NRL: Taine Tuaupiki replaces Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad for NZ Warriors clash against Wests Tigers

Taine Tuaupiki will start at fullback for NZ Warriors on Saturday, with Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad sidelined for the clash against Wests Tigers, due to NRL concussion protocols.

Nicoll-Klokstad was forced from the field after a high tackle in last week's win over Gold Coast Titans and has been sidelined for the trip to Hamilton.

Tuaupiki, 23, will again take his spot at the back for just his fourth NRL appearance, with the rest of the line-up unchanged.

Forward Jazz Tevaga has also been promoted from the reserves to the interchange, as he continues his comeback from a calf injury.

Saturday's soldout 'away' game at FMG Stadium will be the Warriors' 700th in their history and star halfback Shaun Johnson's 249th career appearance.

Warriors coach Andrew Webster expects Nicoll-Klokstad to be ready to go for next week's game against Manly Sea Eagles.

"He's good, he's doing well," he said. "He should be right after the game after this, but he's got some boxes to tick yet and if he does that, he'll be good.

"[There's] nothing else at this stage, we're all pretty good."

Following last week's scrappy win over the Titans, the Warriors have solidified their grasp on third on the competition table, with just four rounds to go.

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad in action for the Warriors
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad in action for the Warriors. Photo credit: Getty Images

With the chasing pack of Melbourne Storm and Canberra Raiders just two points behind, Webster knows they need to be better.

"I don't know if they're wake-up calls, I just think the good teams learn when they win," he said. "Everyone's always waiting for a really bad loss or something to hit rock bottom, [but] the great teams don't do that.

"Whilst they win, they're actually learning lessons along the way, and take it in and go, 'Okay, in this situation, we don't do that, or this week we can't do that'.

"We'll find out this week, this is our test. Have we got better?

"Did we learn? Have we actually taken something out of this ir do we think we're coasting along really smoothly, because we're not.

"The boys are telling me that, I'm not telling them that, that's the good thing."

NZ Warriors: 1-Taine Tuaupiki, 2-Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 3-Rocco Berry, 4-Adam Pompey, 5-Marcelo Montoya, 6-Luke Metcalf, 7-Shaun Johnson, 8-Addin Fonua-Blake, 9-Wayde Egan, 10-Mitchell Barnett, 11-Jackson Ford, 12-Marata Niukore, 13-Tohu Harris (c)

Interchange: 14-Dylan Walker, 15-Jazz Tevaga, 16-Bayley Sironen, 17-Josh Curran

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