Player Kevin Locke

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Locke out for up to a month with sternum injury
Source : NZ Warriors

Vodafone Warriors fullback Kevin Locke faces up to four weeks sidelined with a sternum injury which blighted his comeback appearance in last night’s eighth-round NRL encounter with Melbourne at AAMI Park.
Locke, who was returning after a three-match absence with a leg injury, lasted only six minutes of the Anzac Day contest before he left the field holding his chest.
He returned home with the Vodafone Warriors this afternoon knowing he could be out of action for three to four weeks which is likely to rule him out of contention for the home games against the Brisbane Broncos on May 5 and the Sydney Roosters on May 12 as well as the following match against Wests Tigers in Sydney on May 18.
Locke had only just recovered from a cork above his right knee which kept him out of the fixtures against the Roosters, Canberra and South Sydney.
Also set for another stint on the sideline is experienced prop Sam Rapira, He had to sit out the start of the season with a shoulder injury but, in only his fourth game of the year, he picked up an ankle injury against the Storm last night. While Rapira was able to finish the match, team doctor John Mayhew said he was in discomfort later and could face more time sidelined. The extent of the injury won’t be known until Rapira has undergone further assessment.
While Locke and Rapira both appear to be back on the injury list, it’s expected halfback Shaun Johnson will be available to face the Broncos after sitting out last night’s game with the shoulder injury he picked up in his Test debut last Friday night.
Long-term injured players Jacob Lillyman and Micheal Luck are close to being available at last to turn out for the Vodafone Warriors for the first time this season. Lillyman (bicep) is hoping to be ready for the Brisbane match but may have to wait until the following week while chances are Luck (wrist) could be in line to return in the 11th round against Wests Tigers on May 18. If not then he would have to wait until the 13th round after the Vodafone Warriors have a bye in round 12.

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Rizzah

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He's (Steve Rapira) listed as indefinite on the Telegraph.com.au casualty list.
Can't see anything on the warriors.co.nz site. and he's not listed on the NRL.com casualty ward.
So who knows..
 

Jordan G

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Big blow with Locke missing. Hopefully we continue to pressure the kicker like we did against the Storm otherwise our fullbacks will struggle to cover the kicks against those teams we have coming up.
 

Blain

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Apr 18, 2012
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I think we should go back to Fish. He was pedestrian his last 2 games, but we all know he has potential, and a bit of pressure on him to make the jersey his own could be good inspiration.
 

RobRoyMcCoy

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Apr 19, 2012
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I think we should go back to Fish. He was pedestrian his last 2 games, but we all know he has potential, and a bit of pressure on him to make the jersey his own could be good inspiration.
Yeah I agree. He is a specialist and has huge potential. The two games he played recently we behind a badly beaten team so I don't hold him solely accountable for those losses, despite his poor(ish) performances.
 

vvvrulz

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Apr 25, 2012
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Auckland
I think we should go back to Fish. He was pedestrian his last 2 games, but we all know he has potential, and a bit of pressure on him to make the jersey his own could be good inspiration.
I don't agree and (weird as it sounds) I'd rather have Ropati back there again. I was really disappointed and annoyed with the lethargic and disinterested performances from Fish and conversely, while he was shocking at centre, Ropati made a good fist of fullback showing a bit of enthusiasm with his carrys.
 

Tyrael

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Apr 12, 2012
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Give Fish a few more goes. He'll find his feet again. I want Inu to be in the centres, but if Ropati is in then I can see Bluey giving him the bump. Godinet for bench spot please
 

Blain

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Apr 18, 2012
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Ropati wasnt that great I thought, he made a couple good runs but was caught out with his positioning for kicks a few times, a couple of times he could have helped out prevent to prevent a couple of tries. The thing with Fish with him being a Fullback, he would have better positional play imo.
 

Danpatmac

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Ropati wasnt that great I thought, he made a couple good runs but was caught out with his positioning for kicks a few times, a couple of times he could have helped out prevent to prevent a couple of tries. The thing with Fish with him being a Fullback, he would have better positional play imo.
That's the thing though, he has repeatedly been found wanting in that exact area... therefore the calls for ropati.
 

Fazz

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Apr 12, 2012
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Fish can straight FUCK OFF his performances weren't just down to him "finding his feet" he was totally disinterested in defense and in kick returns. Ropati might be rubbish on defense too, but at least with him it's not down to a lack of effort and he runs it back hard. As crappy as Inu is, I'd almost play him there over Fish...almost.

I'm throwing this out of the left field....Godinet? He's played there a lot for the Vulcans and has very good one on one tackle technique. Sure he can't be any worse than the other options in D and it gives us 3 halves on the field in attack. That's probably what I'd go with. He deserves to be in the team SOMEWHERE this week. Even if it's only a bench spot at Tai'ai's expense.
 

Xt1ncT

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Apr 29, 2012
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Fish was awesome when he played FB before getting injured last year. I'd argue that if he hadn't been injured Locke wouldn't have gotten back in.

Very few if any FBs would have shone in those performances by the team. We had no go forward from the forwards and made at too many errors.

Having him in last week I reckon we could very well have seen a different result. Sure his defense needs some work, but he's IMO one of the top offensive thread in the comp.


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Danpatmac

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Fish was awesome when he played FB before getting injured last year. I'd argue that if he hadn't been injured Locke wouldn't have gotten back in.

Very few if any FBs would have shone in those performances by the team. We had no go forward from the forwards and made at too many errors.

Having him in last week I reckon we could very well have seen a different result. Sure his defense needs some work, but he's IMO one of the top offensive thread in the comp.


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My issue is with Fish on D, his attack is fine but as far as i'm concerned he is a defensive non-event.
 

Xt1ncT

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My issue is with Fish on D, his attack is fine but as far as i'm concerned he is a defensive non-event.
maybe, but I don't think that means he should be jettisoned quite yet. That can be coached quite easily I would imagine.

If I was Bluey I'd just have him watch video after video of Slater in action.


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¿N. ig-mah¿

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maybe, but I don't think that means he should be jettisoned quite yet. That can be coached quite easily I would imagine.

If I was Bluey I'd just have him watch video after video of Slater in action.


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If Fish had a real ambition to take the #1 spot, he could take it upon himself to study Slater, but he seems as disinterested in reaching first grade as he is in making a tackle or returning the ball in traffic.

The way I see it, he is a glory hound who believes his tries should be enough to get him in the team.

As I have said many times elsewhere, IMO defence is the fullbacks number one priority. All else is a bonus, but defence has got to be the basis for who you select at FB.

Hence why I would much rather bring Omar up to first grade than use Fish.

My ranking would be like this right now:

1 Locke
2 Ropati
3 Godinet
4 Omar
5 Inu
6 the waterboy
7 Ruben Wiki
8 the janitor
9 the old lady sitting in the first row
10 Glen Fisiiahi

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this is what happens when you sign an unproven guy on pure potential for a 5yr contract.

dumb.
 

fanrrior

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Apr 10, 2012
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If Fish had a real ambition to take the #1 spot, he could take it upon himself to study Slater, but he seems as disinterested in reaching first grade as he is in making a tackle or returning the ball in traffic.

The way I see it, he is a glory hound who believes his tries should be enough to get him in the team.

As I have said many times elsewhere, IMO defence is the fullbacks number one priority. All else is a bonus, but defence has got to be the basis for who you select at FB.

Hence why I would much rather bring Omar up to first grade than use Fish.

My ranking would be like this right now:

1 Locke
2 Ropati
3 Godinet
4 Omar
5 Inu
6 the waterboy
7 Ruben Wiki
8 the janitor
9 the old lady sitting in the first row
10 Glen Fisiiahi

some might feel this is a little harsh.
Fazz will think it's harsh on the old lady sitting in the first row for only being one spot ahead of Fisiahi.
 

vvvrulz

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Apr 25, 2012
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If Fish had a real ambition to take the #1 spot, he could take it upon himself to study Slater, but he seems as disinterested in reaching first grade as he is in making a tackle or returning the ball in traffic.

The way I see it, he is a glory hound who believes his tries should be enough to get him in the team.

As I have said many times elsewhere, IMO defence is the fullbacks number one priority. All else is a bonus, but defence has got to be the basis for who you select at FB.

Hence why I would much rather bring Omar up to first grade than use Fish.

My ranking would be like this right now:

1 Locke
2 Ropati
3 Godinet
4 Omar
5 Inu
6 the waterboy
7 Ruben Wiki
8 the janitor
9 the old lady sitting in the first row
10 Carl Doherty
11 Glen Fisiiahi

some might feel this is a little harsh.

On current form I'm with you on this and even made an addition to your list. Its up to Fish himself to turn it all around.
 

Raurimu Massive

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 26, 2012
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If I was Bluey I'd just have him watch video after video of Slater in action.
You'd think any player who's serious about developing their game would spend hours doing just that, wouldn't you? Even it's just for inspiration, or to help get you into the mindset before practices. Players in any position could have videos of great performances, replays with explanations of why certain moves work... I'm assuming they do this sort of thing within the club though, surely?
 

¿N. ig-mah¿

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May 1, 2012
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You'd think any player who's serious about developing their game would spend hours doing just that, wouldn't you? Even it's just for inspiration, or to help get you into the mindset before practices. Players in any position could have videos of great performances, replays with explanations of why certain moves work... I'm assuming they do this sort of thing within the club though, surely?
Pretty sure Locke said last year he spends hours on end watching Billy's games and trying to learn from him.

In all honesty I think Fish sees himself as something new and different to the typical FB and wants to play it his way. I believe a few games snubbed by first grade while others get to fill the vacant spot might give him a reality check and make him start focussing on getting his career moving.

More than happy for Locke to keep the jersey, but I do hope Fish gets it together and has a good career, whether its here or abroad. To tell the truth I see him as a good fit for ESL.
 

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