Hometown hero Tohu Harris won't lack for support when he leads the One New Zealand Warriors against the Brisbane Broncos in tonight's 'home' match at a packed out McLean Park in Napier.
The Hastings-raised Harris will have overwhelming backing from the crowd not least from a temporarily named 'Harris Stand' which will include a huge contingent of family.
The bye last week was timely for the One New Zealand Warriors given their extensive injury toll, while a 24-12 win over the Bulldogs in round 11, which snapped a three-game losing streak, will have ensured spirits were high heading into their time off.
This will be the first time either side has played at McLean Park in Napier, with the 2015 clash between Melbourne and St George Illawarra being the only previous NRL game at the venue.
The Broncos and Warriors have played each other just once each year for the past three seasons, with the latter winning two of those contests.
Match: Warriors v Broncos
Round 13 -
Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-KlokstadFullback for Broncos is number 1 Tristan Sailor
Winger for Warriors is number 2 Dallin Watene-ZelezniakWinger for Broncos is number 2 Jesse Arthars
Centre for Warriors is number 3 Rocco BerryCentre for Broncos is number 3 Kotoni Staggs
Centre for Warriors is number 4 Adam PompeyCentre for Broncos is number 4 Herbie Farnworth
Winger for Warriors is number 5 Marcelo MontoyaWinger for Broncos is number 5 Deine Mariner
Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Luke MetcalfFive-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Ezra Mam
Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Shaun JohnsonHalfback for Broncos is number 7 Adam Reynolds
Prop for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-BlakeProp for Broncos is number 8 Keenan Palasia
Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Freddy LussickHooker for Broncos is number 9 Billy Walters
Prop for Warriors is number 10 Bunty AfoaProp for Broncos is number 10 Corey Jensen
2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Jackson Ford2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Kurt Capewell
2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Marata Niukore2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Jordan Riki
Lock for Warriors is number 13 Tohu HarrisLock for Broncos is number 13 Kobe Hetherington
Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Bayley SironenInterchange for Broncos is number 14 Cory Paix
Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Josh CurranInterchange for Broncos is number 15 Xavier Willison
Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Demitric SifakulaInterchange for Broncos is number 16 Brendan Piakura
Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Tom AleInterchange for Broncos is number 17 Martin Taupau
Replacement for Warriors is number 20 Taine TuaupikiReplacement for Broncos is number 20 Delouise Hoeter
- Referee: Gerard Sutton
- Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
- Senior Review Official: Matt Noyen
One New Zealand Warriors: Luke Metcalf will make his club debut after being named at standoff following a long lay-off with a hamstring injury. Jackson Ford is back to start in the second row after missing round 11 with a head knock, while hooker Wayde Egan (calf) is out and replaced by Freddy Lussick. Also missing is utility Dylan Walker (toe). No changes in the 24-hour update, with Ronald Volkman, Zyon Maiu'u and Ali Leiataua dropping out of the squad.
Broncos: Halfback Adam Reynolds remained in the squad after the 24-hour update and is set to return from injury in what will be a huge boost for Kevin Walters' side. Tristan Sailor and Deine Mariner join the backline with Reece Walsh and Selwyn Cobbo on Origin duty, while Keenan Palasia and Corey Jensen are the new starting props in place of Payne Haas (Blues) and Thomas Flegler (Maroons). Kobe Hetherington moves into the starting side for Pat Carrigan. The new faces on the bench are Xavier Willison and Brendan Piakura.
- The Warriors have won three of their past four games in New Zealand played outside Auckland.
- The Broncos play in New Zealand for the first time since 2019.
- The Warriors have won eight of their past 11 games against the Broncos in New Zealand.
- More than half of the Broncos’ squad will play their first NRL game in New Zealand.
- Warriors prop Addin Fonua-Blake has scored four tries in his past five games.
Stats supplied by David Middleton, League Information Services, author of the official annual of the NRL.