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Key players return for Warriors game

13/07/2010 04:01:23 PM Comments (0)

The Warriors welcome back four key players for Saturday night's NRL match with Melbourne Storm in Auckland.

Lance Hohaia, Kevin Locke, Brent Tate and Brett Seymour have all been cleared to return from injury for the 19th-round match.

After missing the wins over Parramatta and Penrith with a groin complaint, Hohaia slots back into his regular spot at fullback with Jerome Ropati reverting to the centres.

Stand-in centre Lewis Brown returns to his starting backrower's role.

Tate, who has missed the last four matches with a broken jaw, is back in the centres for Joel Moon.

He pairs up again with Locke, sidelined for the wins over the Eels and the Panthers after colliding with a goalpost while scoring the match-winning try against the Sydney Roosters in Christchurch on June 27.

Halfback Seymour has recovered from a leg fracture to make his fifth appearance for the club, joining James Maloney in the halves.

Seymour missed seven games after breaking his thumb in the opening round of the season and has been out for another five matches since breaking his leg against Wests Tigers on May 28.

Winger Bill Tupou (hand) and Isaac John (knee) were not considered this week after picking up injuries in Sunday's 12-6 win over Penrith.

"It's obviously a boost being able to bring back experienced players like Lance, Brent and Brett but it was also a really difficult side to select for this match because the team has been going well lately," Warriors coach Ivan Cleary said.

With Hohaia, Locke, Tate, Seymour and Lillyman playing this weekend, Kiwi prop Sam Rapira is the only senior player still on the casualty list. Cleary said it was hoped Rapira would be fully recovered from his knee injury in two weeks.

The Warriors go into this weekend's match sixth on the points table after winning their last four matches against Newcastle (32-24), the Sydney Roosters (20-18), Parramatta (35-6) and Penrith (12-6), the first time the club has had a four-match winning streak since late in their 2008 campaign.

But Cleary is wary, expecting a desperate Storm side following a run of four losses in their last five matches.

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