The Dolphins will look to continue their fairytale debut season when they travel across the ditch to take on a One New Zealand Warriors side smarting from a loss to the Broncos in Napier.
Much of the focus was on Adam Pompey's brain fade at the end of the match that denied his team a late shot at victory, but the damage had been done much earlier for the One New Zealand Warriors as they let the undermanned Broncos get out to a 26-10 lead before finally clicking into gear.
The Warriors retain a spot in the top eight on for and against but losses in four of their past five games have stalled their momentum and threatened to undo the good work done in the opening six weeks.
The Dolphins overcame the absence of Felise Kaufusi, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow and Tom Gilbert to knock off the Dragons and now sit sixth on the ladder with a 7-5 record - a remarkable achievement in their first season in the big time.
With matches against the One New Zealand Warriors, Sea Eagles and Eels to come before a blockbuster rematch with the Broncos in Round 18, Wayne Bennett's men are ideally placed to emulate the deeds of Melbourne in 1998 and St George Illawarra in 1999 by playing finals in their inaugural season.
Match: Warriors v Dolphins
Round 14 -
Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-KlokstadFullback for Dolphins is number 1 Kodi Nikorima
Winger for Warriors is number 2 Dallin Watene-ZelezniakWinger for Dolphins is number 2 Jamayne Isaako
Centre for Warriors is number 3 Rocco BerryCentre for Dolphins is number 3 Euan Aitken
Centre for Warriors is number 4 Adam PompeyCentre for Dolphins is number 4 Brenko Lee
Winger for Warriors is number 5 Marcelo MontoyaWinger for Dolphins is number 5 Tesi Niu
Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Luke MetcalfFive-Eighth for Dolphins is number 6 Anthony Milford
Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Shaun JohnsonHalfback for Dolphins is number 7 Isaiya Katoa
Prop for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-BlakeProp for Dolphins is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde EganHooker for Dolphins is number 13 Ray Stone
Prop for Warriors is number 10 Bunty AfoaProp for Dolphins is number 10 Herman Ese'ese
2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Jackson Ford2nd Row for Dolphins is number 11 Kenneath Bromwich
2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Marata Niukore2nd Row for Dolphins is number 12 Connelly Lemuelu
Lock for Warriors is number 13 Tohu HarrisLock for Dolphins is number 14 Jarrod Wallace
Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Josh CurranInterchange for Dolphins is number 15 Mark Nicholls
Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Mitchell BarnettInterchange for Dolphins is number 16 Mason Teague
Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Bayley SironenInterchange for Dolphins is number 17 Valynce Te Whare
Interchange for Warriors is number 18 Tom AleInterchange for Dolphins is number 19 Max Plath
Replacement for Warriors is number 20 Taine TuaupikiReplacement for Dolphins is number 21 Kurt Donoghoe
- Referee: Grant Atkins
- Touch Judge: Darian Furner
- Senior Review Official: Gerard Sutton
One New Zealand Warriors: A change 24 hours before kick-off with Tom Ale coming in for Dylan Walker, who has succumbed to a toe injury he picked up in training last week. Wayde Egan (calf) is named to start after missing Round 13 with a calf injury. He is a straight swap for Freddy Lussick who failed a HIA last week and won’t play. Mitch Barnett (neck) is also set to start on Andrew Webster's bench after missing over two months with injury.
Dolphins: The Dolphins remain 1-17 in Friday's 24hr update. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow and Tom Gilbert were set to be rested after Wednesday's Origin opener but Gilbert faces an extended period out with a shoulder injury. Kodi Nikorima will start the game at fullback in Hammer's absence. Jeremy Marshall-King (shoulder) has had some concerns throughout the week at training but is named to start at hooker. Max Plath is on standby in the reserves should the in-form rake fail to take his place in the side.
- The One New Zealand Warriors have won three from five in New Zealand this season.
- The Dolphins play outside Australia for the first time.
- The One New Zealand Warriors have achieved their best defensive performance after 13 rounds since 2018.
- Dolphins winger Jamayne Isaako has scored 30 of his team’s 42 points in their past two games.
- One New Zealand Warriors winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has scored five tries in his past five games.
Stats supplied by David Middleton, League Information Services, author of the official annual of the NRL.