Tag Archive: Isaac John


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

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Warriors worry the Eels

Three second-half tries saw the Warriors beat Parramatta 24-4 in Saturday’s NRL trial match at Rotorua’s International Stadium on Saturday. Tries to Manu Vatuvei and new signing, former Eel, Krisnan Inu gave the Warriors a narrow 8-4 halftime lead, with second rower Taniera Lasalo crossing to pull one back for the Eels. Rookie Warrior Glen Fisiiahi impressed with a brace of tries in the second half, Lewis Brown scoring the last to give Ivan Cleary’s side an encouraging 20-point win. The Warriors were without James Maloney, out through illness, with Isaac John called in as a late replacement to partner former Junior Warriors captain Elijah Taylor in the halves. Continue reading

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.