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Veteran fullback Lance Hohaia and skipper Simon Mannering make their first appearances as the Warriors roll out their strongest team, excluding Sam Rapira and Manu Vatuvei, in the fourth and final trial on Saturday. A scan cleared senior prop Rapira of structural damage to his heavily strapped wrist, which he injured while captaining the 30-0 win over Queensland Cup side Burleigh in Whangarei, the club’s third trial success last weekend. “He won’t play this week but he should be fine,” relieved coach Ivan Cleary said of his No.1 front-rower, who missed a large chunk of last season with a busted knee. Strike weapon Vatuvei will likely be preserved from a Manly Sea Eagles battering at North Harbour Stadium after pulling up ‘sore’ at training on Tuesday. That’s handy, as Cleary can test out undecided finishers. Continue reading


Warriors worry the Eels

Three second-half tries saw the Warriors beat Parramatta 24-4 in Saturday’s NRL trial match at Rotorua’s International Stadium on Saturday. Tries to Manu Vatuvei and new signing, former Eel, Krisnan Inu gave the Warriors a narrow 8-4 halftime lead, with second rower Taniera Lasalo crossing to pull one back for the Eels. Rookie Warrior Glen Fisiiahi impressed with a brace of tries in the second half, Lewis Brown scoring the last to give Ivan Cleary’s side an encouraging 20-point win. The Warriors were without James Maloney, out through illness, with Isaac John called in as a late replacement to partner former Junior Warriors captain Elijah Taylor in the halves. Continue reading

Henderson in doubt for Warriors

Hooker Ian Henderson will be given every chance to recover from an ankle injury before the Warriors NRL clash against Manly at Brookvale Oval on Saturday night. Henderson left the field injured late in the Warriors’ 22-10 win over Newcastle at Mt Smart Stadium last Sunday but was on Tuesday named in an unchanged squad for the Sea Eagles match. “He’s probably a doubtful starter at this stage but we haven’t ruled him out of being able to take his place in the side,” said coach Ivan Cleary. Henderson has started at hooker in recent matches, with Aaron Heremaia being injected at dummy half from the interchange bench.

The NZ Warriors is the other team to share the bye in round 14 with the Rooster. After round 7 I reviewed Michael Luck (2RF) @ $278,100.00 (42.70), Aaron Heremaia (HOK/Half) @ $174,600.00 (31.85) and Sam RAPIRA (FRF) @ $257,300.00 (40.30).  I’ll review those players again but there isn’t much else worth looking at across the ditch. 

 Michael Luck (2RF) @ $278,100.00, averaging 42.70.  Luck has played 5 games since round 7 with scores of 41, 39, 51, 38 and 38 and has now lost $57,300.00 from his starting price.  The good things are he has made 406 tackles in 10 games and only lost 34 in mistakes, 9 in the last 4 games.  The bad things are tackling is about all he does with only 56 points coming from two other areas.  If he doesn’t get 46 in his next game he will drop in value again.   There is nothing more I can add. Continue reading

The Warriors have their first bye in round 9 along with 7 other clubs.  Apart from the Raiders, the rest of the teams from the round 9 bye have their second bye in either round 14 or 17, sharing the bye round with 5 other teams.

 The round 15 bye for the Warriors is shared with the Roosters.  If you haven’t got anyone from the Warriors before the round 9 bye you might want to consider picking up one or two to limit the damage of the round 11 and round 14 byes.  The beauty of the Warriors is, while they have test players they are not going to be hit hard with SOO. Continue reading

Hi Ho, Hi Ho it’s off to Cairns Lance goes!

Lance Hohaia ($218,500 HLV), Sam Rapira ($234,400 FRF) and Jerome Ropati ($173,100 CTW)- Warriors star trio will get a start this weekend when they meet the NQ Cowboys in Cairns on Saturday. All three missed out for a run last week against the Roosters in Rotorua, but Ivan Cleary confirmed they will run on in some stage through the match. Other starters that won’t see a run this weekend are captain Simon Mannering ($245,000 2RF), prop Steve Price ($271,400 FRF) and centre Brent Tate ($148,900 CTW) have again been left out while winger Manu Vatuvei ($141,300 CTW) will also miss the match. 2009 Junior Warriors — Shaun Johnson (73,600 HLV), Sione Lousi (Not Listed), Alehana Mara (Not Listed) and Bill Tupou (Not Listed)– who all impressed against the Roosters will get another shot to impress Coach Cleary this weekend also. Michael Luck ($335,400 2RF) is also named to start in the trial returning to the field where he made his NRL debut with the NQ Cowboys in 2001. Starting hooker Ian Henderson ($230,500 HOK) will also miss the trial with a knee injury sidelinging him for a few weeks, Hohaia, Aaron Heremaia ($130,400 HLV/HOK) and Mara providing extra options in the dummy half role. The squad is as listed –

Patrick Ah Van, Lewis Brown, Aaron Heremaia, Lance Hohaia, Shaun Johnson, Jeremy Latimore, Jacob Lillyman, Kevin Locke, Sione Lousi, Micheal Luck, Wade McKinnon, James Maloney, Alehana Mara, Ben Matulino, Joel Moon, Russell Packer, Sam Rapira, Jerome Ropati, Jesse Royal, Brett Seymour, Bill Tupou.