Simon Mannering’s injury-enforced hiatus will last at least another week, with the club legend’s name again missing from the team sheet for the Warriors’ Round 4 showdown with Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium.
There has been a significant reshuffle in the forward pack, however.
Sam Lisone’s one-match suspension brings Chris Satae – a standout during the trials – onto the interchange.
Meanwhile, Adam Blair shifts to lock and Agnatius Paasi has been named at prop – effectively a straight swap.
Ligi Sao remains on the bench after dropping back in a late change last week, with Leivaha Pulu retaining his starting second-row role.
Jazz Tevaga (pictured) has kept his interchange spot after a standout display in the heart-stopping win over Canberra. The backline is unchanged for the fourth consecutive round.
“Simon’s getting closer but remains a week-by-week proposition,” said Kearney.
“We lose Sam through suspension which is unfortunate because he has been doing a wonderful job for us off the bench.
“At the same time, it provides an opportunity for Chris, who has been impressive for us in the Intrust Super Premiership.”
Blair to loose forward and Paasi to start against the Roosters
— Vodafone Warriors (@NZWarriors) March 27, 2018
WARRIORS V SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Allianz Stadium, Sydney
5.30pm, Saturday, March 31, 2018
1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK (c)
2 DAVID FUSITU’A
3 PETA HIKU
4 SOLOMONE KATA
5 KEN MAUMALO
6 BLAKE GREEN
7 SHAUN JOHNSON
8 JAMES GAVET
9 ISSAC LUKE
10 AGNATIUS PAASI
11 LEIVAHA PULU
12 TOHU HARRIS
13 ADAM BLAIR
14 JAZZ TEVAGA
15 LIGI SAO
16 CHRIS SATAE
17 BUNTY AFOA
18 MASON LINO
20 ANTHONY GELLING
21 ALBERT VETE
22 CHARNZE NICOLL-KLOKSTAD