Isaiah Papali'i, Issac Luke return to Warriors side for clash with Tigers

The Warriors have welcomed back Isaiah Papali'i and Issac Luke onto an extended bench for this weekend's clash with the Wests Tigers in Sydney on Sunday.

With Luke having missed the 40-6 win over the Bulldogs due to a shoulder injury, and Papali'i stood down for disciplinary reasons, the pair are both available for selection once again. Both were named among the reserves, with the starting side unchanged.

Coach Stephen Kearney welcomed the return of hooker Luke, saying that he could work his way back into the side in time for Sunday's clash.

"Issac is also making good progress in his recovery and is certainly a good chance of playing against the Tigers."

Meanwhile, Papali'i is also in line to return to the matchday side, having missed the opening week of the season with a drink driving offence.

"Isaiah paid the price last week after failing to live up to the standards we expect of our players," Kearney said.

"He's full of remorse about what happened and he's also hungry to win his place back in the side."

Elsewhere, young five-eighth Adam Keighran has been kept in his role in the starting side, having debuted against the Bulldogs, while a spot on the bench has been given to a fellow rookie, halfback Chanel Harris-Tavita.

WARRIORS: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c), 2. David Fusitu'a, 3. Peta Hiku, 4. Solomone Kata, 5. Ken Maumalo, 6. Adam Keighran, 7. Blake Green, 8. Agnatius Paasi, 9. Nathaniel Roache, 10. Bunty Afoca, 11. Adam Blair, 12. Tohu Harris, 13. Lachlan Burr.

Interchange (from): 14. Jazz Tevaga, 15. Sam Lisone, 16. Leeson Ah Mau, 17. Isaiah Papali'i, 18. Gerard Beale, 20. Chanel Harris-Tavita, 22. Issac Luke, 23. Ligi Sao.

Issac Luke.
NRL Premiership Rugby League. Vodafone Warriors v Brisbane Broncos. Mt Smart Stadium. 14th April 2018. Copyright Photo: Jeremy Ward /
Issac Luke. Source: Photosport

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