Des Hasler’s efforts to bring his winless Sea Eagles down from the bottom of the ladder on Friday night received a heavy blow, with Cade Cust ruled out of Manly’s clash against the Warriors.
The exciting utility was sidelined after catching a virus, joining Moses Suli on the strike list after the center injured his back last week.
Morgan Harper will have his first glimpse of top-level football this season in place of Suli, having impressed in the NSW Cup in the opening rounds.
Warriors mainstay Addin Fonua-Blake will not have the much-awaited opportunity to fight with his former club. He was sidelined with a knee injury in a decent blow for the Kiwis.