After travelling almost 15,000km and playing in four different cities in the last four weeks, the Vodafone Warriors are back home for the first time since June 30 when they host Canberra in Friday night’s 20th-round NRL clash at Mount Smart Stadium (8.00pm kick-off).
They’ll go into the match against the Raiders with hooker Issac Luke named although he faces a judicial hearing tonight on a grade two dangerous throw offence he was charged with following Saturday night’s loss to Parramatta.
The club has accepted the offence but is disputing the grading. If successful, Luke would be clear to play on Friday night.
Included in the 21-man squad is hooker Karl Lawton, who has been side-lined for the last three games with a shoulder injury he picked up in the Newcastle encounter.
Returning at halfback is Kodi Nikorima, who missed the Parramatta encounter with an ankle complaint, while new signing Josh Curran is on the extended bench.
I'm a little bit gutted that Kodi is back so quick. His chemistry with team mates has been a bit off, with mistimed/dropped/missed passes. Was super impressed with Chanel Harris-Tavita last, especially his kicking game. Some nice attacking bombs that actually had good chasers. Kodi does bring the x factor with the running game tho