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Manu Vatuvei sidelined for up to 8 weeks

Medical scans have confirmed Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei has medial ligament damage and will be on the sideline for up to eight weeks. The club’s record try scorer was forced off the field just 14 minutes into Saturday night’s NRL season-opener against Parramatta after his opposite Etuate Uaisele halted him with a torpedo-like tackle. Uaisele’s head collided with Vatuvei’s right knee, bringing an early end to the match for him. The initial prognosis on Saturday night pointed to Vatuvei being out of action for six to eight weeks with medial ligament damage. “The scans confirmed our initial assessment,” said Warriors doctor John Mayhew. “Surgery isn’t required and it should be possible for Manu to return in about eight weeks.” Vatuvei broke an arm while playing for the Kiwis against England in the Four Nations competition in October. He was philosophical tonight about the setback. “I’m down on myself, but that’s how it goes in this game sometimes. There’s nothing I can do about it. “I just have to look after the injury and hopefully come back stronger. In the meantime, I’ll be there doing the best I can to support the boys. Continue reading

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Manu Vatuvei suffers knee ligament injury

The Warriors suffered a massive blow when giant winger Manu Vatuvei limped from the field midway through the first spell with a medial ligament knee injury after being tackled at full pace by his opposite Etu Uaisele. A stellar performance from Parramatta veteran Luke Burt was a highlight, as the winger scored two tries and kicked four goals to rack up 16 points as the Eels overcame a hostile Eden Park crowd to give new coach Stephen Kearney a debut win for the club. Despite going into the match as rank outsiders, Parramatta got off to a perfect start as his side upstaged the pre-game favourites with four tries to three. The Eels may only be a season removed from a grand final appearance but gone was the flamboyance of 2009, replaced with a more methodical and intelligent style of football employed under Kearney’s guidance. Parramatta preyed on Warriors mistakes and employed a simple philosophy of holding onto possession and using fullback Jarryd Hayne’s huge boot to turn the home team around. The Warriors’ best attacking weapon’s knee buckled with the impact and his night was over. Continue reading

Broncos unveil another possible future star

Exciting Brisbane NRL prospect Dane Gagai has the world at his fleet feet after heeding some stern warnings. Broncos insiders say the son of former Mackay rugby league legend Ray Gagai – who played for Queensland Country and was signed by Brisbane in the late 1980s – is “something special”. The former schoolboy rugby union star steps out on the wing in Saturday’s trial against Melbourne knowing a few flashes of brilliance could snare him a debut berth in coach Anthony Griffin’s side for the season opener against the Cowboys next month. Gagai’s father was so quick his feet eeemed to barely touch the grass. Dane is bigger but agile and by no means a slouch. 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

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 welcome three back to the fold

The New Zealand Warriors welcome back three key players for Sunday’s NRL match against the St George Illawarra but have been set back by injury again, with halfback Brett Seymour ruled out for a month. While loose forward Micheal Luck, half James Maloney and winger Manu Vatuvei return – the latter for his 100th NRL match – the Warriors will be missing Seymour for the match in Auckland after he was diagnosed with a leg fracture. Only three games into a comeback from a broken thumb, Seymour now faces four weeks on the sideline after scans revealed he has a small fracture at the top of the fibula in his left leg. Maloney will take Seymour’s spot at halfback while Isaac John will make his first NRL appearance of the year, at five-eighth.

South Sydney captain Roy Asotasi will miss up to four weeks with a shoulder injury suffered in Sunday’s 50-10 thrashing of NRL rivals the Wests Tigers.Asotasi, who was making his return from a knee injury, underwent scans on Monday which showed he had suffered local nerve damage. The injury is not as bad as had been feared and the Kiwi prop will avoid surgery.

Newcastle have also received some bad news with prop Evarn Tuimavave ruled out Continue reading

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.

Simon Mannering targets Rd 10 for return

Mannering is still out with a hamstring injury, but is now targeting a return in round 10 against the Cowboys. However, he will be forced to endure tomorrow night’s match against Canberra and the Kiwis test against Australia next Friday. Mannering says the extra week off with the bye to come should see him right for the North Queensland match in mid-May. Frustration is setting in, with Mannering having played just one and a half games since taking over the captaincy and he says it is hardly the ideal start to the job. As for the test match, he points out that opportunities to play for New Zealand are rare, so it is frustrating to have to sit it out. He has been spending a lot of time rehabilitating with Manu Vatuvei, and the big winger is close to a return as well.

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.