General Vodafone Warriors Unchanged For Clash Against Bulldogs

Jesbass_old

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From the official website of the Vodafone Warriors, www.warriors.co.nz:

Vodafone Warriors head coach Ivan Cleary had little hesitation today settling on the same 17 players for his side’s NRL encounter with the Bulldogs at Ericsson Stadium on Sunday.

The only slight change comes in the starting combination.

While Jerome Ropati, a late addition for last Saturday night’s 46-14 win over South Sydney, will again start at standoff, back rower Micheal Luck reverts to the interchange bench, allowing veteran Awen Guttenbeil to return to the run-on side.

Ropati’s selection means Grant Rovelli goes back to the bench alongside Luck, Evarn Tuimavave and Sione Faumuina.

“After the injuries we’ve had recently, it’s encouraging to not only win our last start but to know we don’t have any new injuries either,†said Cleary.

Giant Kiwi winger Manu Vatuvei, who has missed the last three matches with a hamstring complaint, hasn’t yet fully recovered and his replacement Patrick Ah Van faces another three weeks on the sideline with his shoulder injury.

But, despite losing Vatuvei and then Ah Van, Cleary was impressed with the way 24-year-old winger Misi Taulapapa handled his introduction to first-grade football against the Rabbitohs.

“First Patrick and now Misi have shown what they can do at this level and that’s a real credit to the Bartercard Cup. Both of those players showed they could cope with the step up,†he said.

While Cleary was pleased with Taulapapa’s contribution, the key to the Vodafone Warriors’ third – and biggest – win of the season had been the contribution of the side’s three most experienced players.

“Steve (Price), Ruben (Wiki) and Awen (Guttenbeil) are the ones we need to lead from the front and they were all outstanding in that respect against South Sydney. We’ll need a lot more of the same against the Bulldogs,†said Cleary.

The visitors will come into the match on the back of a heavy 14-40 defeat by Manly yesterday after winning their previous two starts against South Sydney (26-18) and Canberra (30-12).

“Their effort against Manly wasn’t what you’d expect and we know they have much more to offer,†said Cleary.

Sonny Bill Williams will be another factor, especially coming into this match with two runs behind him since his return from injury.

The Vodafone Warriors take on the Bulldogs after producing a number of firsts on Saturday night. Steve Price, at his 23rd attempt, scored his first try for the club as did hooker George Gatis, who was making only his fifth appearance as a Vodafone Warrior. Winger Todd Byrne crossed for his first try of the season, the players won at home for the first time this season and also had their maiden victory in the new black strip.

Centre Tony Martin produced the club’s third highest match haul by an individual, his 22 points from a try and nine goals was six points short of the record of 28 jointly held by Cleary (2002) and Gene Ngamu (1996). Martin now has 62 points this season, lifting his career total for the club to 96 and his NRL total to 194.
 

ozbash_old

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i like him off the bench, offers impact.

great to see JRo on the run on list. hope his leg is ok.
 

AmeriKiwi_old

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Awen`s been as tough as nails lately... he dragged 3 tacklers on his back like they were ragdolls more than once the other night, and guys like him are just what the Warriors need. Nothing against Luck, but it`s a smart move by Ivan.
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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If Ropo doesn't make a better impression this weekend I won't be happy and for alot of reasons. Not entirely happy with him in the side at all, yes yes I know everyone else doesn't mind him there but I don't.
 

onan the barbarian_old

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Bulldogs side vs. Warriors

1. Luke Patten
2. Hazem El Masri
3. Andrew Emelio
4. Willie Tonga
5. Matt Utai
6 Reni Maitua
7. Daniel Holdsworth
8. Mark O'Meley
9. Corey Hughes
10. Roy Asotasi
11. Willie Mason
12. Andrew Ryan (C)
13. Tony Grimaldi

Interchange:
14. Adam Perry
15. Chris Armit
16. Sonny Bill Williams
17. Brad Morrin


Good luck guys, I think we might have fired up the Dogs for this one :). Hopefully you can smash them as well.
 

mattyj_old

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Dogs got samashed last weekend, thats not a good thing for us, they are possibly the proudest team in Rugby League.

Danger

Patten (safe as houses especially under predictable Fein bombs)

Utai vs Byrne

Sonny Bill in the last 10-15 of each half

Big Willie (big shot early and he will go quiet, enter mr Wiki)

Guaranteed 6 point tries with El masri

Pretty similar squads IMO,
strong props
weak halves
hot and cold centres
safe kickers
Impact off the bench (Sione and Williams)
Ryan & Grimaldi and Lui & Awen


The only difference being one team got a flogging last weekend and one team gave a flogging last weekend.
 

AliN_old

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Skinny_Ravs82 said:
If Ropo doesn't make a better impression this weekend I won't be happy and for alot of reasons. Not entirely happy with him in the side at all, yes yes I know everyone else doesn't mind him there but I don't.

Have ytou been listening to NZWarrior too much, and his all consuming hatred for young Ropati?

Toddy, aside from JRo's injury and being on the field far too long after that, what about his defence, 24 tackles isn 't to be sneezed at. 2nd equal with Wai in the match.
He's settling in nicely imo, and hopefully won't get injured again this week.
 

sebastian_old

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Great team & with the bulldogs running around like headless chickens, we will win. You have to remember we only lost by 2 last year they had anasta, & we didn't have price, i think that's probally more than a 2 point difference.
 

PHANTOM MENACE_old

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So with this squad and no Lance is that a signal no test for him coming up
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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AliN said:
Skinny_Ravs82 said:
If Ropo doesn't make a better impression this weekend I won't be happy and for alot of reasons. Not entirely happy with him in the side at all, yes yes I know everyone else doesn't mind him there but I don't.

Have ytou been listening to NZWarrior too much, and his all consuming hatred for young Ropati?

Toddy, aside from JRo's injury and being on the field far too long after that, what about his defence, 24 tackles isn 't to be sneezed at. 2nd equal with Wai in the match.
He's settling in nicely imo, and hopefully won't get injured again this week.

Nope, my opinion of Ropo is something I usually keep to myself. I know what Nzwarrior says about him and don't agree alot of the time. Yup Ropo's defense was good as I've seen I'm not denyin him that fact (better than it was before certainly)
 

ozbash_old

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JRo will be #6 for the kiwis skinny, the highest honour.

he will have earned his spot.
 

Paul Holmes_old

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Skinny_Ravs82 said:
AliN said:
Skinny_Ravs82 said:
If Ropo doesn't make a better impression this weekend I won't be happy and for alot of reasons. Not entirely happy with him in the side at all, yes yes I know everyone else doesn't mind him there but I don't.

Have ytou been listening to NZWarrior too much, and his all consuming hatred for young Ropati?

Toddy, aside from JRo's injury and being on the field far too long after that, what about his defence, 24 tackles isn 't to be sneezed at. 2nd equal with Wai in the match.
He's settling in nicely imo, and hopefully won't get injured again this week.

Nope, my opinion of Ropo is something I usually keep to myself. I know what Nzwarrior says about him and don't agree alot of the time. Yup Ropo's defense was good as I've seen I'm not denyin him that fact (better than it was before certainly)
jeromes keeping her boyfriend out of the number 6 jersey thats why
 

one-eyed-warrior_old

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Skinny_Ravs82 said:
If Ropo doesn't make a better impression this weekend I won't be happy and for alot of reasons. Not entirely happy with him in the side at all, yes yes I know everyone else doesn't mind him there but I don't.

Who would you put in there instead?
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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Paul Holmes said:
Skinny_Ravs82 said:
AliN said:
Skinny_Ravs82 said:
If Ropo doesn't make a better impression this weekend I won't be happy and for alot of reasons. Not entirely happy with him in the side at all, yes yes I know everyone else doesn't mind him there but I don't.

Have ytou been listening to NZWarrior too much, and his all consuming hatred for young Ropati?

Toddy, aside from JRo's injury and being on the field far too long after that, what about his defence, 24 tackles isn 't to be sneezed at. 2nd equal with Wai in the match.
He's settling in nicely imo, and hopefully won't get injured again this week.

Nope, my opinion of Ropo is something I usually keep to myself. I know what Nzwarrior says about him and don't agree alot of the time. Yup Ropo's defense was good as I've seen I'm not denyin him that fact (better than it was before certainly)
jeromes keeping her boyfriend out of the number 6 jersey thats why

..yeah..wahtever you say **yawn**
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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one-eyed-warrior said:
Skinny_Ravs82 said:
If Ropo doesn't make a better impression this weekend I won't be happy and for alot of reasons. Not entirely happy with him in the side at all, yes yes I know everyone else doesn't mind him there but I don't.

Who would you put in there instead?

just about anyone bar him and sione :p call me bias but hey that's my business
Wait, perhaps you should just as Paul Holmes about that. He's made up his mind about me already
 

Wiki_old

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Skinny_Ravs82 said:
If Ropo doesn't make a better impression this weekend I won't be happy and for alot of reasons. Not entirely happy with him in the side at all, yes yes I know everyone else doesn't mind him there but I don't.

Actually I now get scared when Ropati doesn't play a 6.

The only player that SURELY doesn't deserve to be there is Byrne.

I hope Misi has a huge game and then Vatuvei comes back and Misi and Vatuvei have the wings.

Other than that I am all happy.
 

da mad maori

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Just question the change of Awen for Luck. For mine Luck will test the line stronger than Awen. And there is sting in his tackles. I would have preferred Luck to start. But hey, one cant argue than Awen hasnt been up to it. He certainly has given his all over the last few week.
That dog-pak cannot be under-estimated. If they get a role on then all hell could break loose.
I also think our line will have be a lot sharper in moving into their faces, than it was against the rabbits.
 

guten targ_old

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I wouldn't mind making a slight change actually...Webb to stand off and Misi at the back, way that boy brought the ball back he impressed the hell out of me, like some...I'm not a fan of Ropati at stand off either, but IMO, he didn't do too much wrong and so his running out this weekend against the dogs at standoff gets the thumbs up, due to a much more impressive outing for once

Nice Job Jerome keep it up mate
 

Wiki_old

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DMM: But who do you think is the better impact player?

As you said, there is a certain sting about Luck. Maybe thats just what we need off the bench?
 

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