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Confirmed line-up: BMM back to beef up bench

Mate Ma'a Tonga international Ben Murdoch-Masila is back from injury to beef up the Vodafone Warriors' bench for today's eighth-round NRL match against the Canberra Raiders at Moreton Daily Stadium in Redcliffe (3.00pm kick-off local time; 5.00pm NZT).

Named on the extended bench on Tuesday, Murdoch-Masila returns from a leg injury after missing the last three matches against North Queensland, the Sydney Roosters and Melbourne.

He was on the field for only 18 minutes in the fourth-round win over Brisbane before being helped from the field with a leg injury. This will be only his third outing of the season.

He joins Bunty Afoa, Eliesa Katoa and former Raiders back rower Jack Murchie to round out a big interchange.

Taniela Otukolo is 18th man with Edward Kosi 19th.

Just four days after joining the Vodafone Warriors, standoff Daejarn Asi makes his club debut today.

With first-choice Chanel Harris-Tavita sidelined after rupturing a testicle in the Anzac Day loss to Melbourne, the 21-year-old Christchurch-born Asi has been brought straight into the starting line-up at standoff.

A North Queensland player at the start of the week, he becomes Vodafone Warrior #269 in what will be his 11th career appearance since his debut for the Cowboys in 2020.

Asi has had just two field sessions with his new club as he prepares to run the left edge.

Young centres Rocco Berry and Viliami Vailea return to the NRL stage to give the Vodafone Warriors one of the youngest backlines in the club's history.

Vailea hasn't played since he was paired in the centres with Berry in the season-opening encounter with St George Illawarra while Berry has missed the last four matches.

The 2021 rookies have both been listed on the wings, Berry replacing injured Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Vailea in for Kosi.

As well as Watene-Zelezniak (concussion), back rower Josh Curran (knee) is out while interchange prop Aaron Pene is suspended this week after taking an early guilty plea on a grade two careless high tackle charge from last night’s match.

Halfback-hooker Kodi Nikorima remains sidelined after being placed in isolation following a positive Covid test which eliminated him from the Melbourne trip.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Reece Walsh
    Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Jordan Rapana
  • Winger for Warriors is number 3 Jesse Arthars
    Winger for Raiders is number 2 Nick Cotric
  • Centre for Warriors is number 2 Rocco Berry
    Centre for Raiders is number 3 Matthew Timoko
  • Centre for Warriors is number 5 Viliami Vailea
    Centre for Raiders is number 4 Semi Valemei
  • Winger for Warriors is number 4 Adam Pompey
    Winger for Raiders is number 5 Xavier Savage
  • Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 21 Daejarn Asi
    Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
  • Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Shaun Johnson
    Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Brad Schneider

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 16 Adam Elliott
  • Prop for Warriors is number 10 Matthew Lodge
    Prop for Raiders is number 10 Joseph Tapine
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Euan Aitken
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Hudson Young
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Bayley Sironen
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 15 Corey Harawira-Naera
  • Lock for Warriors is number 13 Jazz Tevaga
    Lock for Raiders is number 13 Ryan Sutton

Interchange

  • Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Bunty Afoa
    Interchange for Raiders is number 9 Tom Starling
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Eliesa Katoa
    Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Jack Murchie
    Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Corey Horsburgh
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 20 Ben Murdoch-Masila
    Interchange for Raiders is number 18 Harry Rushton

Reserves

  • Replacement for Warriors is number 14 Taniela Otukolo
    Replacement for Raiders is number 19 Matt Frawley

Match Officials

  • Referee: Chris Butler
  • Touch Judge: Nick Morel
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy

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With Curran unavailable, Euan Aitken and Bayley Sironen are in the second row with Jazz Tevaga at loose forward.

Also brought into the expanded squad for the first time this season is prop Jackson Frei, who made his one and only NRL appearance in the Vodafone Warriors’ 24-10 22nd-round win over Canterbury Bankstown at Moreton Daily Stadium in August last year.

The players omitted from the initial 24-man squad were the injured Harris-Tavita, Pride Petterson-Robati, Junior Ratuva, Valingi Kepu and Jackson Frei. 

The Vodafone Warriors welcome a return to their 2022 home base in Redcliffe after playing two of the competition’s heavyweights on the road over the last two weeks.

They had won three straight but losses to the Sydney Roosters and Melbourne have seen them slip out of the top eight to sit 11th but still level on points with eighth-placed South Sydney.

After winning two of their first three matches of the season, the Raiders have dropped their last four to fall to 15th spot.

The Vodafone Warriors and Canberra have a 4-4 record in their last eight meetings with the Raiders holding a 25-21 advantage in the 46 contests between the two sides since 1995.

VODAFONE WARRIORS v CANBERRA RAIDERS

Moreton Daily Stadium, Redcliffe

3.00pm, Saturday, April 30

VODAFONE WARRIORS

1 REECE WALSH

2 ROCCO BERRY

3 JESSE ARTHARS

4 ADAM POMPEY

5 VILIAMI VAILEA

6 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA

7 SHAUN JOHNSON

8 ADDIN FONUA-BLAKE (c)

9 WAYDE EGAN

10 MATT LODGE

11 EUAN AITKEN

12 BAYLEY SIRONEN

13 JAZZ TEVAGA

Extended bench:

14 TANIELA OTUKOLO

15 BUNTY AFOA

16 ELIESA KATOA

17 JACK MURCHIE

18 EDWARD KOSI

20 BEN MURDOCH-MASILA

21 DAEJARN ASI

22 PRIDE PETTERSON-ROBATI

23 JUNIOR RATUVA

24 VALINGI KEPU

25 JACKSON FREI

Head coach | Nathan BROWN

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