31 Aug 2011

Changes for Warriors final regular season match

6:11 am on 31 August 2011

Hooker Alehana Mara and back rower Ukuma Ta'ai have been called in to the Warriors last match of the National Rugby League regular season against North Queensland at Mount Smart Stadium on Saturday night.

Mara comes in for regular hooker Aaron Heremaia, who has been ruled out for up to two games with a hand injury, while Ta'ai returns from a two-match suspension replacing Elijah Taylor on the interchange bench.

Sam Rapira will start in the front row with Russell Packer on the bench.

While both teams are confirmed in the top eight playoffs, the match is still crucial to each side's play offs hopes as a win could secure a home game in the opening round of the finals.

The Warriors, are in seventh spot with the North Queensland in fifth place.