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Confirmed line-up: Starting 1-17 against the Storm

The Vodafone Warriors will take on Melbourne as selected in tonight's Homecoming Series clash at Mount Smart Stadium (8.00pm kick-off).

Interim head coach Stacey Jones has confirmed half Daejarn Asi as 18th man with middle forward Tom Ale 19th.

The final selection means Vodafone Warrior #265 will make just his second NRL appearance from the interchange.

Also on the bench are hooker Freddy Lussick, prop Bunty Afoa and back rower Eliesa Katoa. Afoa is the only player to have appeared in all 18 matches for the Vodafone Warriors so far.

The three players omitted from the extended squad 24 hours out from kick-off were halfback Ronald Volkman, centre Viliami Vailea and hooker Taniela Otukolo.

The Vodafone Warriors have lost their last 12 contests with the Storm (four at Mount Smart Stadium).

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Reece Walsh
    Fullback for Storm is number 1 Nick Meaney
  • Winger for Warriors is number 2 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
    Winger for Storm is number 2 Dean Ieremia
  • Centre for Warriors is number 3 Marcelo Montoya
    Centre for Storm is number 3 Marion Seve
  • Centre for Warriors is number 4 Adam Pompey
    Centre for Storm is number 4 Justin Olam
  • Winger for Warriors is number 5 Edward Kosi
    Winger for Storm is number 5 Grant Anderson
  • Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Chanel Harris-Tavita
    Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron Munster
  • Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Shaun Johnson
    Halfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome Hughes

Forwards

  • Prop for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
    Prop for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
  • Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
    Hooker for Storm is number 9 Harry Grant
  • Prop for Warriors is number 10 Tohu Harris
    Prop for Storm is number 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Euan Aitken
    2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Josh Curran
    2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
  • Lock for Warriors is number 13 Jazz Tevaga
    Lock for Storm is number 15 Tui Kamikamica

Interchange

  • Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Freddy Lussick
    Interchange for Storm is number 13 Josh King
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Bunty Afoa
    Interchange for Storm is number 14 Tyran Wishart
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Eliesa Katoa
    Interchange for Storm is number 16 Alec MacDonald
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Jackson Frei
    Interchange for Storm is number 21 Tom Eisenhuth

Reserves

  • Replacement for Warriors is number 20 Daejarn Asi
    Replacement for Storm is number 18 Chris Lewis

Match Officials

  • Referee: Peter Gough
  • Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Touch Judge: Liam Kennedy
  • Senior Review Official: Adam Gee

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Their last success in 2015 was one of the most memorable in the club’s history, the 28-14 victory in Auckland which featured Nathan Friend’s upside-down-between-the-legs offload which led to an astonishing Tuimoala Lolohea try.

This will be the 49th clash between the clubs with Melbourne holding a 30-16 advantage with two draws. In 22 matches at Mount Smart Stadium, the ledger favours the Storm 13-9.  

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