General Ropati identifies ruck area

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The New Zealand Warriors will look to be defensively strong around the ruck in their NRL clash with Parramatta on Saturday night.

The Eels made plenty of runs from dummy half in their loss to Newcastle last weekend, with hooker and former Warrior P J Marsh just one of a number of players involved.

The Warriors are expecting more of the same from Parramatta in Hamilton, five-eighth Jerome Ropati said.

"If you look at their stats last week, they ran from dummy half 44 times and we ran about 18," he said.

"So I think they'll be attacking from dummy half quite a bit."Marsh, who was among the Eels' best in their 25-6 defeat to the Knights, will start on the bench at Waikato Stadium, making way for the return of Mark Riddell from an ankle injury.

Like the Warriors in their 22-16 loss to Melbourne last Sunday, Parramatta made too many mistakes against Newcastle.

But Ropati predicted the Eels would come out "all guns blazing" at a ground where they beat the Warriors 28-18 last season.

The west Sydney club will have history on their side in what for them is a "home" fixture.

The Warriors have not won in New Zealand outside of Auckland in nine previous attempts, their best result being a 24-24 draw against the Bulldogs in Wellington in 2001.

He said the Warriors, while technically playing "away", could also bank on plenty of support from fans in the stands.

Meanwhile, Ropati was rapt to be back in his preferred position after having operated mainly in the centres last season.

He was also used as fullback cover for an injured Brent Webb, and occupied that role for his only test cap, against Australia in Brisbane last April.

His last appearance at five-eighth was in the round-nine match against Cronulla in Perth in May.

Ropati has been handed the No. 6 jersey because of the unavailability of first-choice Sione Faumuina, who is starting a two-week ban for a careless high tackle against the Storm.

"It's going to take a bit of time to adjust my game from centre, but I'm pretty excited," Ropati said.

"Six is more of a complicated role and I'm not going to push things this week. I'm just going back to the basics and getting familiar with the role again."
 

-Dr.J-_old

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GO JEROME

*$%*%@#*%*$@$

I really hope he owns up and sits half of this site down for their negativity

It's like they want him to fail!
 

PB_old

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I'd say that everyone on the site is more than happy to be wrong on any player if it means the team is successful DR J, but one brilliant performance won't be enough to change most minds on a player. They'll have to back it up. I hope they do.
 

KeepingTheFaith_old

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He's going to take time to adjust to the role? Going back to basics and getting familiar with the role? Don't want to put any pressure on the guy but he's got 2 weeks to show why Sione should be pushed back into the pack otherwise it's out into the centres he goes again.
 

Northern_Union

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Yep Polar Bob correct, i'd personally be very happy if everytime i bag a player he then strings together a heap of top line performances and i have to eat my words IF it means our team goes on a winning streak.
 

Iafeta_old

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-Dr.J- said:
GO JEROME

*$%*%@#*%*$@$

I really hope he owns up and sits half of this site down for their negativity

It's like they want him to fail!

What a load of hogwash.

Don't try and read too much into things or make inferences that clearly are miles off the mark. For the record, I hope he comes up with a 5 star performance, I have my doubts.
 

da mad maori

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I'm with you "J". First time I've entered a debate on this weeks team. And I like it right across the park.
I am going about giving this 'club' five rounds to get it all together. THEN, hopefully we can start 'rocking'.
And when we do, there will still be the "knockers".
 

jaws_old

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Iafeta said:
-Dr.J- said:
GO JEROME

*$%*%@#*%*$@$

I really hope he owns up and sits half of this site down for their negativity

It's like they want him to fail!

What a load of hogwash.

Don't try and read too much into things or make inferences that clearly are miles off the mark. For the record, I hope he comes up with a 5 star performance, I have my doubts.

I love the avatar. Very funny.

I am all for throwing youngsters into the deep end. Sometimes they realise they can't touch bottom and panic. I think this bloke will go alright.
 

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