You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Injury sidelines Warriors' Katoa against Eels

Newshub logo Newshub 1/09/2020 Stephen Foote
a football player on a field: Eliesa Katoa has injured his left hand. © Image - Photosport; Video - Newshub. Eliesa Katoa has injured his left hand.

Injury and unavailability have forced four changes to the NZ Warriors side to take on Parramatta Eels in Gosford on Sunday.

Eliesa Katoa's hand injury, sustained in his first hit-up in the 36-6 demolition of Newcastle Knights last weekend, will keep him sidelined for at least two weeks.

Promoted from the bench to take Katoa’s spot is mid-season signing Jack Murchie, who has been outstanding since returning to the side.

Eels loan duo Daniel Alvaro and George Jennings will also miss the match, barred from playing against their parent club. Gerard Beale will take Jennings' place on the wing.

With Alvaro out and Murchie moved into the starting line-up, Isaiah Papali'i returns to the interchange, while Josh Curran, used only once so far this season, is line for his fifth career appearance.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck holding a sign © Provided by Newshub

As well as Wayde Egan, Adam Blair, Papali’i and Curran on the interchange, the three on the extended bench are rookie half Paul Turner and fellow development player Tom Ale, plus utility back Adam Keighran.

While the Warriors are buoyant after their best performance of the season, the Eels will be desperate and dangerous, after suffering just their fourth and heaviest defeat of the year - 38-0 to South Sydney. 

A win is critical to ninth-placed Warriors' chances of securing a playoffs berth, as they build towards the home stretch of their campaign.

Join us for live updates of Warriors v Eels from 6pm Sunday 

More from Newshub

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon