Chanel Harris-Tavita is reunited in the halves with Shaun Johnson and 100-game man Jazz Tevaga will start at prop when the Vodafone Warriors face the Newcastle Knights in Saturday’s Indigenous Round clash at Moreton Daily Stadium (3.00pm kick-off local time; 5.00pm NZT).
The 23-year-old Harris-Tavita has been out for a month since having a testicle ruptured in a friendly fire incident in the Anzac Day loss to Melbourne.
Close to returning last week against St George Illawarra, he has now been cleared to rejoin Johnson in the halves for just the fifth time this season.
They were paired together in the home wins over Brisbane and North Queensland followed by the away defeats by the Sydney Roosters and the Storm.
A new-look starting front row has been selected in the wake of the Vodafone Warriors losing both of their first-choice props Addin Fonua-Blake and Matt Lodge; Fonua-Blake has a foot injury which could keep him out long-term while Lodge was released last Friday.
Match: Warriors v Knights
Round 12 -
Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Reece WalshFullback for Knights is number 1 Kalyn Ponga
Winger for Warriors is number 2 Dallin Watene-ZelezniakWinger for Knights is number 2 Edrick Lee
Centre for Warriors is number 3 Viliami VaileaCentre for Knights is number 3 Dane Gagai
Centre for Warriors is number 4 Adam PompeyCentre for Knights is number 4 Enari Tuala
Winger for Warriors is number 5 Marcelo MontoyaWinger for Knights is number 5 Dominic Young
Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Chanel Harris-TavitaFive-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Anthony Milford
Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Shaun JohnsonHalfback for Knights is number 7 Jake Clifford
Prop for Warriors is number 8 Ben Murdoch-MasilaProp for Knights is number 8 David Klemmer
Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Freddy LussickHooker for Knights is number 9 Chris Randall
Prop for Warriors is number 10 Jazz TevagaProp for Knights is number 10 Daniel Saifiti
2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Euan Aitken2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Tyson Frizell
2nd Row for Warriors is number 13 Jack Murchie2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Lachlan Fitzgibbon
Lock for Warriors is number 12 Tohu HarrisLock for Knights is number 13 Mitchell Barnett
Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Taniela OtukoloInterchange for Knights is number 14 Phoenix Crossland
Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Aaron PeneInterchange for Knights is number 15 Jacob Saifiti
Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Bunty AfoaInterchange for Knights is number 17 Mat Croker
Interchange for Warriors is number 21 Dunamis LuiInterchange for Knights is number 18 Simi Sasagi
Replacement for Warriors is number 17 Eliesa KatoaReplacement for Knights is number 16 Leo Thompson
- Referee: Peter Gough
- Touch Judge: Nick Morel
- Senior Review Official: Gerard Sutton
After bringing up his 100th appearance for the club last Saturday, the ever-reliable Tevaga has been called on as a starting prop along with Ben Murdoch-Masila while recent signing Freddy Lussick is named at hooker after his solid interchange outings against the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Dragons.
Former Queensland Origin prop Lui is included on the extended bench after being signed just yesterday for the rest of the season.
Captaining feeder club Redcliffe in the Queensland Cup, the 32-year-old brings extensive experience to the Vodafone Warriors after a total of 169 appearances for Brisbane, Manly Warringah, St George Illawarra and Canberra. He was in the losing Raiders side in the 2019 grand final against the Roosters.
While Harris-Tavita and Arthars make their comebacks, hooker Wayde Egan (calf) and back rowers Josh Curran (knee) and Bayley Sironen (osteitis pubis) remain on the injury list ahead of anticipated returns next week.
The Vodafone Warriors and Newcastle are equally desperate for success this week.
Since winning three matches on end, the Vodafone Warriors have had just one victory in their last seven matches while the Knights have only one win in their last nine games.
VODAFONE WARRIORS v NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Moreton Daily Stadium, Redcliffe
3.00pm, Saturday, May 28
1 REECE WALSH
2 DALLIN WATENE-ZELEZNIAK
3 VILIAMI VAILEA
4 ADAM POMPEY
5 MARCELO MONTOYA
6 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA
7 SHAUN JOHNSON
8 BEN MURDOCH-MASILA
9 FREDDY LUSSICK
10 JAZZ TEVAGA
11 EUAN AITKEN
12 TOHU HARRIS (c)
13 JACK MURCHIE
14 TANIELA OTUKOLO
15 AARON PENE
15 BEN MURDOCH-MASILA
16 BUNTY AFOA
17 ELIESA KATOA
18 JESSE ARTHARS
20 ROCCO BERRY
21 DUNAMIS LUI
22 DAEJARN ASI
23 PRIDE PETTERSON-ROBATI
24 RONALD VOLKMAN
25 JACKSON FREI
Head coach | Nathan BROWN