Warriors reshuffle forward pack for away NRL clash with the Sydney Roosters

Adam Blair will wear the 13 jersey against the Roosters in Sydney.
Adam Blair will wear the 13 jersey against the Roosters in Sydney. Photo credit: Photosport

Adam Blair will shift to the backrow as Stephen Kearney has reshuffled his forward pack after Sam Lisone copped a suspension for an illegal tackle in the win over the Canberra Raiders.

The current Kiwis captain will wear the number 13 jersey for the first time at the club, with fellow new recruit Agnatius Paasi getting the nod at prop.

Ligi Sao drops to the bench, while 2017 rookie Chris Satae is in line to play his first NRL match of the season and the fourth of his career after being listed in jersey No 16.

Added to the extended bench is prop Albert Vete while the rest of the personnel in the squad remains unchanged. Back rower Simon Mannering hasn’t yet been cleared to play as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury he picked up in the trial against Gold Coast.

"Simon's getting closer but remains a week-by-week proposition," said Kearney.

"We lose Sam through suspension which is unfortunate because he has been doing a wonderful job for us off the bench.

"At the same time, it provides an opportunity for Chris, who has been impressive for us in the Intrust Super Premiership."

Satae clocked up 72 minutes in last Saturday’s 16-18 reserve grade loss to Penrith, making 177 metres from 18 carries plus 32 tackles.

He also gained 103 metres in the home loss to Canterbury-Bankstown and 185 metres against North Sydney.

In putting together a 3-0 start to the season for the first time in the club’s history, the second-placed Vodafone Warriors share the distinction with leader St George Illawarra of being the only two unbeaten sides after the first three rounds.  

Warriors squad to play the Roosters:

Roger Tuvasa-Sheck, David Fusitua, Peta Hiku, Solomone Kata, Ken Maumalo, Blake Green, Shaun Johnson, James Gavet, Isaac Luke, Agnatius Paasi, Leivaha Pulu, Tohu Harris, Adam Blair

Extended interchange bench:

Jazz Tevaga, Ligi Sao, Chris Satae, Bunty Afoa, Mason Lino, Anthony Gelling, Albert Vete, Charnze Nicoll-Klockstad.

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