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The Warriors "host" North Queensland on the Central Coast after falling to earth with a thud last round.

Having earned praise for their 18-0 shutout of St George Illawarra a week earlier, the New Zealand club failed to trouble the scorers in a 26-point loss to Penrith last Friday.

The Cowboys were also given a reality check of sorts, producing an error-riddled display in a defeat to Cronulla after thrashing the Titans in round three.

The Rundown

Team News

Warriors: Peta Hiku will start at centre for Hayze Perham with Angatius Paasi dropping out of the reserves list on Thursday. Lachlan Burr replaces Isaiah Papali'i in the starting pack in the Warriors' other change. Papali'i and Chanel Harris-Tavita were omitted an hour before kick-off. The Warriors have won only two of their past 13 games against the Cowboys in Australia.

Cowboys: The Cowboys announced on Thursday that Jason Taumalolo would be part of the team to face the Warriors. The Tonga representative missed round four due to bone bruising on his knee. Taumalolo will play lock with Josh McGuire shifting to prop and Francis Molo going to the bench. Ben Hampton, Jake Granville and John Asiata are out, with Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow debuting on the wing, Reece Robson at hooker, Coen Hess in the second row and Gavin Cooper moving to the bench.

Reuben Cotter joins the interchange. Corey Jensen and Peter Hola were omitted from the extended squad 24 hours before kick-off and Shane Wright and Tom Opacic were cut an hour before game time. Cowboys winger Kyle Feldt has scored nine tries in six games against the Warriors.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
    Fullback for Cowboys is number 1 Valentine Holmes
  • Winger for Warriors is number 2 Patrick Herbert
    Winger for Cowboys is number 2 Kyle Feldt
  • Centre for Warriors is number 4 Gerard Beale
    Centre for Cowboys is number 3 Justin O'Neill
  • Centre for Warriors is number 20 Peta Hiku
    Centre for Cowboys is number 4 Esan Marsters
  • Winger for Warriors is number 5 Adam Pompey
    Winger for Cowboys is number 5 Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow
  • Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kodi Nikorima
    Five-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Scott Drinkwater
  • Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Blake Green
    Halfback for Cowboys is number 7 Jake Clifford

Forwards

  • Prop for Warriors is number 8 Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
    Prop for Cowboys is number 10 Jordan McLean
  • Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
    Hooker for Cowboys is number 9 Reece Robson
  • Prop for Warriors is number 10 Lachlan Burr
    Prop for Cowboys is number 13 Josh McGuire
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Eliesa Katoa
    2nd Row for Cowboys is number 11 Mitchell Dunn
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Tohu Harris
    2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Coen Hess
  • Lock for Warriors is number 13 Adam Blair
    Lock for Cowboys is number 20 Jason Taumalolo

Interchange

  • Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Karl Lawton
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 8 Francis Molo
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Poasa Faamausili
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 14 Reuben Cotter
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 16 King Vuniyayawa
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 15 Tom Gilbert
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Jack Murchie
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 17 Gavin Cooper

Key Match-Up

It's always exciting when two top-line fullbacks clash, and we're in for a treat with Roger Tuivasa-Sheck up against Valentine Holmes. Warriors captain RTS is a model of consistency, while Holmes has shown glimpses of his brilliant best upon returning to the NRL.