Strong line-up for final Warriors trial

  1. Most of the New Zealand Warriors’ experienced first graders will be onboard for the second and final NRL trial against the Gold Coast Titans at Sunshine Coast Stadium in Kawana Waters on Saturday (5.00pm kick-off).

    Combining for the first time in the halves will be Warriors regular Shaun Johnson and new signing Blake Green while the seasoned Adam Blair and Tohu Harris will also be making their club debuts.

    The club’s other established players coming into the side after missing the Melbourne trial in Rotorua are captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, back rower Simon Mannering, hooker Issac Luke and just re-signed prop Sam Lisone.

    While Johnson has Green as his newest halves partner, Blair is named to start in the front row teamed up with James Gavet and Sam Cook is again at hooker as he was in the 20-14 win over the Storm last weekend.

    Harris, a grand final winner with Melbourne last year, is paired in the second row with fellow new arrival Leivaha Pulu while Bunty Afoa is named at loose forward. Mannering, Lisone and Luke are all listed on a 10-man bench.

    Fullback Tuivasa-Sheck apart, the other four outside backs named played in Rotorua – wings David Fusitua and Ken Maumalo plus centres Peta Hiku and Solomone Kata.

    Seven of the 10 bench players were used against Melbourne – forwards Ligi Sao, Chris Satae and Joseph Vuna, utility Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, new centre Anthony Gelling, standoff Ata Hingano and 18-year-old Rotorua-raised Hayze Perham.

    Perham impressed when he came on for the second half against Melbourne. He was heavily involved making 112 metres from 10 runs and making no errors.

    1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK (c)
    2 DAVID Fusitua
    18 PETA HIKU
    4 SOLOMONE KATA
    20 KEN MAUMALO
    6 BLAKE GREEN
    7 SHAUN JOHNSON
    21 ADAM BLAIR
    9 SAM COOK
    10 JAMES GAVET
    11 TOHU HARRIS
    12 LEIVAHA PULU
    13 BUNTY AFOA

    Interchange:
    14 LIGI SAO
    15 CHRIS SATAE
    16 SAM LISONE
    17 CHARNZE NICOLL-KLOKSTAD
    22 SIMON MANNERING
    23 JOSEPH VUNA
    25 ANTHONY GELLING
    28 HAYZE PERHAM
    30 ATA HINGANO
    31 ISSAC LUKE

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