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The Vodafone Warriors have been boosted by the return of three players from injury for this weekend?s round 16 match against the Melbourne Storm at Olympic Park.
Back-rower Awen Guttenbeil is back in the side after missing last week?s golden point loss to the Cowboys through injury. Guttenbeil was given until the last minute to prove his fitness against North Queensland, however medical staff advised him to miss the game so that he would be 100 per cent for this week?s match against Melbourne.
Tony Martin is back on the wing having suffered a frustrating, ongoing absence with a knee strain. Although named for the round 13 match against the Raiders, Martin has not actually played since the team?s victory over the Rabbitohs two weeks earlier. He too will return to the field 100 per cent for the clash against his former team.
Utility back Jerome Ropati makes his long awaited come back from injury on the interchange bench. He has been out of the side with a fractured jaw since the round 4 clash against Manly. In other news on the injury front, pending confirmation from a specialist today, Wairangi Koopu will miss this weekend?s game having suffered a jaw injury from the Cowboy?s match. At this stage it is expected that he will miss only game.
The team for this Saturday night?s game against the Storm at Olympic Park, kicking off at 9:30pm (NZ time) is:
1. Brent Webb 2. Henry Fa?afili 3. Vinnie Anderson 4. Clinton Toopi 5. Tony Martin 6. Lance Hohaia 7. Stacey Jones 8. Karl Temata 9. Monty Betham (c) 10. Iafeta Paleaaesina 11. Richard Villasanti 12. Awen Guttenbeil 13. Louis Anderson
14. Evarn Tuimavave 16. Epalahame Lauaki 17. Shannon Stowers 18. Thomas Leuluai 20. Manu Vatuvei 22. Jerome Ropati