General Price's Origin Duty Forces One Change To Winning Line-Up

Jesbass_old

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From www.warriors.co.nz:

Young prop Sam Rapira comes in for unavailable captain Steve Price in the only change to the Vodafone Warriors’ 17-man squad for Saturday night’s NRL clash against Penrith.

Price is ruled out after being selected in the Queensland side for his 20th State of Origin match in tomorrow week’s 2006 series decider in Melbourne.

That sees Rapira (19) reintroduced to the bench with Evarn Tuimavave, recently re-signed on a new three-year contract, named to start for just the fifth time in what will be his 42nd first-grade appearance.

It will be Rapira’s fourth first-grade game after earlier bench appearances against Wests Tigers, Cronulla and the Sydney Roosters.

Vodafone Warriors head coach Ivan Cleary again had no difficulty settling on this week’s side.

“It would be great to have Steve but we’re used to losing him when Origin comes along,†he said.

“In the two matches we’ve been without him in the series so far, we’ve been able to beat Wests Tigers and the Roosters.

“Sam came in and did a good job in each of those matches and we’ll need him to do the same again against the Panthers.â€Â

While the Vodafone Warriors lose Price to the Origin match, the Panthers will be without two of their first-choice players through representative commitments. Halfback Craig Gower has been recalled to the New South Wales side and fullback Rhys Wesser was last night drafted into the Queensland team on the wing.

“They’re important players for Penrith but we’ve seen before this season that other clubs still have more than capable back-ups and the Panthers won’t be any different,†said Cleary.

He said his players weren’t getting ahead of themselves despite the Vodafone Warriors’ record-setting 66-0 rout of South Sydney on Sunday giving the club three successive wins for the first time since the run to the 2003 finals.

“We’ve had a good run lately because the players have sustained a good level of performance and consistency in the last four matches,†said Cleary.

“It was certainly pleasing to see the players stick to the game plan against South Sydney and to play out the full 80 minutes but you have to move on quickly from matches like that.

“Penrith will be a challenge. They had a great result last weekend beating Wests Tigers after coming off the bye.â€Â

Fullback Brent Webb will make his 97th appearance for the Vodafone Warriors on Saturday night. After lifting his 2006 tally to eight tries last Sunday he now needs only one more try to top 200 points in his NRL career.

Standoff Jerome Ropati and second rower Louis Anderson play their 49th NRL games.

Ben Cummins has been named to referee the match. Gavin Badger, last Sunday’s referee, is one of the touch judges while Bill Harrigan is the video ref.
 

Jesbass_old

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1 BRENT WEBB
2 PATRICK AH VAN
3 TONY MARTIN
4 SIMON MANNERING
5 MANU VATUVEI
6 JEROME ROPATI
7 GRANT ROVELLI
8 RUBEN WIKI (C)
9 NATHAN FIEN
10 EVARN TUIMAVAVE
11 AWEN GUTTENBEIL
12 LOUIS ANDERSON
13 SIONE FAUMUINA

14 LANCE HOHAIA
15 SAM RAPIRA
16 WAIRANGI KOOPU
17 MICHEAL LUCK
 

warriorfaithful*_old

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Yeah i think that team was to be predicted. Interseting to see usual referee gavin badger has been demoted to touch judge lol.
 

warriors4life_old

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Yeah, no real surprises there. With Wesser and Gower on Origin duty I would rate us as a good chance to get our 4th win on the trot.
 

sebastian_old

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warriorfaithful* said:
Yeah i think that team was to be predicted. Interseting to see usual referee gavin badger has been demoted to touch judge lol.

Didn't he ref our game, gee it wasn't his fault we thrashed the bunnies, he only gave us 2 penalties.
 

edguy_old

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no injuries again and only pricey out .....very cool

we going from strength to strength , even over hear in oz people are starting to look at us as a threat again .........wooooooooooooooooo
feels good ....4 ina row 4 in a row 4 in a row .....

hey am i cheer leading???????????



" be looking good Warriors " be looking good !!!!!!

what movie is that from amerikiwi??????????????? lol
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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Consistency in selection brings consistency in performance. Good stuff! *thumbs up*
 

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