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Mannering returns from injury for Warriors

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/05/2017 Angelo Risso

Simon Mannering of the Warriors. © Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images Simon Mannering of the Warriors. Warriors stalwart Simon Mannering will make his NRL return from a hamstring niggle when his side takes on Brisbane on Saturday.

Sorely missed in successive defeats to the Panthers and Dragons, the 30-year-old will resume his customary locking role against the second-placed Broncos and will hope to make his mark on a leaky Warriors defence.

The ex-Warriors and Kiwis captain often completes up to 50 tackles a game at lock, with his teammates struggling to cope in his absence.

They made 57 missed tackles last Friday as they lost 30-14 to the Dragons.

"He adds a lot to our group and it's good to have him back this week," Warriors boss Stephen Kearney said.

"We certainly missed Simon's presence."

Elsewhere, the State of Origin-enforced absence of Queenslander Jacob Lillyman has forced a small propping reshuffle from Kearney.

The freshly re-signed James Gavet, who started on the bench against the Red V, will play from the first minute alongside stalwart Ben Matulino.

Gavet signed through to the end of 2019 on Tuesday, having produced some encouraging early-season form despite the 14th-placed Warriors' troubles.

Albert Vete returns to first grade in Lillyman's absence, starting on the bench after being dropped to the NSW Cup for round four.

"Albert has earned his opportunity," Kearney said.

Solomone Kata and Manu Vatuvei, meanwhile, remain out with calf issues.

Wantaway utility Tuimoala Lolohea, still reportedly angling for a move to the Tigers, has again been named on the extended bench.

WARRIORS: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c), Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Blake Ayshford, David Fusitu'a, Ken Maumalo, Kieran Foran, Shaun Johnson, James Gavet, Issac Luke, Ben Matulino, Bodene Thompson, Ryan Hoffman, Simon Mannering. INTERCHANGE: Nathaniel Roache, Sam Lisone, Albert Vete, Bunty Afoa, Tuimoala Lolohea, Toafofoa Sipley, Ligi Sao, Mason Lino.

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