Matulino named on Warriors bench

first_imgThe senior prop has missed the early stages of the season following knee surgery.The Warriors head to Melbourne with a three win and four loss record after the seventh round 20-8 loss to the Raiders at the weekend.Warriors coach Stephen Kearny says Matulino has been making good progress since returning to full training and should be ready to play soon.Matulino’s inclusion on the bench is the only change from the 21-man squad initially named for last Saturday’s clash against Canberra.When the 28 year old does make it onto the field again he will join a handful of players who have appeared across 10 NRL seasons for the Warriors – Stacey Jones, Awen Guttenbeil, Lance Hohaia, Jerome Ropati, Manu Vatuvei, Simon Mannering and Sam Rapira.Next Tuesday’s encounter will be the eighth Anzac Day match between the Storm and the Warriors since the fixture was first introduced in 2009.WARRIORS1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK (c)2 BLAKE AYSHFORD3 DAVID FUSITU’A4 SOLOMONE KATA5 KEN MAUMALO6 KIERAN FORAN7 SHAUN JOHNSON8 JAMES GAVET9 ISSAC LUKE10 JACOB LILLYMAN11 BODENE THOMPSON12 RYAN HOFFMAN13 SIMON MANNERINGInterchange:14 NATHANIEL ROACHE15 CHARLIE GUBB16 LIGI SAO17 SAM LISONE18 BEN MATULINO20 BUNTY AFOA21 MAFOA’AEATA HINGANO22 MASON LINOlast_img