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Lodge, O'Sullivan and Nikorima recalled for Canberra contest

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. 

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Reece Walsh
    Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Jordan Rapana
  • Winger for Warriors is number 2 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
    Winger for Raiders is number 2 Bailey Simonsson
  • Centre for Warriors is number 3 Peta Hiku
    Centre for Raiders is number 3 Sebastian Kris
  • Centre for Warriors is number 20 Rocco Berry
    Centre for Raiders is number 4 Matthew Timoko
  • Winger for Warriors is number 5 Marcelo Montoya
    Winger for Raiders is number 5 Harley Smith-Shields
  • Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Sean O'Sullivan
    Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
  • Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Chad Townsend
    Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Matt Frawley

Forwards

  • Prop for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
    Prop for Raiders is number 8 Josh Papalii
  • Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
    Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Josh Hodgson
  • Prop for Warriors is number 10 Matthew Lodge
    Prop for Raiders is number 10 Joseph Tapine
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Josh Curran
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Hudson Young
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Euan Aitken
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
  • Lock for Warriors is number 13 Bayley Sironen
    Lock for Raiders is number 13 Ryan Sutton

Interchange

  • Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Kodi Nikorima
    Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Bunty Afoa
    Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Emre Guler
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Eliesa Katoa
    Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Corey Horsburgh
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 21 Kane Evans
    Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Siliva Havili

Reserves

  • Reserve for Warriors is number 17 Jazz Tevaga
    Reserve for Raiders is number 19 Dunamis Lui

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ben Cummins
  • Touch Judge: Dave Munro
  • Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Senior Review Official: Grant Atkins

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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

VODAFONE WARRIORS

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

Interchange:

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