Captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck takes some of the best form of his career into his 50th appearance for the New Zealand Warriors in Sunday’s vital 23rd-round NRL encounter with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (2.00pm kick-off local time; 4.00pm NZT).
The 25-year-old fullback leads an unchanged side in the quest for a third straight victory following wins over St George Illawarra (18-12) and Newcastle (20-4).
He ran a staggering 338 metres against the Knights last Friday night, following on from 239 against the Dragons, 160 against Gold Coast and 229 against the Storm. His total is a club record topping two 300-metre plus efforts by former Warriors captain Steve Price in 2007.
Tuivasa-Sheck’s effort last week is a mere one metre less than his career best (339 against Cronulla in 2015) while he also made 330 and 303 in two other games that same season. The NRL record is Justin Hodges’ 346 in 2006.
In 19 matches this season Tuivasa-Sheck has totalled almost 3500 metres averaging more than 183 a game and has made a total of 100 tackle breaks.
The Canterbury-Bankstown contest also gives the Warriors the opportunity to extend their club record for away wins in one season to nine.
The first four players named on the interchange also remains unchanged with utility Jazz Tevaga joined by second rower Leivaha Pulu, prop Bunty Afoa and utility back Peta Hiku.
WARRIORS v CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
2.00pm, Sunday, August 19, 2018
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
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 ADAM BLAIR
13 SIMON MANNERING
14 JAZZ TEVAGA
15 LEIVAHA PULU
16 BUNTY AFOA
17 PETA HIKU
18 JOSEPH VUNA
20 ANTHONY GELLING
21 CHRIS SATAE
22 KARL LAWTON
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