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The Warriors "host" North Queensland on the Central Coast after falling to earth with a thud last round.

Having earned praise for their 18-0 shutout of St George Illawarra a week earlier, the New Zealand club failed to trouble the scorers in a 26-point loss to Penrith last Friday.

The Cowboys were also given a reality check of sorts, producing an error-riddled display in a defeat to Cronulla after thrashing the Titans in round three.

The Rundown

Team News

Warriors: Peta Hiku will start at centre for Hayze Perham with Angatius Paasi dropping out of the reserves list on Thursday. Lachlan Burr replaces Isaiah Papali'i in the starting pack in the Warriors' other change. Papali'i and Chanel Harris-Tavita were omitted an hour before kick-off. The Warriors have won only two of their past 13 games against the Cowboys in Australia.

Cowboys: The Cowboys announced on Thursday that Jason Taumalolo would be part of the team to face the Warriors. The Tonga representative missed round four due to bone bruising on his knee. Taumalolo will play lock with Josh McGuire shifting to prop and Francis Molo going to the bench. Ben Hampton, Jake Granville and John Asiata are out, with Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow debuting on the wing, Reece Robson at hooker, Coen Hess in the second row and Gavin Cooper moving to the bench.

Reuben Cotter joins the interchange. Corey Jensen and Peter Hola were omitted from the extended squad 24 hours before kick-off and Shane Wright and Tom Opacic were cut an hour before game time. Cowboys winger Kyle Feldt has scored nine tries in six games against the Warriors.

Key Match-Up

It's always exciting when two top-line fullbacks clash, and we're in for a treat with Roger Tuivasa-Sheck up against Valentine Holmes. Warriors captain RTS is a model of consistency, while Holmes has shown glimpses of his brilliant best upon returning to the NRL.