Warriors name team for Sharks; coach gets concession over referee mistakes

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 14 Jul 2020, 8:02PM
Todd Payten. (Photo / Photosport)

Warriors name team for Sharks; coach gets concession over referee mistakes

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 14 Jul 2020, 8:02PM

Half Kodi Nikorima and second-rower Eli Katoa have been named to return from injury for the Warriors for Sunday's NRL match against the Sharks.

Nikorima missed the loss to the Titans with a head knock, while Katoa's sat out the last three with an ankle injury.

That sees Chanel Harris-Tavita and Jack Murchie have move to the extended bench, with the rest of the line-up unchanged.

Utility back Peta Hiku has been fined $550 after taking an early guilty plea for tripping in his side's loss to the Titans.

Meanwhile, coach Todd Payten has had to endure a frustrating admission by the NRL's referees boss.

The Warriors head coach had correspondence with the boss Bernard Sutton after his side's 16-12 loss to the Titans, where the Warriors received no penalties.

Payten told D'Arcy Waldegrave he was told four calls in the game were incorrect, which had a huge bearing on the game.

"Which infuriates me and embarrasses me as a coach that we are still having this happen in our game.

I've tried not to spend too much energy on it during the week, I addressed it with the refereeing boss who got a piece of my mind." 

Listen to Todd Payten talk with D'Arcy Waldegrave above