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Maumalo back for Storm

Maumalo back for Storm
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Wing Ken Maumalo returns from injury and prop James Gavet ends a long wait for his 50th NRL appearance in the New Zealand Warriors’ 19th-round NRL clash against Melbourne at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday (4.00pm kick-off).

Rookie Kiwi international Maumalo is back from a knee complaint after missing last Sunday’s 26-6 win over Brisbane while Gavet reaches his milestone almost six years since making his first-grade debut late in the 2012 season.

Maumalo’s reappearance on the left wing is the only change to the starting line-up used in the outstanding victory over the Broncos. Peta Hiku, switched to the left flank after originally being listed at right centre at Suncorp Stadium, has been moved to the interchange to make way for Maumalo. That sees Anthony Gelling out of the 17 but retained on the extended bench.

Another change among the extra players is the inclusion of front rower Bunty Afoa, who has recovered from the elbow injury which forced him off the field against Cronulla on June 29.

 

WARRIORS v MELBOURNE STORM
4.00pm, Sunday, July 22, 2018
Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

WARRIORS

1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK (c)
2 DAVID FUSITU’A
3 GERARD BEALE
4 SOLOMONE KATA
5 KEN MAUMALO
6 BLAKE GREEN
7 SHAUN JOHNSON
8 JAMES GAVET
9 ISSAC LUKE
10 AGNATIUS PAASI
11 ISAIAH PAPALI’I
12 SIMON MANNERING
13 ADAM BLAIR
Interchange:
14 JAZZ TEVAGA
15 CHRIS SATAE
16 JOSEPH VUNA
17 PETA HIKU
18 MASON LINO
20 KARL LAWTON
21 BUNTY AFOA
22 ANTHONY GELLING