Warriors unchanged for Rabbitohs clash

The Warriors have named the same 17 from their last-start win over the Titans for their Round 23 Telstra Premiership clash with the Rabbitohs at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday.

Jazz Tevaga will again deputise at hooker for the injured Issac Luke, with Nathaniel Roache named to come off the bench as he did in the Warriors' Round 22 win over Gold Coast.

The two 20-year-old 2016 rookies had 40 minutes each on the field against the Titans, making a combined total of 59 tackles with no misses and no ineffective tackles.

"We defended really well as a team against the Titans and Jazz and Nate definitely contributed at a high level," Warriors coach Andrew McFadden said.

"We had a lot of confidence going into the game that they could do the job.

"It was a little different to the way we've been playing but it's great that we can call on anyone and they go out there and do it."

Tuimoala Lolohea continues his run at fullback and Bunty Afoa has been named on an extended bench.

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Warriors

1 Tuimoala Lolohea
2 Ken Maumalo
3 David Fusitua
4 Solomone Kata
5 Manu Vatuvei
6 Thomas Leuluai
7 Shaun Johnson
8 Jacob Lillyman
9 Jazz Tevaga
10 Albert Vete
11 Bodene Thompson
12 Ryan Hoffman
13 Simon Mannering
Interchange:
14 Nathaniel Roache
15 Sam Lisone
16 Ben Matulino
17 Blake Ayshford
18 Bunty Afoa