Rocco Berry and James Gavet will give the One New Zealand Warriors some valuable NRL experience when they return for tomorrow’s 10th-round New South Wales Cup game against the Bears at North Sydney Oval (1.00pm kick-off local time; 3.00pm NZT).
Seasoned front rower Gavet is back from suspension while Berry will be playing for the first time since the round five loss to Western Suburbs.
Sidelined since with a quadricep injury, Berry has played three times for the NSW Cup side so far, averaging 105 metres with three try assists, five tackle breaks and 45 tackles with just one miss.
Gavet comes back into the starting row having made a real impact since joining the side earlier in the season.
Ronald Volkman is again set to steer the team around the park, the halfback having a profound effect on the team’s performances across the season.
Used in eight games so far, he’s comfortably the competition’s leading points scorer with 106 points (four tries, 45 goals) and leads the way with try assists (14).
Match: Bears v Warriors
Round 10 -
Fullback for Bears is number 1 Josh BergaminFullback for Warriors is number 1 Ben Farr
Winger for Bears is number 5 Junior PaugaWinger for Warriors is number 2 Moala Graham-Taufa
Centre for Bears is number 4 Toa Mata'afaCentre for Warriors is number 3 Rocco Berry
Centre for Bears is number 19 Kieran HaymanCentre for Warriors is number 4 Ali Leiataua
Winger for Bears is number 18 William FakatoumafiWinger for Warriors is number 18 Viliami Vailea
Five-Eighth for Bears is number 6 Jesse MarschkeFive-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Eiden Ackland
Halfback for Bears is number 7 Ben StevanovicHalfback for Warriors is number 7 Ronald Volkman
Prop for Bears is number 10 Terrell MayProp for Warriors is number 8 Zyon Maiu'u
Hooker for Bears is number 9 Tyran OttHooker for Warriors is number 9 Paul Roache
Prop for Bears is number 21 Fletcher BakerProp for Warriors is number 10 James Gavet
2nd Row for Bears is number 11 Dane Aukafolau2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Kalani Going
2nd Row for Bears is number 12 Reuben Porter2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Maia Sands
Lock for Bears is number 8 Kurt De LuisLock for Warriors is number 13 Michael Sio
Interchange for Bears is number 13 Zach Dockar-ClayInterchange for Warriors is number 5 Sanele Aukusitino
Interchange for Bears is number 14 Kruz Niutili-SchmidtInterchange for Warriors is number 14 Selumiela Halasima
Interchange for Bears is number 15 Ben ThomasInterchange for Warriors is number 15 Nicholas Halalilo
Interchange for Bears is number 16 Phillip MakatoaInterchange for Warriors is number 16 Isaiah Vagana
Replacement for Bears is number 17 Matt FrenchReplacement for Warriors is number 17 Tanner Stowers-Smith
After making his NSW Cup debut off the bench last week, the club’s SG Ball Cup captain Stanner Stowers-Smith is again on the interchange alongside teammate Leka Halasima, who was this week name the One New Zealand Warriors SG Ball Cup player of the year.
Saturday’s clash is very much a top of the table affair with the first-placed Warriors up against a North Sydney side running third.
The Bears edged top four side Newtown last week while the Warriors overcame the Sydney Roosters 34-24.
When the sides met in Pukekohe in the third round in March, the Bears prevailed 20-12. North Sydney boasts a number of New Zealanders including Junior Pauga and Phillip Makatoa - who both played for the Warriors at under-20 and NSW Cup level - plus 2023 Māori All Stars representative Zach Dockar-Clay.