General Rd 19 - Warriors Vs Broncos - The Beast Is Back!

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Winger Manu Vatuvei returns as expected but centre Konrad Hurrell has been ruled out for the Vodafone Warriors’ 19th-round NRL match against the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night (7.30pm kick-off local time).

Vatuvei, the club’s try-scoring record holder, again trained impressively today before the team to face the fourth-placed Broncos was confirmed.

After having surgery on his left knee on June 22, he has recovered quickly to make his comeback within the three-four week time frame initially predicted.

Hurrell, who left the field with a foot injury in Saturday night’s match against Gold Coast, trained in the gym today.
Vodafone Warriors head coach Brian McClennan was still hopeful as the team trained that the rookie sensation might recover in time but by mid-afternoon Hurrell had been forced out.
His unavailability sees Lewis Brown starting in the centres after playing in the position for the last 24 minutes of the Gold Coast match after Hurrell left the field.

“Kon’s not going to be right this week but we’re hopeful he’ll miss just this week and will be back for our home game against Newcastle (on July 21),” he said.

“Lewie knows the position well. He played there for most of the second half after Kon went off on Saturday night and we know he’ll do a really good job for us against the Broncos.

“While we’ve lost Kon it’s a big boost to have Manu back. He’s such an important part of our team for so many reasons. He’s been training terrifically and it’s great having his experience out there.”
Hurrell was in devastating touch against the Titans, scoring his first NRL hat-trick to lift his tally for the season to 12 in 12 appearances, elevating him to third on the try-scoring chart.

With Brown starting in the centres, Omar Slaimankhel has been named on a five-man interchange along with former Vodafone Junior Warriors back rower Sebastine Ikahihifo, who appeared in the 2010 and 2011 NYC grand final triumphs. He has been a regular for the Auckland Vulcans in the New South Wales Cup this year.
Not available for selection was veteran loose forward Micheal Luck along with long-term casualties Jerome Ropati and Sam Rapira as well as shorter-term injured players Alehana Mara and Glen Fisiiahi.

Vatuvei comes back for his 146th career game three tries short of becoming the first player in the club’s history to score 100 NRL tries. His return and the benefit of Brown’s 76 games in the NRL will markedly boost the experience in the backline which, in the last three matches, has had an average age of just 21.71 and just 33 games a player.

The Vodafone Warriors head into the game sitting in eighth place ahead of Wests Tigers on points for and against. The points for total of 388, is the second best in the competition, bettered only by Melbourne’s total of 400 points. Brisbane sits four points ahead of the Vodafone Warriors on the ladder on 24 points.


VODAFONE WARRIORS v BRISBANE BRONCOS
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
7.30pm, Friday, July 13
VODAFONE WARRIORS
1 KEVIN LOCKE
2 BILL TUPOU
3 BEN HENRY
4 LEWIS BROWN
5 MANU VATUVEI
6 JAMES MALONEY
7 SHAUN JOHNSON
8 RUSSELL PACKER
9 NATHAN FRIEND
10 BEN MATULINO
11 FELETI MATEO
12 SIMON MANNERING (c)
13 ELIJAH TAYLOR
Interchange:
14 OMAR SLAIMANKHEL
15 SIONE LOUSI
16 JACOB LILLYMAN
17 STEVE RAPIRA
18 SEBASTINE IKAHIHIFO
HEAD COACH: BRIAN McCLENNAN

https://www.warriors.co.nz/news-display/Vatuvei-in-Hurrell-out-for-Brisbane-trip/58952
 
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NRL.com and Daily Tele posted unchanged line-ups... dicks.

Alex Glenn is happy with that team.
 
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inb4 wheres godinet posts
 
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If this team takes the field i think we've got a decent chance.. obviously still doubts about whether Locke will play.

I'm looking forward to this game! and looking forward to seeing the beast back in action - i hope he goes great and silences his critics once and for all! jks, but i do hope he goes well.
 
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Man i wish we had some centers
 
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If this team takes the field i think we've got a decent chance.. obviously still doubts about whether Locke will play.

I'm looking forward to this game! and looking forward to seeing the beast back in action - i hope he goes great and silences his critics once and for all! jks, but i do hope he goes well.
Now the radio, Manu said that this last opp has helped by 'freeing' his knees and he's able to run faster than he has for a long time. Now if only they can do an opp that will help him with his ball security? ;)
 
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I think Konrad will be there and Omar will drop off. Then we would be more than a chance. My confidence takes a dive when I see Brown in the centres.
 
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If we go in with that line up intact and Locke comes right then this game should hopefully be another W... Love the games against the Broncs, the intensity is huge and we always take it to the next level... Our boys by 8pts
 
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Vatuvei back....stink. Nah I hope he goes well, gutted about Koncrete he is the new Beast! hope he comes back soon. Brown in the centres, geez why the hell did we let Inu go.
 
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im hoping our boys can muscle up like they did they first time we played them. would love to see some epic hits from Big Ben and rapira on thirdmanin
 
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If this team takes the field i think we've got a decent chance.. obviously still doubts about whether Locke will play.

I'm looking forward to this game! and looking forward to seeing the beast back in action - i hope he goes great and silences his critics once and for all! jks, but i do hope he goes well.

I dont think Lockes leg injury is anything that he will recover from anytime soon https://www.tendonitisexpert.com/myositis-ossificans.html ...he will either be able to play with
the pain or he wont, and it doesn't look like it will get any worse, unless he cops another bad knock in the same spot.
 
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Now the radio, Manu said that this last opp has helped by 'freeing' his knees and he's able to run faster than he has for a long time. Now if only they can do an opp that will help him with his ball security? ;)
It's pretty obvious his knee was giving way just as he's trying to catch the ball, resulting in his hands shifting down ever so slightly and him dropping the ball.

But seriously, that's great news, if true.. although, even though he has lost a bit of pace, i think his top speed is fine, more his acceleration and lateral movement that has been lacking .. ever since that fucker dove at his knee last year. Hopefully he's also suggesting he's got a bit of that back?

I dont think Lockes leg injury is anything that he will recover from anytime soon https://www.tendonitisexpert.com/myositis-ossificans.html ...he will either be able to play with
the pain or he wont, and it doesn't look like it will get any worse, unless he cops another bad knock in the same spot.
Sounds painful.. but still, if it's only pain, does that mean he can have some sort of injection/man up and play out the rest of the season? He doesn't look 100% but I'd take Kevin at 80% over any other option.

Love the games against the Broncs, the intensity is huge and we always take it to the next level... Our boys by 8pts
Except for the last time we played them at Suncorp..
 
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Vatuvei back....stink. Nah I hope he goes well, gutted about Koncrete he is the new Beast! hope he comes back soon. Brown in the centres, geez why the hell did we let Inu go.
LOL that was my initial though exactly.
 
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Now the radio, Manu said that this last opp has helped by 'freeing' his knees and he's able to run faster than he has for a long time. Now if only they can do an opp that will help him with his ball security? ;)

Having been born with the rare abnormality known as "tennis rackets for hands" I believe a tennis racket to hand transplant is his only hope.
 
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Wonder if they will keep Omar on the Bench. If anyone in the back goes down and he's not there, then we are meat.

Still like to see Godinet get another turn. He hasn't done much wrong in the Warriors jersey.
 
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Looks like we are going for size on the bench. some how I don't think this will be the run on side. I'd put an asrtreix next to Locke and Manu
 
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Just noticed Locke eating some ass
 
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Looks like we are going for size on the bench. some how I don't think this will be the run on side. I'd put an asrtreix next to Locke and Manu
Well it's no secret that there's some doubt surrounding Locke. Manu by all accounts is ready for action.. unless you have a secret source?
 
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