Tag Archive: David Williams


Round 1 team list tips

Sydney Roosters star Todd Carney is out of Friday’s NRL season opener against South Sydney at the Sydney Football Stadium. Carney, who has endured a torrid lead-up to the start of the new campaign, following his arrest for drink-driving 10 days ago, has not been named in the Roosters side after failing to recover from January groin surgery. The Dally M Medallist sustained the injury playing for Australia in the Four Nations clash with New Zealand in Auckland in October. Coach Brian Smith named Braith Anasta at five-eighth alongside Mitchell Pearce with Carney expected to be back for the round two clash with Manly. However, the Roosters are boosted by the surprise return of secondrower Mitch Aubusson who had been expected to be sidelined until round four with a shoulder injury. Souths coach John Lang said he had been preparing for Carney to play and believed the troubled playmaker’s off-field problems would have no effect on his game. “He had a great season last year and I see no reason why he won’t pick up where he left off last year,” Lang said. “Often for players, the game and training, if there’s been a few problems that can be a bit of a relief for them rather than another pressure.” Continue reading

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Oldfield ready to face Vatuvei

Manly winger Michael Oldfield made his debut against an all-conquering St George Illawarra side last year but on Saturday he’ll face the ultimate test for an NRL winger. The youngster was named in Des Hasler’s 24-man squad to take on the New Zealand Warriors in Auckland and appears set to take on the most fearsome winger in the game Manu Vatuvei. Oldfield, who impressed in his round 23 debut against the eventual premiers, enjoyed a fruitful Toyota Cup season in which he scored 13 tries. But he has never faced someone like the 190cm, 112kg Vatuvei. “I’ll do my best,” Oldfield said. “Hopefully my centres help me out but I don’t know, I’ll just try to hold onto the bloke … He’s a big boy. Continue reading

Wolfman howls in trial – Twice!

David Williams produced the perfect return from injury, scoring a double in his first game in more than a year in Manly’s 18-0 NRL trial victory over Cronulla. “The Wolfman” opened the scoring with his first touch of the ball on Friday night when he pounced on a pin-point grubber from utility forward Terence Seuseu in the 11th minute. Williams was in again 20 minutes into the second half, capitalising on some good lead-up work from Joe Galuvao to crash over and cap off the dream return. But it was in the 35th minute that Williams’ shoulder overcame its biggest test as he was crunched by two Cronulla enforcers, before bouncing up and high-fiving team-mates. Continue reading

Monday Night Football fallout

Manly’s backline stocks are looking a little thin just one game into the competition with fullback Brett Stewart joining former Tests winger David Williams on the sidelines. Stewart suffered a suspected medial meniscus tear in his left knee after putting his body on the line to stop a rampaging Lote Tuqiri in the dying stages of Wests Tigers’ dramatic 26-22 win over the Sea Eagles on Monday night. He will undergo scans on Tuesday, though the initial prognosis had him out for up to six weeks. “It could be anywhere between three and six weeks. It shouldn’t be (a season-ending injury) but we’ll have to look at the MRI.” Williams failed to even make it to round one after going down on match eve, when he suffered a dislocated collarbone at training. The powerful winger is expected to be sidelined between six to eight weeks. Compounding the Sea Eagles woes, George Rose, Brent Kite and Keiran Foran were all placed on report for high tackles.

Hodkinson looking For an opportunity

Trent Hodkinson ($84,100 HLV)  is in a two way battle with Kieran Foran ($214,900 HLV) to secure the halback position along side Jamie Lyon ($218,300 HLV), which was vacated by Matt Orford who has moved to England. A former Parramatta low grader, Hodkinson has been training strongly while Foran has been missing due to injury. The pair will have a final trial match against the Warriors in 11 days before coach Des Hasler names his new No.7. Coach Hasler was, as always, playing his cards close to his chest but did not rule out starting both against the Tigers in Round 1. “There is a process we are working through. It’s all about opportunity and they have to step up to the mark. Jamie is an option in the halves but he’s also a handy centre.” Jamie Lyon has played centre at a test level but Manly will have to consider Ben Farrar ($104,100 CTW/HLV) and Steve Matai ($103,900 CTW), Farrar has also played on the wing but again have David Williams ($102,800 CTW) and Michael Robertson ($91,100 CTW) to consider if a reshuffle were to take place.