13 May 2015

Peyroux in for Hurrell in Warriors lineup

6:28 am on 13 May 2015

Dominique Peyroux will start in the centres for the suspended Konrad Hurrell in the New Zealand Warriors' 10th-round National Rugby League game at Parramatta on Saturday.

The Warriors back Dominique Peyroux in action.

The Warriors back Dominique Peyroux in action. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Hurrell is unavailable for the next three games after the Warriors decided not to contest the grade three dangerous contact offence he was charged with after his collision with Cronulla forward Anthony Tupou on Saturday night.

His absence has opened the way for utility Peyroux to come into the centres on the right edge.

Warriors assistant coach Andrew Webster says Dom has been doing a job for them on the bench and has worked for an opportunity like this, they're not going to have Konrad for a few weeks now so this is a big chance for Dom.

Called onto the bench for his 43rd NRL appearance and his first this season is utility forward SioneLousi while record try scorer Manu Vatuvei has been named on the left wing in the hope he will recover from the sternum injury which forced him off the field in last Saturday night's clash against Cronulla.

The rest of the side is unchanged from the line-up which beat the Sharks 20-16 with the same starting pack named for the ninth consecutive match this season.

Wing Jonathan Wright will make his 100th career appearance.

In his 99th appearance last week Wright had the satisfaction of scoring a try - his third in as many weeks - and celebrating victory against his previous club. Now he is preparing for his 100th at his original NRL club, having made his debut for the Eels in 2009.

Milestones are also in view for prop Jacob Lillyman, who is five short of his 200th career game, while second rower Bodene Thompson makes his 95th appearance this week and halfback Shaun Johnson his 93rd. With his remarkable match-winning try and two goals against Cronulla Johnson is now only 25 points short of reaching 500 in his career.

The Warriors climbed into the top eight with their fourth win of the season last week - their second away victory - and sit eighth on eight points. The Eels are only two points back but lie 15th on the ladder having lost their last two matches 10-28 to the Storm and 16-28 to the Broncos. Just two points covers the 10 teams from seventh (the Roosters) to last (Manly).

The Warriors have a bye in the 11th round before facing Newcastle on May 31st in their first match at Mount Smart Stadium in more than a month.

WARRIORS

1 TUIMOALA LOLOHEA

2 JONATHAN WRIGHT

3 DOMINIQUE PEYROUX

4 SOLOMONE KATA

5 MANU VATUVEI

6 CHAD TOWNSEND

7 SHAUN JOHNSON

8 JACOB LILLYMAN

9 THOMAS LEULUAI

10 BEN MATULINO

11 BODENE THOMPSON

12 RYAN HOFFMAN

13 SIMON MANNERING (c)

Interchange:

14 NATHAN FRIEND

15 SIONE LOUSI

16 SAM LISONE

17 ALBERT VETE

18 RAYMOND FAITALA-MARINER

HEAD COACH: ANDREW McFADDEN

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