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Warriors trio debut

Warriors coach Ivan Cleary will hand 20-year-old Glen Fisiiahi his NRL debut against the Parramatta Eels at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday night. Joining Fisiiahi in their first appearances for their new club are experienced new signings Feleti Mateo and Shaun Berrigan, with Mateo named in the second row against his former team-mates, while ex-Brisbane utility Berrigan has been picked on the interchange bench. The match will be the first Warriors home game in Auckland played away from Mt Smart Stadium since the club was formed in 1995. Fisiiahi, new signing Krisnan Inu, Kevin Locke and Bill Tupou were all in contention for the right winger’s spot throughout last month’s trial matches, with Fisiiahi ultimately rewarded for his form just months after excelling for the Junior Warriors when they won the 2010 NYC grand final. Continue reading

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Where’s Willie ?

Willie Mason ($178,100 FRF/2RF) trial debut for the North Queensland has almost gone unnoticed except for his hulking frame and applause from the run on. Competing in the first half of the victory over the Queensland Cup team the Northern Pride, Mason failed to have an impact early dropping a couple of balls and generally being avoided by the Prides offence. A couple of hit ups in the second half against the Warriors gave Coach Neil Henry and DT Coaches an indication of what Mason might be capable of this season for the Cowboys. Playing under testing conditions, strong defence coupled with handling errors kept the scores tight for most of the match until late in the second half when the Warriors ran away with three tries to seal the win. “Credit to the Warriors. They seemed to have a bit more cohesion in their attack,” Henry said.”We were a bit disappointing with our attack.” The Cowboys were missing Jonathan Thurston ($268,600 HLV) a late withdrawal with hamstring tightness although Ray Thompson (Not Listed), Grant Rovelli ($159,500 HLV) and Aaron Payne ($237,500 HOK) all showed spark when in the role. Warriors mentor Ivan Cleary was also pleased with his sides pre season form, “A lot of players are playing well at this stage which is a pretty good sign. “I thought we got better as the game went on in terms of our direction and the way we wanted to play. Defensively, we were pretty strong.” Cleary also mentioned that Queensland Origin Star Brent Tate ($148,900 CTW) will more than likely make his return from injury next Saturday in Auckland.

NZ WARRIORS 28 (L Hohaia 2 A Heremaia P Ah Van B Tupou tries B Seymour K Locke R Packer S Johnson goals) bt NORTH QUEENSLAND 6 (O Geia try J Williams goal) at Barlow Park, Cairns.

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.

Mannering hopes for a trial run

A hamstring injury to Warriors captain Simon Mannering ($245,00 2RF) forced him to watch from the sidelines last weekend when the Warriors defeated the Sydney City Roosters 26-8 in a trial game in Rotorua. Mannering stated he will be back training this week and is looking to the Manly trial match at North harbour Stadium on February 27 as his first run for the season. The other injury concern for the Warriors Ian Henderson ($230,500 HOK) unfortunately won’t be as lucky, with a knee injury expected to keep him sidelined until at least round 2. Mannering said he was happy with the match on the weekend and was especially pleased with under 20’s players including Shaun Johnson($73,600 HLV), Alehana Mara (Not Listed) and wing Bill Tupou (Not Listed) displaying that the Warriors depth this year will not be an issue.