NRL: Warriors' Ken Maumalo to return against Parramatta Eels

  • 23/07/2019

Star wing Ken Maumalo will return to the Warriors for their clash with the Parramatta Eels at Banwest Stadium in Sydney on Saturday.

The team's top try scorer will slot back into the starting side after a one-game absence due to a head injury suffered during the draw with the Broncos.

NRL: Warriors' Ken Maumalo to return against Parramatta Eels

In the midst of a career season with 12 tries to date, Maumalo's return is a big boost for the Warriors as they look to spring into the all-important top-eight on the NRL ladder.

He'll replace Adam Pompey in the only change to the side that edged the crionulla Sharks at Mt Smart last weekend.

Stand-out half Kodi Nikorima sustained an ankle injury during that match but has been declared fit to appear against the Sydneysiders.

The Eels are coming off a 24-36 loss to the Sea Eagles on Sunday and are currently tied at sixth on the ladder. They've won five of their six encounters at their new home of Bankwest Stadium.

Foward Leeson Ah Mau will start his 18th consecutive match of the season to date, joining Peta Hiku as the only players to have featured in every game through the campaign so far.

Blake Green is encouraged by the grit shown by his side in securing two wins and a draw from their past three away fixtures, and knows they'll need more of the same to overcome the Eels.

"We have miles of things we need to improve on," said Green. "But one thing that's been consistent over the past patch of footy has been our effort.

"We haven't been great at executing things at times but teams have struggled to get over the top of us. We've been in the fight, we've been tough to handle, and we've been working really hard."


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