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Injuries force more shuffling for last game of season

Injuries have forced head coach Nathan Brown to make more changes for the Vodafone Warriors’ season-ending 25th-round NRL match against the Gold Coast Titans at Cbus Super Stadium in Robina on Sunday (2.00pm kick-off local time; 4.00pm NZT).

Veteran Chad Townsend’s troublesome right shoulder injury has ruled him out of making a farewell appearance to end his second stint with the club meaning twin left footers Sean O’Sullivan and Chanel Harris-Tavita will line up in the halves this week.

On top of that the Vodafone Warriors will be without interchange prop Bunty Afoa after he picked up a hamstring injury at training today.

The enforced halves change caps a challenging first year for Brown with injury enabling him to start with the same playmaking combination for three games or more on end just twice this season.

After losing Harris-Tavita with a serious foot injury in the second-round match against the Newcastle Knights, O’Sullivan and Kodi Nikorima were the starting halves for the next four games against Canberra, the Sydney Roosters, Manly Warringah and St George Illawarra.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Titans is number 1 Jayden Campbell
    Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Reece Walsh
  • Winger for Titans is number 2 Phillip Sami
    Winger for Warriors is number 2 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
  • Centre for Titans is number 3 Brian Kelly
    Centre for Warriors is number 3 Peta Hiku
  • Centre for Titans is number 4 Patrick Herbert
    Centre for Warriors is number 4 Rocco Berry
  • Winger for Titans is number 5 Corey Thompson
    Winger for Warriors is number 5 Marcelo Montoya
  • Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Tyrone Peachey
    Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Chanel Harris-Tavita
  • Halfback for Titans is number 7 Jamal Fogarty
    Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Sean O'Sullivan

Forwards

  • Prop for Titans is number 8 Jarrod Wallace
    Prop for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
  • Hooker for Titans is number 9 Mitch Rein
    Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
  • Prop for Titans is number 10 Moeaki Fotuaika
    Prop for Warriors is number 10 Matthew Lodge
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Beau Fermor
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Josh Curran
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 17 Sam McIntyre
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Euan Aitken
  • Lock for Titans is number 13 Tino Fa'asuamaleaui
    Lock for Warriors is number 13 Bayley Sironen

Interchange

  • Interchange for Titans is number 14 Erin Clark
    Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Eliesa Katoa
  • Interchange for Titans is number 15 David Fifita
    Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Kane Evans
  • Interchange for Titans is number 16 Jaimin Jolliffe
    Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
  • Interchange for Titans is number 19 Sam Lisone
    Interchange for Warriors is number 18 Jazz Tevaga

Reserves

  • Reserve for Titans is number 20 Toby Sexton
    Reserve for Warriors is number 14 Kodi Nikorima

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ashley Klein
  • Touch Judge: Liam Kennedy
  • Touch Judge: Belinda Sharpe
  • Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall

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When Harris-Tavita returned from his foot injury, he and Nikorima were restored in the halves for five straight games against Manly Warringah, Parramatta, Wests Tigers, North Queensland and Melbourne before Harris-Tavita was again out of action with a pectoral injury.

At other times the starting halves named on game day have been Nikorima and Bayley Sironen, Nikorima and Walsh, Townsend and O'Sullivan, Townsend and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Townsend and Nikorima, O’Sullivan and Peta Hiku and Townsend and Harris-Tavita.  

Townsend leaves with a total of 46 games for the Vodafone Warriors with this term limited to just five matches.

Another player farewelling the club is experienced centre Peta Hiku, who will be making his 73rd appearance on Sunday.

Midseason signing Matt Lodge is free to play after beating a grade one dangerous contact charge at last night's judiciary hearing.

VODAFONE WARRIORS v GOLD COAST TITANS

2.00pm, Sunday, September 5, 2021

Cbus Super Stadium, Robina

VODAFONE WARRIORS

1 REECE WALSH

2 DALLIN WATENE-ZELEZNIAK

3 PETA HIKU

4 ROCCO BERRY

5 MARCELO MONTOYA

6 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA

7 SEAN O’SULLIVAN

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 ELIESA KATOA

16 KANE EVANS

17 JAMAYNE TAUNOA-BROWN

18 JAZZ TEVAGA

20 ADAM POMPEY

21 JACK MURCHIE  

22 EDWARD KOSI

HEAD COACH | NATHAN BROWN