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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

Hohaia out, Ropati back at fullback

Jerome Ropati will again start at fullback for the Warriors in their 18th-round National Rugby League match against Penrith Panthers at Sydney on Sunday. He replaces regular fullback Lance Hohaia, who was again ruled out by a groin injury. The injury forced Hohaia to pull out at the 11th hour for the Warriors’ last outing against Parramata which the Warriors won 35-6 with Ropati also filling in at fullback. Hohaia was named for the Penrith match on Tuesday but didn’t train with the team today and was ruled out of making the trip to Sydney. Ropati’s shift to fullback results in Lewis Brown starting in the centres while coach Ivan Cleary is yet to confirm whether Sione Lousi or Ukuma Ta’ai will start in the second row with captain Simon Mannering.

Jerome Ropati down in the fifth

Warriors centre Jerome Ropati has been ruled out for their fifth-round NRL match against the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium tomorrow night. Ropati has a tight hamstring and the Warriors have decided not to risk him, replacing him with Ian Henderson who has been sidelined for several weeks with a knee injury. Patrick Ah Van will also join the squad in Sydney. Simon Mannering, Steve Price, Micheal Luck and Manu Vatuvei are all on the sidelines. Stand-in skipper Brent Tate, Jerome Ropati, Lance Hohaia and Jacob Lillyman resemble the nucleus of the side’s experience.

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.