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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

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The Judiciary and the Fallout

Canberra prop David Shillington will be free to line up against South Sydney’s monster pack in the NRL on Sunday, after he took an early guilty plea for a careless high tackle charge.  The Queensland Origin representative was charged with a grade one offence by the NRL’s match review committee, but won’t have to sit out a game.

Promising Brisbane rookie Matt Gillett will miss the next month of football with a knee problem, but at least he won’t have a suspension next to his name as well, after also taking the early guilty plea. Gillett was charged with a grade one dangerous contact, leading with his feet – but has escaped penalty.

The Warriors’ Ukuma Ta’ai, the third player charged by the match review committee, also took an early guilty plea for a grade one dangerous tackle charge, and will be available to play against Melbourne on ANZAC Day.

There were no players charged from Monday night’s battle between Melbourne and Manly, won 18-16 by the Sea Eagles.

Warriors receive more bad Luck

Centre Brent Tate has become the Vodafone Warriors’ newest captain after confirmation today that a hand injury had ruled loose forward Micheal Luck out of Saturday night’s fifth-round NRL clash against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium. Team doctor John Mayhew said Luck, who led the Vodafone Warriors against Gold Coast in round one and Manly last Sunday, had broken his right index finger. “He had problems with the hand on Sunday and x-rays after the game confirmed he has a break in the finger,” he said. “He’ll have this week off to give the injury time to settle down.” With Luck out, Ben Matulino moves off the bench to join Lewis Brown in the second row while Lillyman switches to loose forward. Ukuma Ta’ai, who has been playing for the Auckland Vulcans in the New South Wales Cup, will make his first NRL appearance of the season. “We seem to be getting tested on the injury front every week but that’s just the way it goes,” said Cleary. Apart from Luck, Mannering and Price, others still injured include winger Manu Vatuvei, first-choice halfback Brett Seymour, Isaac John, Shaun Johnson and Elijah Taylor.