NRL: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck to make timely return for NZ Warriors against Gold Coast Titans

NZ Warriors will welcome Roger Tuivasa-Sheck back into the fold for their clash with Gold Coast Titans at Robina Stadium on Saturday.

Tuivasa-Sheck's return is timely, with Rocco Berry sustaining a shoulder injury during Saturday's loss to Melbourne Storm, ruling him out this weekend at the very least.  

The crosscode international hasn't featured since suffering a hamstring strain during training before their round nine match against Sydney Roosters, missing the team's last five games.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck in action for the Warriors.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck in action for the Warriors. Photo credit: Getty Images

Adam Pompey limped off late against the Storm, but has been named to partner Tuivasa-Sheck in the midfield.

State of Origin duty for Queensland and NSW respectively rules Kurt Capewell and Mitchell Barnett out of contention.

With Barnett out, Dylan Walker moves from loose forward to the second row and captain Tohu Harris returns to the starting line-up, after being used from the bench in his first two matches back from his hand injury.

Capewell’s place on the interchange is taken by 36-game prop Tom Ale, who joins utility Chanel Harris-Tavita, middle forward Jazz Tevaga and back rower Jacob Laban.

They'll also be without Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, who has been handed a one-match ban on a  Grade 2 Careless High Tackle charge for his reflex stiffarm against Storm counterpart Grant Anderson. Ed Kosi replaces him as the starting wing, opposite Marcelo Montoya.

Webster admits the loss to the Storm still stings, particularly after such a strong start and a statistical advantage that suggested they should've emerged victorious, but for a slew of self-imposed issues.

"It hurts, because the boys I thought played so well," Webster said. "We just didn't execute around last plays and it killed us.

"Our mistakes had a big impact on the result. Some days you get away with them, sometimes you don't and we weren't good enough.

"It's no point winning every stat and not winning the scoreboard one at the end of the game.  

"I thought Melbourne were impressive still to withstand all that pressure, and then come back and do what they did, but we've got to execute."

The defeat drops the Warriors to 13th on the NRL ladder and facing a critical rematch against the Titans. Last time they met was on Anzac Day, when the Gold Coast held on for a 27-24 win at Auckland.

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak.
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak. Photo credit: Photosport

The Titans will enter the contest in desperation mode, riding a three-game losing streak that's consigned them to the bottom of the competition standings.

"100 percent their speed," Webster said, when asked to identify the Titan's main strength.

"I feel like they're a lot more aggressive and going after teams in their defence. I feel like they're willing to shift the ball anywhere in the field.  

"Concentration is a big thing against this team, because they're just so fast and they're willing to move the ball from their own end. You combine that with some hard work and I think they're a good side."

Warriors: 1-Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, 2-Ed Kosi, 3-Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 4-Adam Pompey, 5-Marcelo Montoya, 6-Te Maire Martin, 7-Shaun Johnson, 8-Addin Fonua-Blake, 9-Wayde Egan, 10-Jackson Ford, 11-Marata Niukore, 12-Dylan Walker, 13-Tohu Harris

Interchange: 14-Chanel Harris-Tavita, 15-Jacob Laban, 16-Jazz Tevaga, 17-Tom Ale, 18-Bunty Afoa, 21- Moala Graham-Taufa 22-Freddy Lussick, 23-Demitric Sifakula

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