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Confirmed line-up: Pene starts, Fonua-Blake to bench

Aaron Pene will start at prop with Addin Fonua-Blake coming off the bench in the Vodafone Warriors' Mount Smart Stadium homecoming match today.

Fonua-Blake was named to start earlier in the week but hasn't trained with the team all week after failing a Covid test last weekend.

After returning negative tests yesterday and again today he has been cleared to play.

In another change re-signed hooker Freddy Lussick comes onto the interchange joining Fonua-Blake, 100-game milestone man Bunty Afoa and back rower Bayley Sironen.

Other changes were confirmed yesterday with Chanel Harris-Tavita starting at fullback for the unavailable Reece Walsh (isolating with Covid) and Euan Aitken switched to the second row for the injured Jack Murchie. That has resulted in Adam Pompey returning to the centres.

Eliesa Katoa is 18th man while Rocco Berry is the 19th player.

As well as Walsh and Murchie, Daejarn Asi was the other player omitted from the 22-man squad named on Tuesday.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Warriors is number 14 Chanel Harris-Tavita
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine Laurie
  • Winger for Warriors is number 2 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Warriors is number 3 Jesse Arthars
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Starford To'a
  • Centre for Warriors is number 18 Adam Pompey
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 James Roberts
  • Winger for Warriors is number 5 Marcelo Montoya
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Ken Maumalo
  • Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Ronald Volkman
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Luke Brooks
  • Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Shaun Johnson
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Jackson Hastings

Forwards

  • Prop for Warriors is number 10 Jazz Tevaga
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Zane Musgrove
  • Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Fa'amanu Brown
  • Prop for Warriors is number 20 Aaron Pene
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 16 Alex Seyfarth
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 4 Euan Aitken
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 13 Josh Curran
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Kelma Tuilagi
  • Lock for Warriors is number 12 Tohu Harris
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Joe Ofahengaue

Interchange

  • Interchange for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Stefano Utoikamanu
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Bunty Afoa
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Adam Doueihi
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Bayley Sironen
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Fonua Pole
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 22 Freddy Lussick
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 20 Austin Dias

Reserves

  • Replacement for Warriors is number 16 Eliesa Katoa
    Replacement for Wests Tigers is number 21 Jacob Liddle

Match Officials

  • Referee: Chris Sutton
  • Senior Review Official: Kasey Badger

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