Titans have named a team with only 2 first graders..
Ali Grant (Tweed), Blake Anderson (Tweed), Jarrod Tua (Burleigh), Connor Broadhurst, Tyronne Roberts-Davis (NYC), Jamal Fogarty (Burleigh Heads), Sam Irwin (Tweed), Kurt Bernard (NYC), Pat Politoni (Burleigh), David Hala, Matt Robinson, Morgan Boyle (NYC), Sam Saville (Tweed), Luke Page (Burleigh), Jed Cartwright, Daniel Schwass (Burleigh), Dane Clark (Tweed), Will Bugden (Tweed), Hayden Schwass (Burleigh), Sam Meskell (Tweed).
What do they get out of sending 20 blokes who are barely even depth players over to whangarei?
They can’t even really use it to sort out a reserve grade team as they split their depth between at least 2 different QLD cup teams.
Almost doing the warriors a favour by coming over for this game.
New signign Issac Luke, veteran winger Manu Vatuvei and second-rower Ben Henry headline the Warriors' squad for Saturday's NRL trial against Gold Coast at Whangarei's Toll Stadium, kicking off at 5.30pm local time.
After missing the Downer NRL Auckland Nines, Kiwi hooker Luke will make his first appearance for the club since being signed from South Sydney.
Meanwhile Vatuvei will return from off-season shoulder surgery and Hunt will make his comeback from his second serious knee injury in as many years.
Warriors trial team to face Titans:
1. Tomas Aoake
2. Ken Maumalo
3. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
4. Matt Allwood
5. Manu Vatuvei
6. Ata Hingano
7. Erin Clark
8. Albert Vete
9. Issac Luke
10. Charlie Gubb
11. Raymond Faitala-Mariner
12. Ben Henry
13. Ligi Sao Interchange:
14. Viliami Kaveinga
15. James Gavet
16. Upu Poching
17. Ofahiki Ogden
18. Jazz Tevaga
19. Bunty Afoa
20. Marata Niukore
21. Kane Telea
22. Semisi Tyrell
From the looks of that Titans team, Whangarei could rightly claim after Saturday that they still haven't seen a full NRL trial yet. It looks like an Intrust Super Cup team in all but name. At least a good half of our side have got some NRL miles on them (even if, like Upu, that was only 1 interchange appearance way back in 2009!)
game on. pissed road trip leaving in 1.5 hours. I agreed with a mate I'd drive up and he can drive back. I've got family in Whangarei, so we're going to aim to get there about 1ish, have a BBQ and get on the beers (well except my mate who's driving back via multiple pubs), then head on over to Toll Stadium.
Not expecting much in terms of a display given the teams named, but the league's back!