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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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Warriors trio debut

Warriors coach Ivan Cleary will hand 20-year-old Glen Fisiiahi his NRL debut against the Parramatta Eels at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday night. Joining Fisiiahi in their first appearances for their new club are experienced new signings Feleti Mateo and Shaun Berrigan, with Mateo named in the second row against his former team-mates, while ex-Brisbane utility Berrigan has been picked on the interchange bench. The match will be the first Warriors home game in Auckland played away from Mt Smart Stadium since the club was formed in 1995. Fisiiahi, new signing Krisnan Inu, Kevin Locke and Bill Tupou were all in contention for the right winger’s spot throughout last month’s trial matches, with Fisiiahi ultimately rewarded for his form just months after excelling for the Junior Warriors when they won the 2010 NYC grand final. 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 trial positions, a closer look …

Vodafone Warriors standoff James Maloney will make his first appearance of the year in Saturday’s NRL trial against Queensland Cup side the Burleigh Bears at Whangarei’s Toll Stadium. After missing the Greymouth match against Newcastle, the club’s 2010 NRL Young Player of the Year was an original selection for last Saturday’s encounter with Parramatta in Rotorua, only to be ruled out through illness. Formerly with Parramatta and Melbourne, Maloney (24) had an outstanding 2010 season when he scored 188 points including 10 tries in his first full NRL campaign. It put him in contention for Dally M recognition and he was on the shortlist for the standoff of the year at the Rugby League International Federation’s awards announced at Eden Park last November. Maloney also won selection in the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII which travelled to Port Moresby to play Papua New Guinea. Continue reading

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