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Vatuvei, Kata out for Warriors

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/08/2016

Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors makes a run at Adam Reynolds of the Rabbitohs during the round 23 NRL match. © Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors makes a run at Adam Reynolds of the Rabbitohs during the round 23 NRL match. Veteran wing Manu Vatuvei is out with injury while centre Solomone Kata will sit out a one-match ban in two forced changes to the Warriors' starting line-up for their season-ending NRL clash against Parramatta in Auckland.

Vatuvei has been sidelined by a sternum complaint, while Kata took an early guilty plea to a grade-one dangerous throw charge arising from the loss to Wests Tigers last weekend.

The pair's absence means a backline reshuffle, with David Fusitu'a moving from fullback to centre and Tuimoala Lolohea going from wing to take the No.1 jersey on Sunday.

Coming into the side on the wings are Ken Maumalo and Jonathan Wright.

The rest of the run-on side is unchanged from the 36-24 defeat to the Tigers, which ended the Warriors' hopes of making the playoffs for the first time since their grand final appearance in 2011.

Coach Andrew McFadden says Vatuvei, who made 147 running metres, was able to get through the match against the Tigers, but was in a fair bit of pain.

He says the disappointment of that home loss remains.

"But we have to get back up to finish the season as well as we possibly can to give us something to build on for next year," he said.

The Eels, who had 12 points deducted mid-season for salary cap breaches, are also out of finals contention.

But they will head to Mt Smart Stadium on the back of a 30-18 win over St George Illawarra on Monday night.

Warriors: Tuimoala Lolohea, Jonathan Wright, Blake Ayshford, David Fusitu'a, Ken Maumalo, Thomas Leuluai, Shaun Johnson, Jacob Lillyman, Issac Luke, Albert Vete, Bodene Thompson, Ryan Hoffman (captain), Simon Mannering. Interchange: Ata Hingano, Sam Lisone, Ben Matulino, Bunty Afoa, Nathaniel Roache.

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