Dolphins v Warriors: Bromwich leads the way; Roache, Going to debut

The Dolphins will be eager to finish their debut season with a victory in Round 27, but face a finals-bound Warriors side who haven’t lost in two months.

While the Kiwi side can’t move any higher than their current standing in third, a loss against the Dolphins coupled with a Storm win over the Broncos would see them drop to fourth, so they still have plenty to play for on Saturday.

After holding a team to under 12 points for the first time since Round 20 last Friday against the Dragons, Andrew Webster will be hoping his side have rediscovered their hard edge defensively, as they seek to secure a club record-equaling eighth win in a row.

It’s a very different situation for the Dolphins, who haven’t won since the middle of July and face ending their first season without a win in their final seven games.

While they fought hard in an eventual 34-10 loss to the Cowboys, Wayne Bennett’s men put themselves under far too much pressure by making 13 errors and completing at just 63 percent.

Those stats were off brand for them in 2023, with the Dolphins having committed the fewest errors in the NRL through 26 rounds.

Earlier this year the Warriors came away with a 30-8 win when these two sides met in Auckland, but at Suncorp Stadium the Warriors have lost their last three and five of their previous six.

Team News
Dolphins: A change 24 hours before kick-off with centre Euan Aitken dropping out, his place taken by Valynce Te Whare. Skipper Jesse Bromwich returns from a groin injury to lead the Dolphins in their final game, pushing Jarrod Wallace to the bench. Prop Josh Kerr misses the game through suspension so Max Plath joins the bench.

Warriors: Kalani Going and Paul Roache have been added to the bench on Friday and will make their NRL debut with Jackson Ford being rested and Brayden Wiliame moving to 18th man. Coach Andrew Webster has opted to rest the majority of his frontline stars. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak join Shaun Johnson in sitting out Round 27, which opens the door for Taine Tuaupiki, Ed Kosi and Ronald Volkman to have a run in their preferred positions. Te Maire Martin makes his long-awaited return at five-eighth in place of Luke Metcalf (hamstring). Hooker Wayde Egan is replaced in the starting side by Freddy Lussick, while Mitch Barnett returns from a leg laceration to replace Addin Fonua-Blake at prop. Captain Tohu Harris is out with a back injury, so Dylan Walker starts at lock.

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