Shaun Johnson and Feleti Mateo should give the Warriors some extra punch in attack as they return for the match against the Raiders.
Key playmakers Shaun Johnson and Feleti Mateo return to the Warriors for their clash with Canberra.
Halfback Johnson and back rower Mateo were both late withdrawals for the Warriors in their 22-12 loss to Manly on Sunday and their return should give the Auckland team some extra punch in attack.
Johnson will resume his halves partnership with Chad Townsend, while Mateo is on a six-man bench with Ben Matulino, Sam Rapira, Thomas Leuluai, Tuimoala Lolohea and Sione Lousi.
Johnson was kept out of the Manly game with a groin strain while Mateo had an injured calf.
“We’re very hopeful they’ll be right to play but we have Tui and Sione there as cover if needed,” Warriors coach Andrew McFadden said.
The Warriors have only won twice in Canberra, the last time in 2001, but former Raider McFadden said he wasn’t concerned about the record.
“This game is about focusing on ourselves and controlling what we can control,” he said.
“It’s obviously a hugely important match for us in the context of the season.”
The Warriors are in ninth place after two consecutive losses but on the same number of competition points as six teams, headed by seventh-placed North Queensland.
Warriors: Sam Tomkins, Ngani Laumape, Konrad Hurrell, Dane Nielsen, Manu Vatuvei, Chad Townsend, Shaun Johnson, Jacob Lillyman, Nathan Friend, Suaia Matagi, Ben Henry, Simon Mannering (captain), Sebastine Ikahihifo. Interchange: Feleti Mateo, Ben Matulino, Sam Rapira, Thomas Leuluai, Tuimoala Lolohea, Sione Lousi.