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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

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This is the last key position to look at and there isn’t too many here that are averaging over 40.  I have used 45 as the bench mark score for the last two columns, but perhaps I should have used 30, it might have been a bit more flattering for the big fellers.

There aren’t a lot of stars to choose from here as far as Dream Team goes.  If you are looking at options for your front row it will depend on what points you are looking for and how much money you have to spend as to who you go for.  

  GM Ave Total Pts TR GO MG TA KM Oth Lost Pts >=45 % >= 45
Bailey 18 42.78 770 8 226 578 0 32 -74 5 27.78%
Thaiday 17 40.76 693 8 200 516 1 56 -88 9 52.94%
Tronc 13 40.31 524 0 112 400 1 64 -53 1 7.69%
Douglas 19 39.37 748 4 193 607 0 24 -80 4 21.05%
Hannant 16 39.25 628 0 182 503 0 24 -81 1 6.25%
Myles 15 39.13 587 0 161 464 1 42 -81 1 6.67%
Cayless 19 38.05 723 0 195 501 2 84 -59 3 15.79%
Burgess 18 37.78 680 12 222 483 0 90 -127 3 16.67%
Packer, R 18 36.06 649 4 172 515 0 8 -50 3 16.67%
Nuuausala 19 35.42 673 24 151 486 0 90 -78 3 15.79%
King 19 33.95 645 4 190 471 0 58 -78 2 10.53%

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Where’s Willie ?

Willie Mason ($178,100 FRF/2RF) trial debut for the North Queensland has almost gone unnoticed except for his hulking frame and applause from the run on. Competing in the first half of the victory over the Queensland Cup team the Northern Pride, Mason failed to have an impact early dropping a couple of balls and generally being avoided by the Prides offence. A couple of hit ups in the second half against the Warriors gave Coach Neil Henry and DT Coaches an indication of what Mason might be capable of this season for the Cowboys. Playing under testing conditions, strong defence coupled with handling errors kept the scores tight for most of the match until late in the second half when the Warriors ran away with three tries to seal the win. “Credit to the Warriors. They seemed to have a bit more cohesion in their attack,” Henry said.”We were a bit disappointing with our attack.” The Cowboys were missing Jonathan Thurston ($268,600 HLV) a late withdrawal with hamstring tightness although Ray Thompson (Not Listed), Grant Rovelli ($159,500 HLV) and Aaron Payne ($237,500 HOK) all showed spark when in the role. Warriors mentor Ivan Cleary was also pleased with his sides pre season form, “A lot of players are playing well at this stage which is a pretty good sign. “I thought we got better as the game went on in terms of our direction and the way we wanted to play. Defensively, we were pretty strong.” Cleary also mentioned that Queensland Origin Star Brent Tate ($148,900 CTW) will more than likely make his return from injury next Saturday in Auckland.

NZ WARRIORS 28 (L Hohaia 2 A Heremaia P Ah Van B Tupou tries B Seymour K Locke R Packer S Johnson goals) bt NORTH QUEENSLAND 6 (O Geia try J Williams goal) at Barlow Park, Cairns.