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scottyb_old

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Storm's Manu to start for NZ v Kangaroos
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Melbourne Storm forward Sika Manu has won a starting spot in the New Zealand side for Sunday's Rugby League World Cup match at the Sydney Football Stadium.

After making his Test debut off the bench against Tonga last Saturday, the in-form newcomer was elevated to the run-on side to partner Simon Mannering in the second row.

Coach Stephen Kearney reshuffled several positions from the 56-8 win over Tonga, with captain and prop Nathan Cayless (knee), wing Manu Vatuvei and fullback Lance Hohaia (both hamstring) all passed fit to play after being rested at the weekend as a precaution.

"In the end we didn't want to take any risks with Nathan, Manu and Lance against Tonga," Kearney said.

"It made sense to keep them out of that match after they'd all played for the All Golds against New Zealand Maori (on October 12).

"Now they're right to go against Australia."

Prop Adam Blair also forced his way into the starting line-up ahead of Sam Rapira who is on the bench, while Sam Perrett edged out Parramatta's Krisnan Inu for a spot on the wing after an impressive display as Hohaia's stand-in on Saturday.

Experienced hooker Dene Halatau edged out South Sydney's Issac Luke for a spot on the bench behind starting No.9 Nathan Fien, while Rapira, Greg Eastwood and Setaimata Sa make up the interchange bench.

Those to miss the squad altogether included Inu, Luke and Kiwis regular David Fa'alogo.

New Zealand: Lance Hohaia, Sam Perrett, Steve Matai, Jerome Ropati, Manu Vatuvei, Benji Marshall, Thomas Leuluai, Nathan Cayless (capt), Nathan Fien, Adam Blair, Simon Mannering, Sika Manu, Jeremy Smith. Interchange: Dene Halatau, Greg Eastwood, Setaimata Sa, Sam Rapira.
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Jesbass_old

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Yeah, surprised by his exclusion. He wasn't outstanding, but he wasn't our worst.
 

Viking_old

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Nah Luke was fine and Halatau hasn't played in a couple of months unless he got some minutes in the All Golds game. Did Luke play so badly in ANZAC test that Kearney didn't want to pick him against the Aussies again?
Sa should be starting, Sika Manu is an impact player.
Perret's good but Inu is class. An already tough assignment just got a whole lot tougher for Matai.
 

2big2strong_old

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Nah Luke was fine and Halatau hasn't played in a couple of months unless he got some minutes in the All Golds game. Did Luke play so badly in ANZAC test that Kearney didn't want to pick him against the Aussies again?
Sa should be starting, Sika Manu is an impact player.
Perret's good but Inu is class. An already tough assignment just got a whole lot tougher for Matai.

I agree with everything you said.

I'm actually a bit baffle by some of the selections. Sa should definitely be starting, he can play 80 minutes if needed, Sika should be on the bench for impact and can cover second and front rows. Perrett got found out in the ANZAC test under the high ball, Inu should of been a shoe in for the other wing spot.

Luke should be playing, Halatau will be rusty as, he's just had an operation than straight into test football against the champs. I would of rested him till the PNG game.
 

Jesbass_old

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I agree with everything you said.

I'm actually a bit baffle by some of the selections. Sa should definitely be starting, he can play 80 minutes if needed, Sika should be on the bench for impact and can cover second and front rows. Perrett got found out in the ANZAC test under the high ball, Inu should of been a shoe in for the other wing spot.

Luke should be playing, Halatau will be rusty as, he's just had an operation than straight into test football against the champs. I would of rested him till the PNG game.

I'm not sure about the exclusions, but hopefully there'll be a couple of switches on and off the bench before kickoff, ala Cleary.
 

edguy_old

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inu is a freak ..a top goal kicker and a game winner .... ? perret had a couple of shockers last year against the poms remember......?Halatau instead of luke? wtf ....they must be joking surely .... 2 of our best game breakers not playing.. surely they are both injured...
 

playdaball_old

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Agree with all of the comments.

Inu and Luke being left out? Are we saving ourselves for England??
 

Kid-Dynamite_old

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Dene Halatua and to an extent Nathan Fien over Issac Luke!!!!! Don't agree at all! I mean sure Fien has played hooker most of his career, but pretty much all this season he has played halfback! Halatua didn't play much hooker this year...if any!? So I can't see how our specialist hooker, and one of the best hookers in the game can't make the team! Gobsmacked really, can someone explain?

Everything else as expected really!

GO KIWIS

(But not happy about Issac Luke not making the team)
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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I've never understood why they tend to play Jalatua at hooker either, it really baffles me. To his own credit however he does a decent enough job, but I don't think decent is going to win us too many games.



Inu is general is agood player and it does baffle me as to why he isn't playing but he has been injured during the season if I'm remembering correctly so his form's been down where as with Perrett's form's been a little better.
 

Jesbass_old

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Halatau isn't a great hooker - he's better as a lock. He's not very dynamic, or explosive. I can only assume that Issac Luke has a niggle or minor injury stemming from the match against Tonga.
 

Kid-Dynamite_old

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With no Issac Luke or Krisnan Inu. Goal Kicking is an issue! It'll have to be Matai or Marshall.

I saw Benji goal kick this year, and he's pretty damn good! He gets my vote!
 

MiXmasterreece_old

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Halatau isn't a great hooker - he's better as a lock. He's not very dynamic, or explosive. .

Mixed, but optimistic, feelings about this one.

Halatau carved up Australia in the ANZAC test at hooker - while Luke looked short of a gallop against tonga - that may be due to injury. Either way Luke should not have started against Aussie, put on Fein to weather the storm early and bring on Luke in the final 15 of the half.

having said all that, this tournament will probably be the last time Halatau wears the black Jersey. Iosefa will be there next year.

Manu in the 2nd row is a smart move. He'll add some much needed steel to the pack in the opening exchanges.

Eastwood earnt his spot in the past 2 games, while Blair and Rapira are there due to a serious lack of death. Would of liked to have seen Harrison come in for Blair - that boy will show his class at some stage in the tournament.

Inu's exclusion is annoying. He's in a different class compared to Ropati, who will be exposed on D - once again - V aus.

SKD > Perret.

Had this tournament been a year later I think we would of seen a much stronger kiwi outfit. Due to poor timing, poor luck and for some a full seasons lack of experience, a number of extremely talented players would of improved our chances. Next year I expect a face lift of this team, the likes of; matulino, pettybourne, iosefa, SKD, Cherrington, Taumata, Paea, Setu, Stanley - will transform this team.
 

playdaball_old

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With no Issac Luke or Krisnan Inu. Goal Kicking is an issue! It'll have to be Matai or Marshall.

I saw Benji goal kick this year, and he's pretty damn good! He gets my vote!

Matai is a top kicker and Benji is a good back up with Lance as a an emergency.
 

kingdamo_old

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Inu should definitely be there, whether on the wing or in the centres. Hes all class and even after a poor season, class prevails!

On a side note: Taters is marking Vatuvei this week, I am kind of scared that Manu will injure poor Tatey!
 

Jesbass_old

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AUSTRALIA:
Billy Slater, Joel Monaghan, Greg Inglis, Israel Folau, Brent Tate, Darren Lockyer (capt), Jonathan Thurston, Petero Civoniceva, Cameron Smith, Steve Price, Glenn Stewart, Anthony Laffranchi, Paul Gallen. Interchange: Brent Kite, Josh Perry, Anthony Tupou, Kurt Gidley.

NEW ZEALAND:
Lance Hohaia, Sam Perrett, Steve Matai, Jerome Ropati, Manu Vatuvei, Benji Marshall, Thomas Leuluai, Nathan Cayless (capt), Nathan Fien, Adam Blair, Simon Mannering, Sika Manu, Jeremy Smith. Interchange: Dene Halatau, Greg Eastwood, Setaimata Sa, Sam Rapira.

AUS -V- NZ
Slater - Hohaia
Monaghan - Vatuvei
Inglis - Ropati
Folau - Matai
Tate - Perrett
Lockyer (c) - Marshall
Thurston - Leuluai
Civoniceva - Blair
Smith - Fien
Price - Cayless (c)
Stewart - Manu
Laffranchi - Mannering
Gallen - Smith

Kite - Halatau
Perry - Eastwood
Tupou - Sa
Gidley - Rapira
 

2big2strong_old

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lol. I was thinking about Perett getting chased down by Price before, Inu wouldn't of got caught by a prop.
 
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