Vodafone Warriors head coach Tony Kemp has predictably stayed with his winning combination for Saturday night�s NRL clash against North Queensland. The same 17 used in the memorable 30-18 win over Brisbane will travel to Townsville on Thursday morning with winger Todd Byrne returning from a one-week lay-off as 18th man. �It was an easy decision after the way we performed against the Broncos,� said Kemp today. �Every player in the squad contributed to one of the club�s best wins.� Byrne missed the match with a slight neck injury, allowing Manu Vatuvei to take his position against the Broncos. �Todd�s fine now and it was always expected he�d come straight back into the squad after a week�s recovery,� said Kemp. He said the job for the players now was to re-focus on what was needed if the club is to make the finals for the fourth time in five years. �While we�ve all enjoyed what happened at Ericsson Stadium last Sunday, the requirements change now. �This match against the Cowboys is vital for us. They�re missing several players who have been picked in the Queensland State of Origin side but we haven�t won in Townsville since 2002. �To win we have to work on maintaining and sustaining the consistency we showed in all parts of our game against Brisbane.� The Townsville match enables vice-captain Monty Betham to edge closer to the 100-game milestone when he makes his 94th NRL appearance. The Cowboys lie fifth on the points table with 20 points, four ahead of the 11th-placed Vodafone Warriors, who have won four of their last six matches.
1 BRENT WEBB 2 FRANCIS MELI 3 CLINTONTOOPI 4 JEROME ROPATI 5 MANU VATUVEI 6 NATHAN FIEN 7 STACEY JONES (C) 8 RUBEN WIKI 9 LANCE HOHAIA 10 IAFETA PALEAAESINA 11 AWEN GUTTENBEIL 12 WAIRANGI KOOPU 13 SIONE FAUMUINA
14 RICHARD VILLASANTI 15 KARL TEMATA 16 MONTY BETHAM 17 SIMON MANNERING 18th MAN: TODD BYRNE