22 Apr 2016

Lolohea gets nod to replace injured Tuivasa-Scheck

9:31 pm on 22 April 2016

The young Warriors player Tuimoala Lolohea will take over at fullback for Monday night's National Rugby League match at Melbourne following the season-ending injury to Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

Wing Manu Vatuvei is back in the side after a couple of weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring complaint while Thomas Leuluai has been named in the halves in his first start in almost a year following a serious knee injury.

Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei

Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei Photo: Photosport

Vatuvei, just two short of 150 career tries, will make his fifth appearance of the season in the Anzac Day match.

The 30-year-old 214-game veteran's last outing was the 32-28 golden point win over the Sydney Roosters on April 3rd.

The 21-year old Lolohea takes over at fullback for Tuivasa-Sheck, whose first season with the club has been ended after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee early in Saturday night's 24-20 win over the Bulldogs in Wellington.

Tuimoala Lolohea will replace Roger Tuivasa-Scheck at fullback for the Warriors.

Tuimoala Lolohea will replace Roger Tuivasa-Scheck at fullback for the Warriors. Photo: Photosport

Leuluai starts his first game in almost a year after coming on to play 64 minutes at halfback following Tuivasa-Sheck's 16th-minute exit at Westpac Stadium.

With Vatuvei back, utility Jonathan Wright moves to the bench alongside forwards Jacob Lillyman, Charlie Gubb and Ligi Sao.

"It's great having Manu back after a couple of weeks out," said coach Andrew McFadden.

"He's obviously a hugely important player for us who brings so much to the team.

"While we were delighted to get the result against the Bulldogs, it has certainly been a tough week for the club after losing Roger for the season.

"At the same time we have to move forward now with a massive challenge coming up against the Storm. They showed again how difficult they are to break down with the way they came back to beat Wests Tigers on Monday but we're always excited to play them."

The match marks the return of the Anzac Day tradition for the two sides after it was temporarily shelved last season when the NRL marked the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings with five back-to-back Anzac Day matches in Auckland, Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

The Warriors go into the match with three wins in their last four matches in 11th place but level on points with eighth-placed South Sydney.

The Storm are fifth on 10 points with two wins and two losses in their last four games.