Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and Bunty Afoa return but Mitchell Barnett has been ruled out for the One New Zealand Warriors’ round 25 encounter with the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at Daniel Anderson Stadium on Friday night (8.00pm kick-off).
Also confirmed in the line-up is hooker Wayde Egan, who was cleared of a serious throat injury when he was taken to hospital as a precaution after being forced of the field just 22 minutes into last Saturday night’s clash against the Wests Tigers in Hamilton.
Nicoll-Klokstad missed the match as he followed NRL concussion protocols following a head knock early in the round 23 contest against the Titans while Afoa had a 49-minute stint with the club’s New South Wales Cup side in its 26-16 win over Western Suburbs.
Nicoll-Klokstad replaces Taine Tuaupiki while Afoa comes in for an injured Barnett, who will be out for a week after needing stitches for a laceration below the knee following the battle with the Wests Tigers.
The One New Zealand Warriors go into Friday night’s contest with a chance of extending their winning run to six matches following victories over Parramatta (46-10), Cronulla Sutherland (44-12), Canberra (21-20), Gold Coast (28-18) and the Wests Tigers (30-22).
The last time a Warriors side posted six consecutive wins was 21 years ago when the 2002 team put together a club record eight straight victories on the way to making the grand final. The only other instance of six wins on end was achieved by the original Warriors in 1995.
Match: Warriors v Sea Eagles
Round 25 -
Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-KlokstadFullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Reuben Garrick
Winger for Warriors is number 2 Dallin Watene-ZelezniakWinger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jason Saab
Centre for Warriors is number 3 Rocco BerryCentre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Tolutau Koula
Centre for Warriors is number 4 Adam PompeyCentre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Morgan Harper
Winger for Warriors is number 5 Marcelo MontoyaWinger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Raymond Tuaimalo Vaega
Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Luke MetcalfFive-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 14 Jake Arthur
Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Shaun JohnsonHalfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans
Prop for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-BlakeProp for Sea Eagles is number 8 Toafofoa Sipley
Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde EganHooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Lachlan Croker
Prop for Warriors is number 10 Bunty AfoaProp for Sea Eagles is number 10 Sean Keppie
2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Jackson Ford2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Haumole Olakau'atu
2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Marata Niukore2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Kelma Tuilagi
Lock for Warriors is number 13 Tohu HarrisLock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic
Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Dylan WalkerInterchange for Sea Eagles is number 6 Josh Schuster
Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Bayley SironenInterchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Dean Matterson
Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Josh CurranInterchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Aaron Woods
Interchange for Warriors is number 21 Freddy LussickInterchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Ethan Bullemor
Replacement for Warriors is number 20 Taine TuaupikiReplacement for Sea Eagles is number 18 Gordon Chan Kum Tong
- Referee: Todd Smith
- Touch Judge: Darian Furner
- Touch Judge: Kasey Badger
- Senior Review Official: Gerard Sutton
The Andrew Webster-coached side sits alone in third spot on the ladder on 34 points with a 14-7 record including nine wins in its last 11 matches since the Magic Round defeat by Penrith in early May.
Friday night’s match sets up a 100-250 double celebration for the One New Zealand Warriors in their 26th round encounter with St George Illawarra on August 25; captain Tohu Harris makes his 99th appearance for the Warriors this week while halfback Shaun Johnson plays his 250th career match.
The Sea Eagles, playing in Auckland for the first time since 2019, have lost their last two matches but are still only three points off eighth spot.
They remain the One New Zealand Warriors’ most difficult opponents of the teams in the NRL today having won just 12 of 39 matches against them.