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Warrior Inu to play centres against Tigers

13/09/2011 02:43:02 PM Comments (0)

Krisnan Inu has been called into the Warriors side and will play at centre in Friday night's elimination final against Wests Tigers at the Sydney Football Stadium.

Inu played plenty of centre at former club Parramatta, but has only played one match in the position since moving to Auckland this season.

The former New Zealand international will likely match-up against in-form Tiger Blake Ayshford, and have under-siege Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei playing on his outside.

Inu was dropped from the side before the opening week of the finals, but has been recalled for Joel Moon, who dislocated his ankle in last Saturday's loss to Brisbane.

The 24-year-old Inu featured regularly through to the middle part of the season, before slipping out of the team after playing his only match at centre in round 15 against North Queensland.

He filled in for an injured Vatuvei on the wing in rounds 25 and 26 of the regular season, before he was overlooked for the Suncorp Stadium playoff.

Inu has previous finals experience, having appeared in two of Parramatta's matches in their 2009 campaign, including the grand final loss to Melbourne.

He will be partnered in the centres by Lewis Brown, a late inclusion in the position for the Warriors' past two matches against the Cowboys and the Broncos.

Brown came in for the experienced Shaun Berrigan, who has been troubled by a hip injury picked up in the round 25 loss to St George Illawarra.

The Warriors earned a second life in the finals as one of the two highest-placed losers after the top four teams all won their contests last weekend. They face a Wests Tigers side coming off a 21-12 win over the 2010 premiership-winning Dragons.

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