NRL: Warriors lose Ken Maumalo for Penrith Panthers clash
5 June, 2020, 12:10 pm
The Warriors have suffered a late injury blow ahead of Friday night’s clash against the Panthers after Ken Maumalo was ruled out.
The powerful winger picked up a hamstring injury at training on Wednesday, with Adam Pompey called up to take his place for the clash at Campbelltown Stadium in Sydney.
It will be Pompey’s second game for the club this season and seventh in total after the 22-year-old made his NRL debut last year.
Maumalo is the second outside back to be ruled out alongside Peta Hiku (ribs) following last week’s win over the Dragons, while fellow centre David Fusitu’a remains unavailable due to his late arrival in Australia.
As a result, coach Stephen Kearney has been forced to name back-up dummy-half Karl Lawton at centre.
Prop Agnatius Paasi is also missing from the lineup that overpowered the Dragons due to suspension, with Roosters loan player Poasa Faamausili filling his spot on the bench.
The Panthers are unbeaten this season with two wins followed by last week’s draw against Newcastle, but are without star halfback Nathan Cleary as he completes a two-match suspension.
Panthers: Caleb Aekins, Josh Mansour, Dean Whare, Stephen Crichton, Brian To’o, Matt Burton, Jarome Luai, James Tamou (c), Apisai Koroisau, James Fisher-Harris, Viliame Kikau, Kurt Capewell, Isaah Yeo. Interchange (from): Brent Naden, Billy Burns, Jack Hetherington, Charlie Staines.
Warriors: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Patrick Herbert, Karl Lawton, Gerard Beale, Adam Pompey, Kodi Nikorima, Blake Green, Jamayne Taumoa-Brown, Wayde Egan, Adam Blair, Eliesa Katoa, Tohu Harris, Isaiah Papali’i. Interchange (from): Jack Murchie, Poasa Faamausili, King Vuniyayawa, Josh Curran, Chanel Harris-Tavita, Hayze Perham