Tag Archive: Joel Moon


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

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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

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 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.

Injuries – McKinnon ruled out.

First-choice Warriors fullback Wade McKinnon will miss Sunday’s National Rugby League season opener against Gold Coast at Robina. An infection has prevented McKinnon training this week he was ruled out of the match last night. Joel Moon, originally part of a five-man bench, is now a confirmed starter on the interchange bench