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Discussion in 'Warriors Discussion' started by mt.wellington, Mar 10, 2018.
I don't believe Luke went off for an HIA but actually a poke in the eye..
That's a good one.
I'd rather him and Fus continue to build what could be a lethal combination
Probably keep the same side... Mannering is not due back until round 3, and maybe too early for Lawton... but would not be disappointed if he plays.
Please don't think this game is ours to lose. The Titans played well yesterday , stayed in the game for the full 80. They are a very dangerous side and will improve with every week playing together.
I’d have Paasi in my 17 over Lisone but Sam played well so can’t see that happening.
So for mine keep the same team except Lawton for Cook.
Nothing against Cook but I reckon Lawton will add another level of skill and toughness when he’s needed.
The titans have a strong roster with alot of X factor players. I remember Elgey having a huge game against the Warriors a few years back. Nothing like playing your old club, give Lawton and Paasi a sniff in the extended squad and whoever performs in training this week takes the spots.
Didnt Kata leak 2 trys with absolutely atrocious defensive reads ? He is a massive liability in defence. I would have Hiku over Kata any day when Beale is fit.
Very true. Do you think Kearney will lock in Isaiah Papali'i for 80mins in the back row every week though?
It's only going to be for 3/4 weeks till Manners is back, so can't see why not. He'll have his hands full this week against Proctor thats for sure, Taylor was hitting Proc on the short ball all game yesterday.
I'm talking even when manners is back, assuming manners goes to lock does papa keep the edge?
Im 90% sure they are running Mannering as a left edge backrower this year, im guessing to try and preserve him past this season. I think Sao/Pulu will keep the 13 jersey rotation and Papali'i will go back down to ISP.
If he keeps performing like he did on Saturday, it will be next to impossible to put Papali’i back down to ISP. He was so damn good.
Will be very interesting to see what Kearney does when Mannerings back.
Yep agreed, he has to be there based on his last game, if he drops away in performance that’s the time to put back to reserve grade for a bit imo.
How good was it watching Papali’i beat Crichton to snaffle the ball on the ground, two guys with strong rugby union backgrounds ... good bit of by-play that.
Manners walks straight back in... One of our only players that's earned that right.
One more game like that from Papali’i and he won't be going anywhere either.
Sao/Lisone to miss out.
Agree, and I'd pick Lisone. Out of the two, Sao had the stronger game on Saturday....
One and be Cook for the new Ex Titan player, we need to keep as much momentum as possible and it would be replacing a novice with someone experienced...It only makes us stronger....
This is not a poor reflection of Cook, it just means currently we have a stronger player available.
i'm guessing barring injury, SK will make zero changes and name the same squad, unless he's into rotation.
16. Sao / Vete
All this competition for spots is amazing imo. It's a really good problem for Steve to have. Consistency from Papalii will be the thing , after his 3rd game he might start to tire.
Mannering definitely gets first shot when he's fit.
It was definitely a HIA as they used the red-cross interchange card - though they may have been being sneaky to get a free interchange since there was less than 15 minutes to go.
STOMACH BUG TEARS THROUGH WARRIORS
A stomach bug has thrown a spanner in the Warriors’ preparatory works ahead of this weekend’s NRL clash with Gold Coast. Fresh off a season-opening 32-20 win over South Sydney, a handful of Warriors - including Blake Green and Solomone Kata - have picked up a virus.
They’ll be monitored during the course of the week but are likely to face the Titans, who also won their first-up game against Canberra.
Elsewhere, stalwart Simon Mannering remains a week-to-week proposition after suffering a pre-season shoulder injury, while Gerard Beale is still recuperating from a broken leg sustained at the Rugby League World Cup. Mannering is highly unlikely to face the Titans.
Coach Stephen Kearney said he was mostly pleased by his troops’ display against the Bunnies in Perth, breaking a nine-match West Australian losing run.
Barring a penalty-laden start to the match and a late Rabbitohs surge, they dominated the contest and stuck to their game plan.
But they will still look for improvement against the Titans. “There was a sense of relief, I guess, but I think there was a sense of confidence - when I say it like that, I mean we went out with a pretty specific plan, so to see it unfold for them was very pleasing,” Kearney said.
“There were some good parts to it and some areas we need to improve on for this week, but overall there was some pretty good stuff there.”
The Warriors’ extended 21-man squad will be named later on Tuesday.