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Cowboys undecided on JTs offsider

Youngsters Ray Thompson and Ben Jones are locked in a battle for the contentious five-eighth spot in the North Queensland Cowboys side to play the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium in a round 1 NRL match on March 11.The Cowboys used six players there last season with Grant Rovelli, now with Mackay, getting the most starts (nine) in the key position. Other players tried at five-eighth were Thompson, Arana Taumata (both four games), Michael Morgan and Matt Bowen (three) and Anthony Watts (one). Taumata has signed with Penrith and Watts with the Sydney Roosters. Thompson will start in the No.6 jumper against Gold Coast Titans in Cairns tomorrow night, with Sydney Roosters signing Jones to come off the bench. Continue reading

JT named for Cowboys trial

In an odd twist, Johnathan Thurston may yet captain North Queensland in their NRL pre-season trial against Gold Coast Titans in Cairns on Saturday night – despite his fate as Cowboys skipper hanging in the balance. The classy halfback was on Tuesday named in a strong Cowboys side to tackle the Titans as speculation swirled over his future as leader. The Cowboys have maintained that a final verdict on Thurston will not be made until just before the official season kick-off against the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on March 11. A player leadership group featuring Matt Scott, Brent Tate, Dallas Johnson and Aaron Payne are believed to have a major say on whether Thurston should remain as skipper in 2011. Adding to the intrigue, Payne stood in for Thurston in the Cowboys’ 26-4 trial loss to the Broncos in Alice Springs last weekend. Curiously there was no captain named for the trial clash against the Titans – but Cowboys football manager Peter Parr said nothing should be read into that. Continue reading

Warriors coach Ivan Cleary is eyeing the return of some heavy artillery to help boost the club’s run to the NRL finals. The Warriors medical staff, have told Cleary that props Sam Rapira and Jacob Lillyman and centre Brent Tate, should all be able to return for the round 19 match against the Melbourne Storm, but he says he usually takes the predictions with a grain of salt. “Personally I’ve almost got over that really. I’m not even worrying about the guys coming back. Obviously, pushing the medical department a bit and making sure they’re doing everything they can to get them back as quick as they can.” Cleary says halfback Brett Seymour should also return at some stage close to round 19.

Tate saddles up with the Cowboys

Being a Cowboys supporter we need all the good news we can get, with that in mind I thought I would report here at the NEX the latest to put pen to paper for season 2011. Former Test and Origin centre Brent Tate is to leave the New Zealand Warriors to play for North Queensland on a three-year NRL deal from next season. Tate, 28, said he’d turned down a big offer from the Warriors to stay in Auckland beyond 2010 and made his decision to move to Townsville for family reasons. “I have a huge attachment to the Warriors,” said Tate. “It’s a great club to be part of and I love being here and that why it’s been the toughest decision I have ever had to make.” “It was about a family choice to return to Australia and also about me considering my options post-football.”

Warriors move Moon to centres

Joel Moon returns to the centres to replace the injured Brent Tate for the New Zealand Warriors’ 14th round National Rugby League (NRL) match against Newcastle at Energy Australia Stadium on Sunday. Tate, 28, has been sidelined for four-6 weeks after breaking his jaw just three minutes into last Sunday’s 20-22 loss to St George Illawarra. Moon, 22, was recalled at standoff to replace the injured James Maloney for the loss to Wests Tigers on May 28 before returning to the Auckland Vulcans for their victory over Wentworthville in the New South Wales Cup last Saturday. Now he’s set to make his 10th appearance of the season and his 33rd for the club since arriving in Auckland for the 2009 season. Tate joined a casualty list that still includes Steve Price (heel), Jacob Lillyman (foot), Brett Seymour (leg), Sam Rapira (knee) and Elijah Taylor (knee). Also in the injury ward is utility Patrick Ah Van who, in his first game back from a broken jaw, suffered a knee injury playing for the Vulcans last weekend and is expected to be out of action for two to four weeks.

Brent Tate adds to growing Warriors injury toll

The New Zealand Warriors’ injury woes continued today with centre Brent Tate suffering a broken jaw in their 22-20 defeat to National Rugby League leaders St George Illawarra in Auckland. The former Kangaroo and Queensland State of Origin representative received the injury in a third-minute tackle on second rower Ben Creagh. The tackle jolted the ball free and led to the Warriors opening the scoring via halfback James Maloney. But as Maloney was dotting down, Tate, who missed most of last season because of a knee reconstruction, was still on the ground. He did get up, but after making a couple more tackles, left the field in the 13th minute and was taken to hospital. The Warriors have battled injuries all season, which has reached its midpoint with them in the bottom half of the table. “It just seems like deja vu,” coach Ivan Cleary said Tate’s misfortune.

Warriors receive more bad Luck

Centre Brent Tate has become the Vodafone Warriors’ newest captain after confirmation today that a hand injury had ruled loose forward Micheal Luck out of Saturday night’s fifth-round NRL clash against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium. Team doctor John Mayhew said Luck, who led the Vodafone Warriors against Gold Coast in round one and Manly last Sunday, had broken his right index finger. “He had problems with the hand on Sunday and x-rays after the game confirmed he has a break in the finger,” he said. “He’ll have this week off to give the injury time to settle down.” With Luck out, Ben Matulino moves off the bench to join Lewis Brown in the second row while Lillyman switches to loose forward. Ukuma Ta’ai, who has been playing for the Auckland Vulcans in the New South Wales Cup, will make his first NRL appearance of the season. “We seem to be getting tested on the injury front every week but that’s just the way it goes,” said Cleary. Apart from Luck, Mannering and Price, others still injured include winger Manu Vatuvei, first-choice halfback Brett Seymour, Isaac John, Shaun Johnson and Elijah Taylor.

Tate will decide his own fate.

Warriors centre Brent Tate ($148,900 CTW) believes he will regain the form that resulted in both State and National jerseys when he returns after 11 months on the sideline. It’s taken a little while for the 27 year old to find his groove but he is really looking forward to blowing out the cobwebs against manly in Auckland this Saturday night. His last match was in March of last year from where he suffered a serious knee injury, and a disrupted pre season because of a quad strain has restricted him from running until a fortnight ago. “I’m not expecting in the trial this weekend or in round one to be the player I was before because physically I’m not where I was to be that. It’s going to take a while and it’s about putting small blocks in place and building on that.” He admitted the biggest obstacle at the moment is match fitness “just because I haven’t had the time running around the paddock”. Whilst Tate will take the field, Captain Simon Mannering ($245,000 2RF), Steve Price ($271,400 FRF) and Ian Henderson ($230,500 HOK) will sit this one out because of injury. Price and Henderson are not expected to take the field in Round One of the competition but officials are hopeful Mannering will recover from a hamstring injury in time to take the field. “The biggest danger is probably reinjuring it so we’re going on the cautious route there,” coach Ivan Cleary said of his new skipper.

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.