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Warriors take on Warriors in back row battle

Current Vodafone Warriors back rowers face a Parramatta combination comprising three ex-Warriors – including one on his way back to the club – in tonight’s 18th-round NRL clash at CommBank Stadium in Sydney (7.55pm kick-off local time; 9.55pm NZT).

The visitors will line up with Euan Aitken on the left edge, Josh Curran on the right and Jazz Tevaga back in #13 after wearing the #10 jersey the past few weeks.

Patrolling the left edge for the Eels up against Curran will be one-game Vodafone Warrior Shaun Lane while 2017-2020 Warrior and Kiwi Isaiah Papali’i will be on the right facing Aitken with Marata Niukore, returning home next year, in #13.

Another former Vodafone Warrior is in Parramatta’s 19-man squad in the shape of Hayze Perham, who played nine times for the Warriors in 2019 and 2020.

Ex-Vodafone Warriors NRL squad member Ofahiki Ogden was on Parramatta’s initial 22-man squad named on Tuesday.

There’s more New Zealand flavour elsewhere in the home side’s line-up with current Kiwi Dylan Brown at standoff and 2019 Kiwi World Nines squad member Bailey Simonsson on the wing.

The Eels also boast New South Wales prop Junior Paulo – who was born in Auckland – with New Plymouth-born and raised Cook Islands international Makahesi Makatoa and Auckland-born Oregon Kaufusi on the bench.

The Vodafone Warriors are rank outsiders tonight paying $5.85 to win with the New Zealand TAB and $6.50 to win with Sportsbet in Australia.  

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
    Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Reece Walsh
  • Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika Sivo
    Winger for Warriors is number 2 Marcelo Montoya
  • Centre for Eels is number 3 Will Penisini
    Centre for Warriors is number 3 Jesse Arthars
  • Centre for Eels is number 4 Waqa Blake
    Centre for Warriors is number 4 Adam Pompey
  • Winger for Eels is number 5 Bailey Simonsson
    Winger for Warriors is number 5 Edward Kosi
  • Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Dylan Brown
    Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Chanel Harris-Tavita
  • Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell Moses
    Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Shaun Johnson

Forwards

  • Prop for Eels is number 8 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
    Prop for Warriors is number 10 Tohu Harris
  • Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed Mahoney
    Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
  • Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior Paulo
    Prop for Warriors is number 16 Aaron Pene
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Euan Aitken
  • 2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Isaiah Papali'i
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Josh Curran
  • Lock for Eels is number 13 Marata Niukore
    Lock for Warriors is number 13 Jazz Tevaga

Interchange

  • Interchange for Eels is number 14 Makahesi Makatoa
    Interchange for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
  • Interchange for Eels is number 15 Jake Arthur
    Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Freddy Lussick
  • Interchange for Eels is number 16 Oregon Kaufusi
    Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Bunty Afoa
  • Interchange for Eels is number 17 Ky Rodwell
    Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Jack Murchie

Reserves

  • Replacement for Eels is number 19 Elie El-Zakhem
    Replacement for Warriors is number 18 Eliesa Katoa

Match Officials

  • Referee: Todd Smith
  • Touch Judge: Kasey Badger
  • Touch Judge: Darian Furner
  • Senior Review Official: Chris Butler

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