Peta Hiku

Hiku's versatility invaluable for the Warriors

Doubt surrounds the availability of fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and halfback Mason Lino heading into Saturday's clash with an in-form South Sydney in Auckland.

Tuivasa-Sheck missed last week's 24-14 win over Parramatta while awaiting the arrival of his first child.

The wait goes on for the skipper, leaving Hiku poised to once again fill the hole at fullback.

If so, Beale would probably start again at centre.

Adding to the backline puzzle is Lino, who has been named to start a third straight game at halfback ahead of the injured Shaun Johnson.

Stat Attack: Hiku solves Warriors' centre problem

Centre has long been a problem position for the Auckland club, particularly finding one who could be relied upon defensively.

Not since Brent Tate left the club in 2012 has there been genuine stability on the right edge.

But ask Shaun Johnson and he'll tell you that void has finally been filled by Hiku, a Warriors junior who rejoined the club this season after five seasons in the NRL with Manly and Penrith and a brief stint in England.

"Collectively that right edge have done an awesome job so far this year and Peta has been a rock there for us," he said.

Hiku Penrith's latest winger to go down

With Josh Mansour and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak already ruled out for the opening stages of the season, Hiku played on in Saturday's loss to St George Illawarra despite copping a huge bump to the face early.

However it was revealed to be a fracture on Monday, and club doctors have ruled him out for a month.