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Confirmed Line-up: Katoa starts, Afoa moves to bench

Eliesa Katoa has been moved into the starting line-up with Bunty Afoa switched to the interchange for the Vodafone Warriors' final clash of the 2022 season against Gold Coast at Mount Smart Stadium.

It will be Katoa's last appearance for the club before finishing up to continue his career with Melbourne next year.

Afoa today achieves the distinction of being the only player to feature in all 24 of the Vodafone Warriors matches this season.

Three backline changes have been made.

Centre Rocco Berry, winger Marcelo Montoya and halfback Shaun Johnson were all named in the starting line-up on Tuesday but have been ruled out in the past 48 hours.

Also out of the original 22-man squad is centre Adam Pompey.

As Berry and Pompey were injured at training they could be replaced from outside the selected squad. That saw centre Viliami Vailea and hooker Taniela Otukolo brought in.

Vailea went straight into the starting side for Berry while Edward Kosi and Daejarn Asi were promoted from the extended bench to replace Montoya and Johnson.

Asi will be wearing jersey #20, Vailea #24 and Kosi #22.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Reece Walsh
    Fullback for Titans is number 1 Jayden Campbell
  • Winger for Warriors is number 2 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
    Winger for Titans is number 2 Greg Marzhew
  • Centre for Warriors is number 3 Jesse Arthars
    Centre for Titans is number 3 Jojo Fifita
  • Centre for Warriors is number 24 Viliami Vailea
    Centre for Titans is number 4 Phillip Sami
  • Winger for Warriors is number 22 Edward Kosi
    Winger for Titans is number 5 Corey Thompson
  • Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Chanel Harris-Tavita
    Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Alexander Brimson
  • Halfback for Warriors is number 20 Daejarn Asi
    Halfback for Titans is number 7 Tanah Boyd

Forwards

  • Prop for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
    Prop for Titans is number 8 Moeaki Fotuaika
  • Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
    Hooker for Titans is number 18 Jarrod Wallace
  • Prop for Warriors is number 10 Tohu Harris
    Prop for Titans is number 10 Tino Fa'asuamaleaui
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Euan Aitken
    2nd Row for Titans is number 11 David Fifita
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Josh Curran
    2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Beau Fermor
  • Lock for Warriors is number 16 Eliesa Katoa
    Lock for Titans is number 13 Isaac Liu

Interchange

  • Interchange for Warriors is number 13 Bunty Afoa
    Interchange for Titans is number 14 Paul Turner
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Freddy Lussick
    Interchange for Titans is number 15 Herman Ese'ese
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Ben Murdoch-Masila
    Interchange for Titans is number 16 Jaimin Jolliffe
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Tom Ale
    Interchange for Titans is number 17 Klese Haas

Reserves

  • Replacement for Warriors is number 18 Jack Murchie
    Replacement for Titans is number 19 Tony Francis

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Touch Judge: Jon Stone
  • Senior Review Official: Adam Gee

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With all the enforced changes it left the Vodafone Warriors with just 20 players.

When the squad was trimmed to 19 24 hours from kick-off, second rower Jack Murchie and Otukolo were retained with departing prop Jackson Frei omitted.

Four of tomorrow's starting backline - Reece Walsh, Jesse Arthars, Chanel Harris-Tavita and Asi - will be making their final appearances for the club tomorrow.

So, too, will second rower Euan Aitken and interchange forward Eliesa Katoa. Murchie, listed as 18th man, is also finishing with the club after this match.

Acknowledgement of Country

The New Zealand Warriors honour the mana of the Indigenous peoples of Aotearoa, Australia and the Pacific. We acknowledge the traditional kaitiaki of the lands, elders past and present, their stories, their traditions, their mamae and their mana motuhake.

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