Midseason signing Matt Lodge, Sean O’Sullivan and Kodi Nikorima all return for the Vodafone Warriors’ 24th-round encounter with the Canberra Raiders in Mackay in North Queensland on Friday night (6.00pm kick-off local time; 8.00pm NZT).
The 26-year-old Lodge is back from a two-match suspension for his fifth outing for the club since being signed from the Brisbane Broncos last month.
O’Sullivan is partnered in the halves with Chad Townsend and utility Kodi Nikorima comes back onto the bench after a hectic week leading up to the Brisbane encounter when his partner Bree gave birth to the couple's second child.
O'Sullivan is recalled for his 11th game this season, coming in for Chanel Harris-Tavita who is out with a foot injury but is expected to be available again next week.
Nikorima apart, the named game day bench remains the same as that originally selected last week with Bunty Afoa, Eliesa Katoa and Jazz Tevaga filling the other spots.
Included on the extended bench is centre Rocco Berry, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury. Also named is prop Kane Evans after serving a one-game suspension and being ruled out last week with a calf injury.
Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Reece WalshFullback for Raiders is number 1 Jordan Rapana
Winger for Warriors is number 2 Dallin Watene-ZelezniakWinger for Raiders is number 2 Bailey Simonsson
Centre for Warriors is number 3 Peta HikuCentre for Raiders is number 3 Sebastian Kris
Centre for Warriors is number 20 Rocco BerryCentre for Raiders is number 4 Matthew Timoko
Winger for Warriors is number 5 Marcelo MontoyaWinger for Raiders is number 5 Harley Smith-Shields
Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Sean O'SullivanFive-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Chad TownsendHalfback for Raiders is number 7 Matt Frawley
Prop for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-BlakeProp for Raiders is number 8 Josh Papalii
Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde EganHooker for Raiders is number 9 Josh Hodgson
Prop for Warriors is number 10 Matthew LodgeProp for Raiders is number 10 Joseph Tapine
2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Josh Curran2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Hudson Young
2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Euan Aitken2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
Lock for Warriors is number 13 Bayley SironenLock for Raiders is number 13 Ryan Sutton
Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Kodi NikorimaInterchange for Raiders is number 14 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Bunty AfoaInterchange for Raiders is number 15 Emre Guler
Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Eliesa KatoaInterchange for Raiders is number 16 Corey Horsburgh
Interchange for Warriors is number 21 Kane EvansInterchange for Raiders is number 17 Siliva Havili
Reserve for Warriors is number 17 Jazz TevagaReserve for Raiders is number 19 Dunamis Lui
- Referee: Ben Cummins
- Touch Judge: Dave Munro
- Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
- Senior Review Official: Grant Atkins
The venue for Friday night's the contest – BB Print Stadium – will be the fourth different ‘home’ ground the Vodafone Warriors have had since the competition was relocated to Queensland after the Covid-19 outbreak in New South Wales.
They have previously used Suncorp Stadium for their 18th-round clash against Penrith, Cbus Super Stadium in the 21st round against Cronulla-Sutherland and Moreton Daily Stadium against for the round 22 encounter with Canterbury-Bankstown.
The scheduling of another Friday night match means the Vodafone Warriors have a short five-day turnaround between games while Canberra has a seven-day break after its 18-19 defeat by Manly-Warringah.
VODAFONE WARRIORS v CANBERRA RAIDERS
6.00pm, Friday, August 27, 2021
BB Print Stadium, Mackay
1 REECE WALSH
2 DALLIN WATENE-ZELEZNIAK
3 PETA HIKU
4 ADAM POMPEY
5 MARCELO MONTOYA
6 SEAN O’SULLIVAN
7 CHAD TOWNSEND
8 ADDIN FONUA-BLAKE (c)
9 WAYDE EGAN
10 MATT LODGE
11 JOSH CURRAN
12 EUAN AITKEN
13 BAYLEY SIRONEN
14 KODI NIKORIMA
15 BUNTY AFOA
16 ELIESA KATOA
17 JAZZ TEVAGA
18 JAMAYNE TAUNOA-BROWN
20 ROCCO BERRY
21 KANE EVANS
22 JACK MURCHIE
HEAD COACH | NATHAN BROWN