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JonB_old

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Prop Sam Rapira will make his first-grade debut for the Vodafone Warriors in their NRL clash against Wests Tigers at Ericsson Stadium on Saturday night.
With captain Steve Price on State of Origin duty with Queensland, the 19-year-old Huntly-raised Rapira comes onto the bench while Evarn Tuimavave is promoted to the starting line-up for the second time in three matches.
Rapira, yet another product from the club’s Allied Work Force elite development programme, was the Vodafone Warriors’ 18th man for their second-round match against Parramatta in Hamilton in March.
The other change in the side named by head coach Ivan Cleary today sees Kiwi back rower Louis Anderson return on the bench after being given a break for last weekend’s encounter with the St George Illawarra Dragons.
Centre Clinton Toopi, who was on the interchange bench against the Dragons, is out of the squad as is winger Todd Byrne, the 18th man in Wollongong.
“We always knew we were likely to lose Steve for Origin at this time of the year so it’s a great chance to bring Sam into first-grade football,†said Cleary.
“He deserves this. He has worked hard with the first-grade squad ever since we started off-season training and he has also been impressive for Waicoa Bay in the Bartercard Cup.â€Â
Cleary said a loss of form had forced him to omit Toopi.
“Clinton isn’t giving us what we expect of him at the moment,†he said.
“He needs to regroup and hopefully he’ll come back into contention again very soon. There’s no question about his ability. We just need some consistency from him.
“We used Simon Mannering in Clinton’s position against the Dragons and he did well.â€Â
Rapira will become the Vodafone Warriors’ 131st first-grader and the club’s sixth new player this year after Micheal Luck, Grant Rovelli, George Gatis, Patrick Ah Van and Misi Taulapapa. He is the Vodafone Warriors’ fourth NRL rookie this season joining Rovelli, Ah Van and Taulapapa.
“We’ve seen with Grant, Patrick and Misi that they’ve all handled the step up to the NRL really well,†said Cleary.
“While we are disappointed with our overall results this year, we’ve been pleased with the way the new boys have come in and shown what they can do. We’re looking forward to Sam taking his chance on Saturday night.â€Â
Both the Vodafone Warriors and Wests Tigers have lost their captains to Origin selection for this match, Price to Queensland and Tigers fullback Brett Hodgson to New South Wales.
But the Tigers will come to Ericsson Stadium with brilliant standoff Benji Marshall in their side this time. The Kiwi international missed the third-round encounter between the two sides in Christchurch on March 25 when the Vodafone Warriors won 26-10.
This match will be centre Tony Martin’s 99th first-grade appearance leaving him set to reach his 100th milestone against Cronulla on Saturday week.
Jarred Maxwell has been appointed referee on Saturday night. He controlled the Penrith-South Sydney match last weekend.
 

commonsense_old

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looks good. its good that clearly is not afraid to take a throw at the dice.

cant wait to see rapira play. never seen him in action before but have heard heaps about him..

anyone know when lance hohaia will be back from injury?
 

JonB_old

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PHANTOM MENACE said:
Wheres da team

Somewhere in Auckland I imagine, if you read the article it is figa-ra-outable......
i was actualy in a rush so thats what I put in as a title. sorry PM
 

PHANTOM MENACE_old

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Sorry mate. Just thought i would see 1-17. I scimmed read and saw Toopi wasnt there so im happy
 

KeepingTheFaith_old

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So I take it Vatuvai pulled up ok after the Dragons game? Not sure about Anderson coming back. I rate him as a player, but if he's really that fatigued I'd have given him an extra week.
 

Wiki_old

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I just punched the air!

Woohoo. This is what I have been waiting for.

Our new boys are coming through, and don't we know it! I am stoked to see Mannering retain his spot as he will only get better with experience. Don't know about Louis's selection, I would have liked to see Fai get in but judging on his performance against Canterbury Bulls, I wouldn't have selected him either.

This is what we wanted, our new boys coming through and now they are!

Misi, Ah Van, Rapira, Mannering. Just waiting on Fai and Vuna now.

Stoked with Cleary right now, he is axing those that don't deserve it and I am all for that.
 

da mad maori

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"da teams here"Vs Tigers

Webb
Manu
Martin
Mannering
Misi
Ropati
Rovelli
Wiki [C]
Fein
Tuimavavae
Guttenbeil
Koopu
Sione.

Gatis...Rapira...Anderson...Luck.
 

Wiki_old

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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
EVARN TUIMAVAVE

11
AWEN GUTTENBEIL

12
WAIRANGI KOOPU

13
SIONE FAUMUINA

14
GEORGE GATIS

15
SAM RAPIRA

16
LOUIS ANDERSON

17
MICHEAL LUCK
 

patty_old

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not good enough...impressed that rapira is getting a go but i think we should have goergie t on the bench as well. without steve price who plays 80 minutes we will have 3 props who in my opinion wont last the whole game. tigers have a little forward pack and if we have fresh props changing they could struggle to old us back in the middle. especially since rapira first grade debut he should share the work load with another prop...
 

da mad maori

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The high for me is to see Clinton out of the squad. Sure I defended his name, but not his performances on the field. Having said that, I just hope he enjoys his time off and returns refreshed and ready to do the business. If he doesnt, then we move on.
Actually great to finally see Rapira get a go. And I hope he challenges for a 'bench position straight off. That would be great for one of our positions where we are'nt all that stacked up. And it took Tuimavavae 3 seasons to come into contention. And Lauaki the same.
The battle for me is between Marshall and Rovelli. Marshall has all the talent in the world, as for Rovelli, well he's had one game in the No 7, so this will be another test as to how he fares.
Now Ivan, all the best bro, even your have been tested, and to date, you are doing exactly what is needed to be done so kia kaha, mate.
 

Wiki_old

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Luck can handle it out there. I have huge wraps on this guy. A hard worker, solid defender, and pushes for metres everytime he gets the ball. Nothing too special, but everytime needs one.

Between Luck, Rapira, Ruben and Tuimavavae I think we should be ok.

Keep in kind Luck isn't actually a prop, but I imagine he could fit in there, no? Has he lined up there this year at any stage?
 

da mad maori

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Well its good to see we agree on one thing Wiki. I like Luck also. Working man who aint that flash. He can play prop, but hasnt with us.
Patty I agree with you to a certain extent, but too many inexperienced men out there could be our downfall. But in saying that I too hope he gets a run in the near future.
 

Esoj_old

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well cleary is defintely giving the young guns a go which is good, rapira gets his chance this week to show what he can do
 

Esoj_old

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I am sure others will get a chance at some point in this season. Ivan so far has shown he has not afraid to give some of the less inexperinced and younger guys a go.
 

sebastian_old

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patty said:
not good enough...impressed that rapira is getting a go but i think we should have goergie t on the bench as well. without steve price who plays 80 minutes we will have 3 props who in my opinion wont last the whole game. tigers have a little forward pack and if we have fresh props changing they could struggle to old us back in the middle. especially since rapira first grade debut he should share the work load with another prop...

I agree on george tukara, however i don't think we'll ever see him. I think they don't see him as a player of the future, maybe he is older but he's spirit is very domanting like feka. Anyway all the best to sam, he's earnt a go, so go show em sam.
 

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