

20 EDWARD KOSI

21 SEAN O’SULLIVAN

22 BEN MURDOCH-MASILA

HEAD COACH | NATHAN BROWN