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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

Mateos Warrior role yet to be decided

Two matches out from the season opener, Warriors coach Ivan Cleary has no clearly defined role for star recruit Feleti Mateo, or at least that’s how he’s letting on. Cleary is a cool customer. He keeps his cards close to his chest. Very rarely does he openly disclose plans. He’s also a conservative. Take last year’s predominant halves pairing, Brett Seymour and James Maloney. They were solid – not spectacular, directing the ship while providing a level of comfort. Maloney was the standout Melbourne Storm rookie; Seymour the Cronulla Sharks, Brisbane Broncos bad boy who was curtailed by injury, during which time Isaac John staked a claim in reviving the 2010 season. Cleary now has options. Mateo is not the sort of player restricted with a positional label. He’s an out of the ordinary product whose ability lies in the back-row and five-eight; threatening the line both in the middle and on the edge. 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.

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.

Warriors welcome three back to the fold

The New Zealand Warriors welcome back three key players for Sunday’s NRL match against the St George Illawarra but have been set back by injury again, with halfback Brett Seymour ruled out for a month. While loose forward Micheal Luck, half James Maloney and winger Manu Vatuvei return – the latter for his 100th NRL match – the Warriors will be missing Seymour for the match in Auckland after he was diagnosed with a leg fracture. Only three games into a comeback from a broken thumb, Seymour now faces four weeks on the sideline after scans revealed he has a small fracture at the top of the fibula in his left leg. Maloney will take Seymour’s spot at halfback while Isaac John will make his first NRL appearance of the year, at five-eighth.

Warriors almost back to full strength

Captain Simon Mannering, winger Manu Vatuvei and halfback Brett Seymour have been named along with debutant prop Mataupu Poching for the New Zealand Warriors’ National Rugby League (NRL) match against North Queensland in Auckland on Saturday. Mannering and Vatuvei have had restricted game time this season because of hamstring injuries while Seymour has been out of action with a broken thumb since his club debut against Gold Coast in the opening round. “We’ve been waiting patiently for Simon, Manu and Brett to return and it’s a great boost for us to have them back straight after the bye round,” coach Ivan Cleary said today. “All three are obviously hugely important to the side for a whole range of reasons. We’ve had to battle through recently without them but at last we have some better news in terms of our injured players.” Poching has been named to team up with Kiwis prop Sam Rapira in the starting front row while the other change in the packs sees Mannering replace Lewis Brown, with Ben Matulino moving to the interchange bench. With Seymour restored at halfback, James Maloney replaces Joel Moon at standoff and Kevin Locke comes in on the right wing for Patrick Ah Van, who has a broken jaw and is expected to be out of action for four weeks.

Ah Van back for reshuffled Warriors backline

Back Patrick Ah Van will make his first National Rugby League (NRL) appearance of the season for the New Zealand Warriors on Saturday night in a reshuffled backline. The Warriors face Canberra in Auckland and coach Ivan Cleary today named Ah Van on one wing, allowing Brent Tate to revert to his usual spot at centre. Utility Lance Hohaia moves from five-eighth to fullback in place of Wade McKinnon, who drops to a five-man bench, while Joel Moon shifts from centre to the No 6 jersey. There is also a forced change in the starting forward pack, with Ben Matulino replacing Jacob Lillyman, who lasted only 16 minutes of the 6-40 loss to Melbourne on Sunday. Lillyman has been diagnosed with a foot fracture, which will leave him sidelined for six to eight weeks, and he joins an injury list that already includes other frontliners in Simon Mannering, Steve Price, Brett Seymour and Manu Vatuvei.

Warriors injury update

The Warriors high injury count this season has seen their conditioning staff analyse their approach. Team doctor John Mayhew says they have done plenty of self analysis and found that most of the injuries were just bad luck. The Warriors have, however, finally had some good news. Lewis Brown is fit for selection this weekend after an x-ray cleared him of a fracture in his foot. Michael Luck will also return, Manu Vatuvei is still two weeks away, while Simon Mannering and Brett Seymour will take a week longer. Former captain Steve Price has just resumed running, but is still several weeks away from returning.

Editors Note: So much for my Steve Price theory!

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.

Warriors prognosis uncertain

The Warriors are returning from Brisbane buoyant from victory, but uncertain how long captain Simon Mannering and winger Manu Vatuvei will be out of action. Both players left the field with hamstring injuries during the first half of the 48-16 win over the Broncos. Team doctor John Mayhew says both players will be out for at least the next round, but it is too early to tell when they could be back. The club is already without playmaker Brett Seymour and former captain Steve Price.