Impressive rookie second rower Eliesa Katoa
is out for at least two weeks with an injury to his left hand which he picked up in his first carry in Saturday’s stunning 36-6 victory over Newcastle at Scully Park in Tamworth.
Parramatta loan players George Jennings and Daniel Alvaro are also out of the side. They haven’t been released by the Eels this week after being in the line-up the past five weeks, a period in which the Vodafone Warriors have beaten the Wests Tigers, Manly, Canterbury Bankstown and Newcastle while losing just 12-18 to competition leader Penrith.
Promoted from the bench to take Katoa
’s spot is mid-season signing Jack Murchie
, who has been outstanding since returning to the side two weeks ago.
He came off the interchange to score two tries, create another, run 73 metres from seven carries and make 32 tackles with no misses in the 20-14 win over the Bulldogs followed by a 58-minute stint against the Knights when he made 116 metres from 11 runs, had three tackles breaks and made 28 tackles with just one miss.