Team List Rd 25 vs Dragons

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01 Jan 1970 12:00PM

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ajofbrisbane

ajofbrisbane

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Vodafone Warriors hooker Alehana Mara and front rower Ukuma Ta’ai have been recalled to replace the injured Nathan Friend and Steve Rapira for Saturday night’s 25th-round NRL clash against St George Illawarra at WIN Stadium in Wollongong (5.30pm kick-off local time).
Hooker Friend was forced off 27 minutes into last Sunday’s match against Penrith after dislocating his right shoulder. A decision is yet to be made whether he requires surgery.
Rapira, making only his second appearance at home, has a tear in his right hamstring which is set to keep him out of not just this match against the Dragons but also the season finale against Canberra on Sunday, September 2.
Pita Godinet, who was used off the bench to replace Friend against the Panthers, starts at hooker on Saturday night with Alehana Mara named on a five-man bench. Mara broke his right fibula in the opening minutes of the 14th-round match against Penrith on June 11 and made his comeback via the Auckland Vulcans in their last two matches in the New South Wales Cup.
Ta’ai is back in the squad after appearing in the first 10 rounds of the season; he has been with the Vulcans in the New South Wales Cup since.
Micheal Luck returns to start at loose forward after playing 41 minutes off the bench against North Queensland and 58 minutes against Penrith in last Sunday’s 16-18 loss to Penrith.
The match will be Tony Iro’s first in charge after being called in to guide the side in the last two games of the 2012 campaign following head coach Brian McClennan’s departure this morning.
“It’s been a difficult day for all of us,” said Iro.
“We’re all disappointed with what has happened this season but we’re all in this together and our job now is to keep working as hard as we can to try to bring about a positive end to the season.”
While the Vodafone Warriors are battling in 13th spot on the NRL ladder with eight wins and 14 losses, Saturday night’s match will provide another significant personal milestone, this time for prop Russell Packer.
Still only 22, the Foxton product will play his 100th NRL game, becoming the club’s second NYC graduate (Ben Matulino was the first) to reach the mark after making his debut as an 18-year-old in the NYC’s first season in 2008. The 21st player to join the Vodafone Warriors’ 100-game club, Packer is one of seven of the squad to have appeared in all 22 games so far this season.
Luck will be playing his 149th game for the Vodafone Warriors, leaving him set to become the club’s seventh 150-game player when he makes his farewell appearance in the last game of the season against the Raiders.
Starting the centres again will be Ben Henry, another player who has been ever-present this year. His try-scoring double last week lifted his tally to eight in his rookie season. He was one of the Vodafone Warriors’ best against Penrith, making 119 metres from 11 runs, six tackle breaks, two off loads and a line break.
With three conversions last Sunday, James Maloney lifted his points tally past 150, the third time he has achieved it in his three seasons with the Vodafone Warriors.


VODAFONE WARRIORS v ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
WIN Stadium, Wollongong
5.30pm, Saturday, August 25
VODAFONE WARRIORS

1 CARLOS TUIMAVAVE
2 BILL TUPOU
3 BEN HENRY
4 LEWIS BROWN
5 MANU VATUVEI
6 JAMES MALONEY
7 SHAUN JOHNSON
8 RUSSELL PACKER
9 PITA GODINET
10 JACOB LILLYMAN
11 FELETI MATEO
12 ELIJAH TAYLOR
13 MICHEAL LUCK

Interchange:
14 ALEHANA MARA
15 UKUMA TA’AI
16 SIONE LOUSI
17 SEBASTINE IKAHIHIFO
20 KONRAD HURRELL

HEAD COACH: BRIAN McCLENNAN


https://www.thewarriors.com.au/news-display/Mara and Taai back for Vodafone Warriors/62189
 
BA-AD Luck

BA-AD Luck

I like the balance of this side already. Interesting to see Ta'ai brought straight back in (didn't read article) if only Inu was playing Vulcans, would he have been brought back in too? Selection of coach is interesting though...
 
ShaunJohnson7

ShaunJohnson7

Why are Brown and Maloney even still in the team, both have been garbage and we should use this as an opportunity to give some other guys a run.....even start mara and play godinet in the halves.

btw is Fish STILL injured? Did he break a leg or something???
 
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jsmooove

jsmooove

completely forget there was a team announced today. happy to see michael luck starting at 13 where he should be. I really like that back row

Id say if Konrad was fit he will replace brown.
 
Fonzies Tram Line

Fonzies Tram Line

VODAFONE WARRIORS v ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
WIN Stadium, Wollongong
5.30pm, Saturday, August 25
VODAFONE WARRIORS
1 CARLOS TUIMAVAVE
2 BILL TUPOU
3 BEN HENRY
4 LEWIS BROWN
5 MANU VATUVEI
6 JAMES MALONEY
7 SHAUN JOHNSON
8 RUSSELL PACKER
9 PITA GODINET
10 JACOB LILLYMAN
11 FELETI MATEO
12 ELIJAH TAYLOR
13 MICHEAL LUCK
Interchange:
14 ALEHANA MARA
15 UKUMA TA’AI
16 SIONE LOUSI
17 SEBASTINE IKAHIHIFO
20 KONRAD HURRELL
HEAD COACH: BRIAN McCLENNAN


https://www.thewarriors.com.au/news-display/Mara and Taai back for Vodafone Warriors/62189[/quote]
 
ajofbrisbane

ajofbrisbane

VODAFONE WARRIORS v ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
WIN Stadium, Wollongong
5.30pm, Saturday, August 25
VODAFONE WARRIORS
1 CARLOS TUIMAVAVE
2 BILL TUPOU
3 BEN HENRY
4 LEWIS BROWN
5 MANU VATUVEI
6 JAMES MALONEY
7 SHAUN JOHNSON
8 RUSSELL PACKER
9 PITA GODINET
10 JACOB LILLYMAN
11 FELETI MATEO
12 ELIJAH TAYLOR
13 MICHEAL LUCK
Interchange:
14 ALEHANA MARA
15 UKUMA TA’AI
16 SIONE LOUSI
17 SEBASTINE IKAHIHIFO
20 KONRAD HURRELL
HEAD COACH: BRIAN McCLENNAN


https://www.thewarriors.com.au/news-display/Mara and Taai back for Vodafone Warriors/62189
[/quote]

Obvisouly no one to proof read at the Warriors
 
WellingtonOrca

WellingtonOrca

I'd still send Carlos back to NYC to see if we can at least win that!

Exposure to the top grade is probably good for him, and he's played enough games in the NYC to be able to rejoin them for the finals.
 
Jah

Jah

should put mara in to start Godinet to fullback and Carlos to centre and F@#K lewis brown off to penrith come on Tony dont follow in Blueys mistakes try something different.
 
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Est95

Est95

should put mara in to start Godinet to fullback and Carlos to centre and F@#K lewis brown off to penrith come on Tony dont follow in Blueys mistakes try something different.
totally agree, Brown at centre is FAIL, come to think of it Brown in the 17 is FAIL...
 
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¿N. ig-mah¿

¿N. ig-mah¿

I guess the Tupou journey continues.

Happy to see Godinet in again.
I assume Ukuma is the only option to cover prop.
I agree that maybe Carlos should be leading the U20s to yet another title, but I also think he has played too well to be dropped.
I kinda agree with the sentiment of giving Johnson the kick up the arse in the Vulcans with Pita in the halves but also know that there wouldn't be too many coaches that would drop Johnson.
I would think that Konrad is suspected of another injury or would have returned this week. Pretty sure I read he scored 2 for the Vulcans, but went off hurt.

Not really too many more options available, with all the injuries we have had.
Would have liked to see Sam Lousi get another run. Player of the Year for the Vulcans and I reckon would do well with more minutes in first grade.
 

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