Tag Archive: Feleti Mateo


Krisnan Inu dropped, Cleary confident in new faces

Warrior fans will today be asking why their $300,000 star signing is this weekend making his regular season debut for the club at Leichhardt Oval in the NSW Cup.The Warriors were also struggling to explain why smiling assassin Krisnan Inu – one of the highest-profile club hoppers in the off-season – was yesterday demoted to play for the Auckland Vulcans against Wentworthville on Saturday. It came as Warriors coach Ivan Cleary alluded to an incident behind closed doors that is understood to have had a negative bearing on the 23-year-old New Zealand international’s chances of winning a spot in the Warriors’ top 17. “He knows what he did and that will stay between us,” Cleary said yesterday. The Warriors mentor refused to comment on the club’s team selection process, but did defend his decision to promote rising star Glen Fisiiahi at Inu and Kevin Locke’s expense. Continue reading

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

Manly 14 – Auckland 12

Brett Stewart has made a successful comeback to rugby league in Manly’s 14-12 pre-season trial win over the New Zealand Warriors at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland. The gifted fullback played 20 minutes against the New Zealand side and declared himself on track to play in his side’s round one NRL match against the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park on March 12. Stewart, returning to the game after consecutive season-ending knee injuries, hadn’t played since the first round of the competition in 2010. The 25 year-old said he “couldn’t be happier” with his cameo appearance and was keen to get some more game time under his belt. A try to fringe second rower Vic Mauro eight minutes from time was enough to give his side the win. The Warriors had led for much of the physical encounter but couldn’t quite close out the match. Continue reading

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

The Parramatta Eels is another side that will have their last bye in round 14 and they too have a few players worth considering to shore up some key positions for the remainder of the season, some bargains and some that maybe look better than they really are.  Here are four players that could fit into those categories.

Nathan Hindmarsh (2RF) @ $368,800.00, averaging 52.20.   Hindmarsh is the Eels, what will they or we coaches do with out him.  He was someone I considered at the start of the season but his price and the talk about his hand injury made me shy away from him.  The starting price of $367,700.00 meant he had to start scoring around 58 points to keep his value.  By round 6 he had dropped in value by $37,000.00 averaging only 46.33 per game.  Since round 6 he has played four games averaging 61.00, increasing his round 6 value by $38,100.00 and regaining all of his starting price with a little extra.  His tackle count of 439 is the second highest in the NRL with a low of 33 in round 2 and a high in round 7 where he pulled of 57 for a score of 71, his highest score of the season while his lowest score was a 41 in round 2.  He is currently the second best Dream Team performer, behind David Stagg.  The things you should know; His current season average of 52.20 makes his market value around $335,000.00.  His average for the last three games is 57.66, which makes his current market value about right.  With the score of 48 in round 11 he will need to score a 64 or better in round 12 to hold his current price.  Continue reading

Dragons and Eels entertain

St George Illawarra held off a spirited fightback by the Parramatta Eels on Sunday at Members Equity Bank Stadium, Perth. 34 – 20 was the final score with the Dragons hitting the ground running in the first 35 minutes with a 16 – 0 lead, it was all the Eels after that running in 4 of the next 5 tries reducing the gap to just 2 points with 13 minutes remaining on the clock, but they were unable to keep the momentum against a strong finishing Dragons, running in another two tries before the full time siren. Both teams squads were a mixture of youth and experience, with both having their respective ‘All Stars’ sidelined. Coaches Daniel Anderson and Steve Price (standing in for Wayne Bennett) took positives out of the match with Jason Nightingale ($94,300 CTW/FB) Nathan Fien ($211,500 HLV / HOK) and Luke Priddis ($149,500 HOK) standing out for the Saints, while Feleti Mateo ($252,600 2RF / HLV), Kris Keating ($190,300 HLV) and Etu Uaisele ($91,100 CTW / FLB) impressed for the Eels. “We had a few young players, I thought it was a like a furnace blast for them,” Eels coach Daniel Anderson said. “We got caught a little bit physically by the size of the Dragons but they got better as the game got on.”