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Vodafone Warriors Jerome Ropati and Louis Anderson will make their 50th first-grade appearances in Sunday’s NRL clash against the fourth-placed Bulldogs at Telstra Stadium.

The two 21-year-olds again line up in a Vodafone Warriors side that’s been all but unchanged since starting a four-match winning streak against the Roosters on June 11.
The only change during that spell has come about through captain Steve Price’s State of Origin commitments but they finish for the season tomorrow night when he and his Queensland team-mates face New South Wales in the series-deciding third match at Melbourne’s Telstra Dome.

In his absence, the Vodafone Warriors picked up maximum points against Wests Tigers, the Roosters and Penrith while Ruben Wiki was stand-in captain.

“There have been a lot of pleasing aspects lately and one of them is the fact we have been able to win each time Steve was out of the side,†said head coach Ivan Cleary.
“That’s a reflection on the contribution every player has made but we’re also really fortunate to have a leader of Ruben’s ability when Steve’s not there.
“Now Steve’s set to return on a permanent basis, which can only help us at a time when we’ve able keep such a settled side together.â€Â

Sunday’s match provides personal milestones for Ropati and Anderson, the former making his debut in 2003 and the latter early in the 2004 season.
“For young players they have done extremely well and they’re certainly showing signs of developing to the next level,†said Cleary.

Anderson has crammed in an extraordinary amount of top-level football for a player who turned 21 only a week ago. Besides eyeing his 50th outing for the Vodafone Warriors he has also played 13 tests for the Kiwis already.
If the clash at Telstra Stadium will have meaning for Ropati and Anderson, it will also be a special occasion for Price who will play in front of a Bulldogs crowd for the first time since leaving his old club after the 2004 season.

In fact, this will be the first time the Vodafone Warriors have played the Bulldogs in Sydney since winning 48-22 in the 2003 finals. That match was the fourth leg of a five-match winning run for the Vodafone Warriors.

After beating the Roosters, Newcastle, South Sydney and Penrith in the last four rounds, the Vodafone Warriors can make it five on end again this weekend but Cleary’s more interested in the quality of the performance than the statistics.
“We won but won ugly against Penrith last weekend,†he said.
“It’s not a case of thinking about five in a row when we take on the Bulldogs. For us it’s all about putting together a much-improved overall performance.

“We held on well to beat the Panthers but the Bulldogs are at another level. They’re in the top four and have been playing really tough football for quite a few weeks now. We’ll have to be a whole lot better to match them.â€Â
The Bulldogs will have New South Wales front rowers Mark O’Meley and Willie Mason backing up from tomorrow night’s Origin match along with Queensland forward Nate Myles.

Late today Bulldogs centre Willie Tonga was also called into the Queensland squad to cover for Josh Hannay, who has a virus. At the same time, the Bulldogs will be missing former New Zealand winger Matt Utai and interchange prop Jarrad Hickey who both entered early guilty pleas of high tackle charges today.

Meanwhile, other milestones are in view for several Vodafone Warriors.

Fullback Brent Webb plays his 98th match on Sunday and loose forward Sione Faumuina his 97th.

Tony Martin, who scored 12 points in the win against Penrith, is now the NRL’s second highest points-scorer with 144, needing just six more points to join Hazem El Masri as the only other player to top 150 this season. He’s also poised to register the third highest individual points total in a season in the club’s history. Stacey Jones’ 147 points last season is just ahead while Cleary has the two best totals of 242 in 2002 and 173 in 2001.
Shayne Hayne has been appointed to referee Sunday’s match.

VODAFONE WARRIORS V BULLDOGS

Telstra Stadium, Sydney

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 (VC)

9
NATHAN FIEN

10
STEVE PRICE (C)

11
AWEN GUTTENBEIL

12
LOUIS ANDERSON

13
SIONE FAUMUINA

14
LANCE HOHAIA

15
EVARN TUIMAVAVE

16
WAIRANGI KOOPU

17
MICHEAL LUCK


18th MAN: SAM RAPIRA
 

warriorfaithful*_old

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Good to see the coaches and selectors are sticking with the same team and not moving people around etc.
GO THE WARRIORS!
 

Esoj_old

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oh god the taned one. could be an interesting match for all the wrong reasons. from what i have heard hayne has been having some shockers.
 

warriorfaithful*_old

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Esoj said:
oh god the taned one..

Lol. The tanned one, i like it! Lets just hope he refs ok on sunday. Consistency is all we ask for lol!!
 

JonB_old

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All this winning makes the team of the week threads ahell of alot more boring.....
Ivan can probaly say to most of us "I told you so!!!"
 

one-eyed-warrior_old

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I think the key to beating the bulldogs is to not be out mussed by their fowards so Rubes and pricey better do the damage. Ive noticed this year that the bulldogs( and NSW) dont go so well when mason and omeley get smashed alot. Take care of them and the rest should sit like good lil doggies.
 

warriorfaithful*_old

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one-eyed-warrior said:
I think the key to beating the bulldogs is to not be out mussed by their fowards so Rubes and pricey better do the damage. Ive noticed this year that the bulldogs( and NSW) dont go so well when mason and omeley get smashed alot. Take care of them and the rest should sit like good lil doggies.

Yeah thats quite true!
 

sebastian_old

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one-eyed-warrior said:
I think the key to beating the bulldogs is to not be out mussed by their fowards so Rubes and pricey better do the damage. Ive noticed this year that the bulldogs( and NSW) dont go so well when mason and omeley get smashed alot. Take care of them and the rest should sit like good lil doggies.

Its just like the old saying, "you go for there biggest leader & the rest will respect you". I like our chances the bulldogs are winning so there not going out to prove something(our last bulldogs game). Our forwards are confident which is the key to unlocking them & scoring. There are 2 teams that have truely unlocked the dogs, Manly & Newcastle. you notice people like Kennedy & perry got big hits in early, this disturbed the dogs rhythm & once you do that there actually quite easy to beat. If we are to win then not just Price & Wiki but evarn, luck, gutts & co have to step up & put some bone crunchers in. Sione is our weakness in this game, the dogs wait for attacking mistakes & turn them in trys, so Sione no offloads, AT ALL!!!
 

one-eyed-warrior_old

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[. Sione is our weakness in this game, the dogs wait for attacking mistakes & turn them in trys, so Sione no offloads, AT ALL!!![/quote]

Yeah, u get that Sione. (remeber what happend to toopi Sione)
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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Like always we can't take our opposition too lightly. Bulldogs played well against the Tigers, and defenseively they were quite sound so all our backs have to try and not let themselves get caught too deep in their own zone
 

warriors4life_old

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No real surprises in that team, good to see a winning line-up is retained.
 

Kav_old

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Size will not be the problem - we can match them. It is guile that I am worried about particularly Sonny Bill's. This game will show us if we have what it takes to be there in the finals; not what has gone before in the previous four matches.

Kav
 

danco_old

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pricy should come off the bench. tonight he is going to rip nsw apart and will be tired. but we will win,
 

warriors4life_old

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danco said:
pricy should come off the bench. tonight he is going to rip nsw apart and will be tired. but we will win,

Yeah, hope so. Go Queensland!!!
 

tezzah_old

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The Bulldogs outclassed The NZ Warriors at Ericcson the last time they played.

The Bulldogs looked more dominant in every facet 30 to 16 in round 8! Lets all hope that the boys make it 5!

This will be the game that will show all that the NZ Warriors are back on the blocks - those previous teams were Mickey Mouse teams!
 

sebastian_old

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tezzah said:
The Bulldogs outclassed The NZ Warriors at Ericcson the last time they played.

The Bulldogs looked more dominant in every facet 30 to 16 in round 8! Lets all hope that the boys make it 5!

This will be the game that will show all that the NZ Warriors are back on the blocks - those previous teams were Mickey Mouse teams!

your right we are a changed team & the dogs are basicallly the same, we have a better dummy half, a better half back & the props match & all the other forwards are firing. Oh & Byrnes not there to stuff up the line break that would've put us in front. Its time to put these mongrel dogs down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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tezzah said:
The Bulldogs outclassed The NZ Warriors at Ericcson the last time they played.

The Bulldogs looked more dominant in every facet 30 to 16 in round 8! Lets all hope that the boys make it 5!

This will be the game that will show all that the NZ Warriors are back on the blocks - those previous teams were Mickey Mouse teams!

Your not wrong there
 

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