General Price Returns To Warriors Line-Up

Ronnie_7_old

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Price Returns To Warriors Line-Up

23/05/2006
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Captain Steve Price's return is the only line-up change for the Warriors' 12th-round NRL clash against the Cronulla Sharks at Toyota Park on Saturday night.

The 32-year-old Price makes his 18th State of Origin appearance for Queensland against New South Wales in Wednesday night's opening match of the 2006 series at Telstra Stadium.

Depending on how he comes through that encounter, he'll be reunited alongside Ruben Wiki who, as stand-in captain in Price's absence, led the Warriors to their second win of the year over 2005 premiers Wests Tigers last Saturday night.

Evarn Tuimavave, who impressed as Price's front row replacement, has been moved back to his regular interchange spot. Retained on a five-man bench is 19-year-old Sam Rapira after his promising first-grade debut against the Tigers.

"We were obviously pleased with Saturday night's effort," said head coach Ivan Cleary.

"It was encouraging to beat the premiers for the second time this year, especially in the way we showed so much improvement from our display against St George Illawarra the previous week.

"Having said that, there are still areas of our game where we need to sharpen up. What we want most of all is greater consistency in our performances. We had 17 players all contributing against the Tigers and we need that every week."

Cleary said the quality of the display against Wests Tigers left no room for Clinton Toopi to return to the side. He was given time off last week but was back training with the first-grade squad yesterday and could turn out for the Tamaki Leopards in their Bartercard Cup match against the Central Falcons in Palmerston North on Saturday.

"Simon Mannering has been good for us in the last two matches so Clinton will have to work his way back into the side," said Cleary.

He was also thrilled with young prop Rapira who made 21 tackles and eight hit-ups in his first 30 minutes as a first-grade player.

The Warriors' visit to Toyota Park will be memorable for centre Tony Martin.

After signing a new one-year contract for 2007 yesterday, he'll make his 100th first-grade appearance after starting his career with the Melbourne Storm in 1998.

He played 69 times for the Storm and won a grand final winner's ring with them in 1999; the match against Cronulla will be his 31st for the Warriors since starting with them in 2004 after a three-year stint with the London Broncos in the English Super League.

Ben Cummins has been named to referee the Cronulla match while Bill Harrigan is the video referee.

Warriors Team:
1 Brent Webb, 2 Manu Vatuvei, 3 Tony Martin, 4 Simon Mannering, 5 Misi Taulapapa, 6 Jerome Ropati, 7 Grant Rovelli, 8 Ruben Wiki, 9 Nathan Fien, 10 Steve Price, 11 Awen Guttenbeil, 12 Wairangi Koopu, 13 Sione Faumuina, 14 George Gatis, 15 Evarn Tuimavave, 16 Louis Anderson, 17 Micheal Luck, 20 Sam Rapira.

......................................

Like they were ever gonna leave Pricey out
 

da mad maori

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No, Pricey would demand he starts. The mans a fitness freak. Hard luck on Evarn tho. His time will come,
 

Wiki_old

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I'm thinking Rapira will go but I hope Luck goes instead this week :p It would be nice to see Rapira out there again as I believe as soon as he gets his confidence up, he will be a beauty for us.

Great to see they have retained the squad! It was a good effort.
 

*Kimmy*_old

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Lol..they'd never leave pricey out..unless he was injured!!

My friend who lives on the sunshine coast in qld went out to dinner with the qld s.o.o team, and i told her to tell pricey i say hi, and she texted me saying he says hi back lol..was pretty cool..

Hope the warriors beat the sharks..i hate them!!
 

JonB_old

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im more worried he will get injured in our game than the state of origin game.
 

D Generation X_old

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Ronnie_7 said:
Price Returns To Warriors Line-Up

23/05/2006
XtraMSN

Captain Steve Price's return is the only line-up change for the Warriors' 12th-round NRL clash against the Cronulla Sharks at Toyota Park on Saturday night.

The 32-year-old Price makes his 18th State of Origin appearance for Queensland against New South Wales in Wednesday night's opening match of the 2006 series at Telstra Stadium.

Depending on how he comes through that encounter, he'll be reunited alongside Ruben Wiki who, as stand-in captain in Price's absence, led the Warriors to their second win of the year over 2005 premiers Wests Tigers last Saturday night.

Evarn Tuimavave, who impressed as Price's front row replacement, has been moved back to his regular interchange spot. Retained on a five-man bench is 19-year-old Sam Rapira after his promising first-grade debut against the Tigers.

"We were obviously pleased with Saturday night's effort," said head coach Ivan Cleary.

"It was encouraging to beat the premiers for the second time this year, especially in the way we showed so much improvement from our display against St George Illawarra the previous week.

"Having said that, there are still areas of our game where we need to sharpen up. What we want most of all is greater consistency in our performances. We had 17 players all contributing against the Tigers and we need that every week."

Cleary said the quality of the display against Wests Tigers left no room for Clinton Toopi to return to the side. He was given time off last week but was back training with the first-grade squad yesterday and could turn out for the Tamaki Leopards in their Bartercard Cup match against the Central Falcons in Palmerston North on Saturday.

"Simon Mannering has been good for us in the last two matches so Clinton will have to work his way back into the side," said Cleary.

He was also thrilled with young prop Rapira who made 21 tackles and eight hit-ups in his first 30 minutes as a first-grade player.

The Warriors' visit to Toyota Park will be memorable for centre Tony Martin.

After signing a new one-year contract for 2007 yesterday, he'll make his 100th first-grade appearance after starting his career with the Melbourne Storm in 1998.

He played 69 times for the Storm and won a grand final winner's ring with them in 1999; the match against Cronulla will be his 31st for the Warriors since starting with them in 2004 after a three-year stint with the London Broncos in the English Super League.

Ben Cummins has been named to referee the Cronulla match while Bill Harrigan is the video referee.

Warriors Team:
1 Brent Webb, 2 Manu Vatuvei, 3 Tony Martin, 4 Simon Mannering, 5 Misi Taulapapa, 6 Jerome Ropati, 7 Grant Rovelli, 8 Ruben Wiki, 9 Nathan Fien, 10 Steve Price, 11 Awen Guttenbeil, 12 Wairangi Koopu, 13 Sione Faumuina, 14 George Gatis, 15 Evarn Tuimavave, 16 Louis Anderson, 17 Micheal Luck, 20 Sam Rapira.

......................................

Like they were ever gonna leave Pricey out
that is a beasty line up man hopefully we smash sharks
 

*Kimmy*_old

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I hope you guys smash the sharks

*continues to draw all over the sharks faces on rlw poster*
 

LeagueNut_old

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Wiki said:
I'm thinking Rapira will go but I hope Luck goes instead this week
I'm only speculating, but I think you're onto something there Wiki. Cleary has already shown he's happy to have a bit of rotation in his squad, and given that Luck hasn't missed a game yet he may well find himself with a weekend off.
 

da mad maori

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THats a very interesting point both you Wiki and LeagueNut make. But for the life of me I cannot see that happening. I still say Rapira will be 18th man
 

LeagueNut_old

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I guess it all really depends on how Cleary likes to bring on his rookies. I know it's early days, but so far he's been happy to leave them in the team at the expense of more experienced guys (Byrne, Toopi, etc).

I know form is a consideration there, but to me it makes sense to give the rookies more than one week in the team before they drop out.
 

Wiki_old

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LeagueNut said:
I guess it all really depends on how Cleary likes to bring on his rookies. I know it's early days, but so far he's been happy to leave them in the team at the expense of more experienced guys (Byrne, Toopi, etc).

I know form is a consideration there, but to me it makes sense to give the rookies more than one week in the team before they drop out.

Exactly and I think Cleary is very good at understanding that.

I said it in another post, we have to wait for their confidence to get up.

Although Misi is playing well, we still haven't seen him finish anything off but I believe as soon as his confidence is up, he is comfortable, and he nails that first try that he will turn into a star.

And the same goes with the rest of them. Rapira is only 19 and a young 19 I think, and this is a big step up into a professional sport. I think Cleary understands that you can't just put a player in and remove him when you like ...it won't do anything for his confidence. You need to bring him in and give him a good tasting of what professional football is all about in a few games.

He has certainly shown that with most of his selections this year and I don't think this one will be any different.
 

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