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Team List Tuesday - Round 3

  • Team List Tuesday - Round 3

Coach Andrew McFadden has named an unchanged line-up for the Warriors' first home match of the season against Parramatta on Saturday night. 

Halfback Shaun Johnson has been included but is reportedly in doubt after suffering an arm injury during the second half of the win over Canberra. Should Johnson be ruled unfit, McFadden has a few options up his sleeve, including pairing Chad Townsend in the halves with Tuimoala Lolohea or Thomas Leuluai, or even calling up Mason Lino for a debut. 

Slotting Lolohea in to his third position in as many weeks would further diminish the Warriors' three-quarter line stocks, however. Konrad Hurrell is out again, while there is no return date confirmed for Ngani Laumape, Glen Fisiiahi, David Fusitua or Ken Maumalo. One of their biggest strengths of recent seasons is becoming a problem area for the side.

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Lolohea and Jonathan Wright lacked cohesion on the right - where Hurrell and Fusitua or Laumape dominated last season - although the form of Manu Vatuvei and Solomone Kata on the left against the Raiders was encouraging. 

Rookies Sam Lisone and Albert Vete continue to keep the likes of Suaia Matagi and Sam Rapira out of the 17 after another strong showing in the Australian capital. 

Dummy-half ironman Nathan Friend, who has started both matches of the bench so far this season, makes his 200th NRL appearance (and his 65th for the Warriors) on Saturday, while Ben Henry brings up his 50-game milestone

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS v PARRAMATTA EELS

Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

5.00pm, Saturday, March 21

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS

1 SAM TOMKINS

2 JONATHAN WRIGHT

3 TUIMOALA LOLOHEA

4 SOLOMONE KATA

5 MANU VATUVEI

6 CHAD TOWNSEND

7 SHAUN JOHNSON

8 JACOB LILLYMAN

9 THOMAS LEULUAI

10 BEN MATULINO

11 BODENE THOMPSON

12 RYAN HOFFMAN

13 SIMON MANNERING (c)

Interchange:

14 NATHAN FRIEND

15 BEN HENRY

16 SAM LISONE

17 ALBERT VETE

18 MATT ALLWOOD

HEAD COACH: ANDREW McFADDEN

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