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Warriors unchanged for Storm clash

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/03/2017

Simon Mannering © Evan Barnes/Shuttersport Limited/Getty Images Simon Mannering Coach Stephen Kearney has named an unchanged line-up for the Warriors second-round NRL match against Melbourne Storm at Mt Smart Stadium on Friday.

The injury concerns over Simon Mannering, Issac Luke and Charlie Gubb after the 26-22 win have cleared, with all three named in the run-on team.

"Simon will be fine, Charlie has to go through some concussion protocols and we'll see how Issac is at training over the next couple of days," Kearney said.

"We're hopeful all three will be able to play."

Veteran wing Manu Vatuvei has been added to the extended eight-man bench, with Bodene Thompson also named after being confirmed as a late interchange inclusion against the Knights.

Shaun Johnson is poised to surpass Stacey Jones's point-scoring record for the Warriors, needing just four points to better his mark of 674.

Kearney, who made 79 appearances as a player for the Warriors, also racked up 139 matches for the Storm, going on to serve there as an assistant coach under Craig Bellamy.

Warriors: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (captain), Tuimoala Lolohea, David Fusitu'a, Solomone Kata, Ken Maumalo, Mafoa'aeata Hingano, Shaun Johnson, Albert Vete, Issac Luke, Charlie Gubb, Bunty Afoa, Ryan Hoffman, Simon Mannering. Interchange: Erin Clark, Jacob Lillyman, Sam Lisone, Bodene Thompson, Isaiah Papali'i, James Gavet, Manu Vatuvei, Mason Lino.

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