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Hohaia back at fullback for Panthers mat

06/07/2010 04:49:31 PM Comments (0)

The Warriors will have Lance Hohaia back at fullback for Sunday's NRL match against the table-topping Penrith Panthers in Sydney.

Hohaia was a late withdrawal with a groin injury from last Sunday's home match with the Parramatta Eels.

The squad is the same as the one originally named for the Parramatta match and Jerome Ropati who stood in for Hohaia at fullback returns to centre.

Lewis Brown, who scored twice in the 35-6 win over the Eels playing at centre, returns to the second row.

The only change comes in the run-on combination where Jesse Royal is this week listed as a starting prop, swapping places with Jeremy Latimore who reverts to a five-man interchange bench.

The Warriors go into the match in eighth spot in good form after winning their last three - against Newcastle (32-24), the Sydney Roosters (20-18) and Parramatta.

However, they will face a Penrith side high on confidence after beating St George Illawarra 12-8 last night to claim a share of the competition lead on 26 points, six ahead of the Warriors.

"The Panthers were very good when they beat us (40-12) in April and they've gone up another level since then," Cleary said.

"Clearly they're one of the form teams in the competition, if not the form team. They've won their last four, including Brisbane, Manly and now the Dragons in their last three.

"Playing them in this form at home is going to be a huge challenge for us."

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