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Injury Report: Second rowers out of clash against premiers

Starting second rowers Jack Murchie and Euan Aitken are both unavailable for the Vodafone Warriors’ penultimate match of the season against defending premier Penrith on Friday (6.00pm kick-off local time; 8.00pm NZT).

Murchie wasn’t selected in the squad named yesterday.

He has been ruled out with a nagging hip strain but it’s hoped he’ll be in contention for the club’s season finale against Gold Coast at Mount Smart Stadium on September 3.

Aitken was initially named yesterday but has been withdrawn on personal grounds.

In Aitken’s absence, Eliesa Katoa comes off the interchange to start in combination with Josh Curran for the first time.

Katoa will make his 14th appearance of the season, his fifth in the starting line-up. Curran, injected from the bench in four of the last four games, will be playing his 17th match of the season.

Replacing Katoa on the bench is Ben Murdoch-Masila, who is returning from a long injury lay-off.

Centre Jesse Arthars, initially hampered by a quad injury, has been battling a virus for the last two weeks and is again unavailable. 


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