While Ben Matulino misses two games with a knee injury, Ben Henry is back on the Warriors bench after missing two games with his knee injury.
Warriors coach Andrew McFadden has reshuffled his pack to face Brisbane in their NRL clash at Mount Smart Stadium, as Ben Matulino recovers from minor knee surgery.
Captain Simon Mannering moves to the second row to replace Matulino, who was injured in the defeat against South Sydney in Perth on June 7, and Sebastine Ikahihifo starts at loose forward in his 10th consecutive appearance this season.
Sam Rapira will start in the front row with Suaia Matagi shifting to the bench alongside Feleti Mateo, Ben Henry, back after missing two games with a knee injury, and the recalled Charlie Gubb. Hooker Siliva Havili drops to the NSW Cup side.
“It’s disappointing losing Ben Matulino but a real positive having Ben Henry back at the same time. His versatility gives us options on the bench,” McFadden said.
“There’s also encouraging news about Ben Matulino. His surgery on his (right) knee went well last week and we’re now expecting him back against Parramatta.
“With another bye to come it means he would miss only two games all up.”
Both the Warriors and Broncos are coming off byes last weekend, with Brisbane lying fifth on 18 points while the Warriors are 11th on 14 points.
Although the Broncos go into Saturday’s match having won their last four, the Warriors beat them at home and away last year and have won each of the past three matches against the Broncos at Mount Smart.
Warriors: Sam Tomkins, David Fusitu’a, Konrad Hurrell, Ngani Laumape, Manu Vatuvei, Chad Townsend, Shaun Johnson, Jacob Lillyman, Nathan Friend, Sam Rapira, Jayson Bukuya, Simon Mannering (captain), Sebastine Ikahihifo. Interchange: Feleti Mateo, Suaia Matagi, Charles Gubb, Ben Henry.