LAWTON TO CENTRE, FAAMAUSILI AND CURRAN JOIN BENCH FOR PANTHERS CLASH

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The versatile Karl Lawton will replace centre Peta Hiku – who injured his ribs in Saturday’s stirring win over St George Illawarra – when the Warriors travel to Campbelltown to take on unbeaten Penrith this Friday.

Lawton’s only previous NRL start at centre was ironically against the Warriors on first-grade debut for Gold Coast at Mt Smart Stadium in 2016 – a milestone soured by a broken leg. Best known as a dummy-half the 24-year-old’s utility value came to the fore last week when Hiku came off injured against the Dragons midway through the first half.

David Fusitu’a, who joined the squad in Australia late, shaped as a possible inclusion for Hiku this week but his return has been delayed.

The rest of the starting line-up remains unchanged but there’s two new faces on the bench courtesy of Lawton’s promotion and Agnatius Paasi’s suspension.

Roosters forward Poasa Faamausili, who linked with the Warriors last week on a short-term loan deal, is set to become Warrior #245, while unlucky Round 3 omission Josh Curran – another ex-Rooster – is set to play his third NRL game for the Warriors. 

 

WARRIORS v PENRITH PANTHERS

8.00pm (NZT) Friday, June 5, 2020

Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney

Referee: Matt Cecchin

WARRIORS

1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK (c)

2 PATRICK HERBERT

3 KARL LAWTON

4 GERARD BEALE

5 KEN MAUMALO

6 KODI NIKORIMA

7 BLAKE GREEN

8 JAMAYNE TAUNOA-BROWN

9 WAYDE EGAN

10 ADAM BLAIR

11 ELIESA KATOA

12 TOHU HARRIS

13 ISAIAH PAPALI’I

Interchange:

14 JACK MURCHIE

15 POASA FAAMAUSILI

16 KING VUNIYAYAWA

17 JOSH CURRAN

18 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA

20 HAYZE PERHAM

21 ADAM POMPEY

22 LEIVAHA PULU

HEAD COACH | STEPHEN KEARNEY

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