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Harris-Tavita given starting fullback's role

Chanel Harris-Tavita will be the starting fullback with Ash Taylor and Kodi Nikorima in the halves for the Vodafone Warriors' trial against the Storm in Melbourne today (4.00pm kick-off local time; 6.00pm NZT).

He has a chance to play himself into the fullback's spot for the season-opening clash against the Dragons on March 12 when established Reece Walsh will be unavailable due to suspension.

Harris-Tavita spent some time in the position in the Māori All Stars' 16-10 win over the Indigenous All Stars last week.

Taylor, making his debut for the Vodafone Warriors, and Nikorima - along with Harris-Tavita - are are bidding to partner Shaun Johnson in the halves for the first-round of the season.

Starting the centres is new signing Jesse Arthars with Jazz Tevaga being used at hooker initially.

Walsh is on a bench which also includes prop Matt Lodge - suspended for the opening round - new signing Aaron Pene and Ben Murdoch-Masila.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Storm is number 1 Nick Meaney
    Fullback for Warriors is number 17 Chanel Harris-Tavita
  • Winger for Storm is number 2 George Jennings
    Winger for Warriors is number 4 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
  • Centre for Storm is number 3 Jack Howarth
    Centre for Warriors is number 2 Jesse Arthars
  • Centre for Storm is number 4 William Warbrick
    Centre for Warriors is number 3 Rocco Berry
  • Winger for Storm is number 5 Xavier Coates
    Winger for Warriors is number 5 Marcelo Montoya
  • Five-Eighth for Storm is number 24 Cameron Munster
    Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kodi Nikorima
  • Halfback for Storm is number 7 Jayden Nikorima
    Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Ashley Taylor

Forwards

  • Prop for Storm is number 8 Josh King
    Prop for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
  • Hooker for Storm is number 9 Tyran Wishart
    Hooker for Warriors is number 14 Jazz Tevaga
  • Prop for Storm is number 10 Chris Lewis
    Prop for Warriors is number 13 Bunty Afoa
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Trent Loiero
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Euan Aitken
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Bronson Garlick
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Eliesa Katoa
  • Lock for Storm is number 13 Brandon Smith
    Lock for Warriors is number 18 Bayley Sironen

Interchange

  • Interchange for Storm is number 14 Harry Grant
    Interchange for Warriors is number 1 Reece Walsh
  • Interchange for Storm is number 15 Alec MacDonald
    Interchange for Warriors is number 9 Taniela Otukolo
  • Interchange for Storm is number 16 Wesley Lolo
    Interchange for Warriors is number 11 Peesi Kepu
  • Interchange for Storm is number 17 William Samuel
    Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Kina Kepu

Reserves

  • Reserve for Storm is number 6 Cooper Johns
    Reserve for Warriors is number 3 Ali Leiataua
  • Reserve for Storm is number 18 Jonah Pezet
    Reserve for Warriors is number 4 Adam Pompey
  • Reserve for Storm is number 19 Sualauvi Faalogo
    Reserve for Warriors is number 5 Junior Ratuva
  • Reserve for Storm is number 20 Dean Ieremia
    Reserve for Warriors is number 8 Aaron Pene
  • Reserve for Storm is number 21 Cole Geyer
    Reserve for Warriors is number 10 Matthew Lodge
  • Reserve for Storm is number 22 Patrice Siolo
    Reserve for Warriors is number 16 Ben Murdoch-Masila
  • Reserve for Storm is number 23 Ammaron Gudgeon
    Reserve for Warriors is number 20 Pride Petterson-Robati
  • Reserve for Storm is number 25 Grant Anderson
    Reserve for Warriors is number 21 Garrett Smith
  • Reserve for Storm is number 26 Darius Farmer
    Reserve for Warriors is number 22 Adam Cook
  • Reserve for Warriors is number 23 Jayden Corrigan
  • Reserve for Warriors is number 24 Viliami Vailea
  • Reserve for Warriors is number 25 Edward Kosi

Match Officials

  • Touch Judge: Peter Gough
  • Senior Review Official: Matt Noyen

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17 Chanel Harris-Tavita
4 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
2 Jesse Arthars
3 Rocco Berry
5 Marcelo Montoya 
6 Kodi Nikorima
7 Ash Taylor
8 Addin Fonua-Blake
14 Jazz Tevaga
13 Bunty Afoa
11 Euan Aitken 
12 Eliesa Katoa
18 Bayley Sironen
INTERCHANGE 
1 Reece Walsh
3 Ali Leiataua 
4 Adam Pompey 
5 Junior Ratuva
8 Aaron Pene
9 Taniela Otukolo 
10 Matthew Lodge
11 Ben Murdoch-Masila
15 Otukinekina Kepu
16 Valingi Kepu
20 Pride Peterson-Robati
21 Garrett Smith
22 Adam Cook
23 Jayden Corrigan
24 Viliami Vailea
25 Edward Kosi
Blank Jacob Laban

 

 

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