Maumalo back for Storm

  1. Wing Ken Maumalo returns from injury and prop James Gavet ends a long wait for his 50th NRL appearance in the New Zealand Warriors’ 19th-round NRL clash against Melbourne at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday (4.00pm kick-off).

    Rookie Kiwi international Maumalo is back from a knee complaint after missing last Sunday’s 26-6 win over Brisbane while Gavet reaches his milestone almost six years since making his first-grade debut late in the 2012 season.

    Maumalo’s reappearance on the left wing is the only change to the starting line-up used in the outstanding victory over the Broncos. Peta Hiku, switched to the left flank after originally being listed at right centre at Suncorp Stadium, has been moved to the interchange to make way for Maumalo. That sees Anthony Gelling out of the 17 but retained on the extended bench.

    Another change among the extra players is the inclusion of front rower Bunty Afoa, who has recovered from the elbow injury which forced him off the field against Cronulla on June 29.



    WARRIORS v MELBOURNE STORM
    4.00pm, Sunday, July 22, 2018
    Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

    WARRIORS

    1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK (c)
    2 DAVID Fusitua
    3 GERARD BEALE
    4 SOLOMONE KATA
    5 KEN MAUMALO
    6 BLAKE GREEN
    7 SHAUN JOHNSON
    8 JAMES GAVET
    9 ISSAC LUKE
    10 AGNATIUS PAASI
    11 Isaiah Papalii
    12 SIMON MANNERING
    13 ADAM BLAIR
    Interchange:
    14 JAZZ TEVAGA
    15 CHRIS SATAE
    16 JOSEPH VUNA
    17 PETA HIKU
    18 MASON LINO
    20 KARL LAWTON
    21 BUNTY AFOA
    22 ANTHONY GELLING

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