With Jazz Tevaga ruled out last night, hooker Freddy Lussick has been named as his replacement on the interchange for the One New Zealand Warriors’ round 25 encounter with the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at Daniel Anderson Stadium tonight (8.00pm kick-off).
Lussick joins utility Dylan Walker and back rowers Bayley Sironen and Josh Curran on the bench with fullback Taine Tuaupiki confirmed as 18th man.
Tevaga was named on Tuesday to make just his third appearance since a long injury lay-off but picked up a hamstring injury in Wednesday’s field session.
No time frame on a return to play date has been set yet as the medical team awaits information from scans to determine the severity of the injury.
Tevaga had been sidelined since Anzac Day recovering from a calf injury before making his comeback against Gold Coast two weeks ago.
As well as Tevaga, the other two players omitted from the extended squad at the 24-hour deadline were winger Edward Kosi and halfback Ronald Volkman.
Match: Warriors v Sea Eagles
Round 25 -
Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Ben FarrFullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Jake Toby
Winger for Warriors is number 2 Setu TuWinger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jackson Ferris
Centre for Warriors is number 3 patrick moimoiCentre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Brad Abbey
Centre for Warriors is number 4 Viliami VaileaCentre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Clayton Faulalo
Winger for Warriors is number 5 Edward KosiWinger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Ryan Garner
Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Eiden AcklandFive-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Jamie Humphreys
Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Ronald VolkmanHalfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Latu Fainu
Prop for Warriors is number 8 Zyon Maiu'uProp for Sea Eagles is number 8 Ben Condon
Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Michael SioHooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Gordon Chan Kum Tong
Prop for Warriors is number 10 Tom AleProp for Sea Eagles is number 10 Austin Dias
2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Selumiela Halasima2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Samuela Fainu
2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Jacob Laban2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 19 Kobe Rugless
Lock for Warriors is number 13 Kalani GoingLock for Sea Eagles is number 23 Denzal Tonise
Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Paul RoacheInterchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Joe Tramontana
Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Tanner Stowers-SmithInterchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Morgan Boyle
Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Maia SandsInterchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Jacob Sykes
Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Isaiah VaganaInterchange for Sea Eagles is number 22 Vea Tapa'atoutai
Replacement for Warriors is number 18 Eddie Ieremia-ToeavaReplacement for Sea Eagles is number 18 Jordan Main
Recalled to the side are fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and front rower Bunty Afoa but prop-second rower Mitchell Barnett is out.
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 tonight’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.
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.
Tonight’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.