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Warriors v Wests Tigers: RTS unleashed; Leiluas at the double

Two clubs who missed the finals last year go head-to-head in their final trial match with similar questions around the make-up of their round one team needing to be answered.

Wests Tigers travel to Rotorua in New Zealand to meet the Warriors on Sunday afternoon with Michael Maguire indicating he'll take a 23-man squad with the intention to cut six players before round one.

The joint venture were solid in their opening 40 minutes against Penrith but Maguire was far from happy with the second half, where they conceded 28 points.

Warriors coach Stephen Kearney opted to rest 10 of his squad members last start following their Nines campaign but they'll go in with close to their strongest available squad this weekend.

The Rundown

Team news

Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c) 2. Patrick Herbert 3. Hayze Perham 4. David Fusitu'a 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Blake Green 8. Leeson Ah Mau 9. Wayde Egan 10. Agnatius Paasi 11. Adam Blair 12. Tohu Harris 13. Isaiah Papali'i. Interchange: 14. Chanel Harris-Tavita 15. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 16. Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard 17. Karl Lawton 18. Paul Turner 20. Taane Milne 21. Josh Curran 24. Peta Hiku 25. Lachlan Burr 26. Eliesa Katoa 27. Edward Kosi 28. Leivaha Pulu

Tohu Harris will play his first game since June, while Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Blake Green and Peta Hiku have also been chosen. Kodi Nikorima appears to have his neck in front to start in the halves in round one, with Chanel Harris-Tavita to come from the bench. Train-and-trialist and Indigenous All stars forward Jamayne Taunoa-Brown has nabbed an interchange place amid a prop shortage. 

Wests Tigers: 1. Corey Thompson, 2. David Nofoaluma, 3. Joseph Leilua, 4. Moses Mbye (c), 5. Robert Jennings, 6. Benji Marshall (c), 7. Luke Brooks, 
8. Thomas Mikaele, 9. Billy Walters, 10. Alex Twal, 11. Luke Garner, 12. Luciano Leilua, 13. Josh Aloiai. Interchange: 14. Michael Chee Kam, 15. Josh Reynolds, 16. Adam Doueihi, 17. Oliver Clark, 18. Chris Lawrence, 19. Alex Seyfarth, 20. Chris McQueen, 21. Zane Musgrove, 22. Tommy Talau, 23. Elijah Taylor.

Co-captains Moses Mbye and Benji Marshall line up for their first games of 2020 alongside new recruit Joey Leilua, who will play on the right edge alongside his brother Luciano. The hooking role has gone to Billy Walters, with Josh Reynolds coming off the bench. After Adam Doueihi featured in the No.1 jersey in last week's trial, Corey Thompson will start at fullback this week with Doueihi named as part of an extended 10-man interchange list. Centre Paul Momirovski (ankle) won't play but is on track for a round one return..

The big question

Warriors: Can the Warriors find another prop willing to step up? After losing Bunty Afoa and Jackson Frei for the season and Sam Lisone to the Titans, suddenly their front-row stocks have plummeted. Former Storm prop Jamayne Taunoa-Brown was solid in his Indigenous All Stars debut last week and could be the man to fill the void.  

Wests Tigers: Can Corey Thompson stake a claim while Adam Doueihi is on the bench? The former Rabbitoh has the inside running on the fullback gig but it's the ever reliable Thompson who gets first crack on Saturday night. The final make-up of Michael Maguire's backline and hooker spot is likely to hinge on this game.