General Warriors Team V Drag Queens

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BRENT WEBB

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TODD BYRNE

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TONY MARTIN

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SIMON MANNERING

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MISI TAULAPAPA

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JEROME ROPATI

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GRANT ROVELLI

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RUBEN WIKI (V-C)

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NATHAN FIEN

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STEVE PRICE (C)

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AWEN GUTTENBEIL

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WAIRANGI KOOPU

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SIONE FAUMUINA

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GEORGE GATIS

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EVARN TUIMAVAVE

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CLINTONTOOPI

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MICHEAL LUCK

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MANU VATUVEI




Im 100000000000000000% certain Cleary reads this forum
 

PHANTOM MENACE_old

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Heres the whole article

Vodafone Warriors head coach Ivan Cleary has made some key changes to his line-up for Saturday night’s NRL encounter with St George Illawarra in Wollongong.
After being on interchange bench for the first eight matches of the regular season campaign, former Sydney Roosters premier league halfback Grant Rovelli has been promoted to start in the No 7 jersey.
The experienced Nathan Fien, who has been the starting halfback in every match so far, switches to hooker where he started in 11 of his 22 games last season.
Simon Mannering, who had his first NRL outing of the year against the Bulldogs on April 30, will start in the centres against the Dragons while Sione Faumuina is in the run-on side at loose forward.
Those changes see hooker George Gatis and Kiwi test centre Clinton Toopi moved to the bench while Toopi’s fellow international Louis Anderson is being rested this week.
Manu Vatuvei, the 2005 international rookie of the year, has been included on a five-man bench as he looks to return to action after missing the Vodafone Warriors’ last four games and the Anzac Test with a hamstring injury. Also set to return from a hamstring injury is vice-captain Ruben Wiki, who was unable to play against the Bulldogs or in the Anzac Test.
Cleary said the 20-year-old Anderson needed to freshen up after a demanding programme since his NRL debut in early 2004. He has made 13 consecutive test appearances since his Kiwi debut late that season – including two end-of-year Tri-Nations campaigns – and has also played 42 first-grade matches for the Vodafone Warriors.
“That’s a lot of football for a young player and as a result Louis’ form hasn’t been up to his usual standard lately,†said Cleary.
“He needs a rest and he’ll have this weekend off to get away from football for a few days.â€Â
Cleary said the decision to start Mannering in the centres and move Toopi to the bench was also form-related.
“Clinton hasn’t consistently reached his best standards either where Simon is coming in freshened up.â€Â
A review of the team’s performances in the first eight rounds had brought about the changes, especially those at hooker and halfback.
“We’ve had a good look at what we’ve done in the first eight games and where we want to go now,†said Cleary.
“As a result of our review we’ve decided we want to have a look at Grant at halfback. He has proved so far that he can handle the step up to NRL and we’d now like to see him in his preferred position.
“With Nathan, we know what he’s capable of at hooker. We saw that last year and he has also played State of Origin in tha position.â€Â
Vatuvei, Todd Byrne and Misi Taulapapa are competing for the two wingers’ spots for the clash against the Dragons. A final choice won’t be made until the day of the match.
 

mosh_old

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I seriously hope we use Vatuvei as a forward. The guy can fill in for a prop.
 

JonB_old

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I think the decision for the switch at halfback would of came before the last warriors game. Gives the kid a better time frame to prepare.
 

sebastian_old

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yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

2big2strong_old

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PHANTOM MENACE said:
Vatuvei, Todd Byrne and Misi Taulapapa are competing for the two wingers’ spots for the clash against the Dragons. A final choice won’t be made until the day of the match.

Oh my god, Todd byrne shouldn't even come into the equasion if Munu is fit!!!! In the words of Anchorman Ron Burgundy "..... please tell me this is some kind of sick tasteless joke!!!......"
 

sebastian_old

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He won't be its polite talk for "see ya later"unless he could also be a backup to manus injury. Fien is at 9 im dreamin with byrne gone thats our best possible team.No matter what we have to stick with this team its time for cohesion.
 

2big2strong_old

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Absolutely, it's a great looking team!it's like a dream come true!
Toopi gone
Fien out of half-back
 

kiwi man_old

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with manu, misi and toddy all vying for the 2 wing spots that leaves our bench looking like:
Gatis
Tuimivave
Toopi
Luck

i personally think thats a weak bench. we should have run with another prop instead of toopi
 

KeepingTheFaith_old

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Depends how they want to use Toopi. As a back up centre or perhaps a lock forward? I'd say Gatis is the bigger waste. He's not dynamic enough for the bench. I'd be tempted to move Ropati into dummy half when Fien needs a break which Faumuina and Webb filling in outside of Rovelli. That way we could run an extra prop/second rower off the bench.
 

Northern_Union

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How on earth does byrne and martin hold there place in the team?

Must admit i'm not unhappy to see Louie aint there, he aint half the player Vinnie is in my humble opinion.
 

sebastian_old

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kiwi man said:
with manu, misi and toddy all vying for the 2 wing spots that leaves our bench looking like:
Gatis
Tuimivave
Toopi
Luck

i personally think thats a weak bench. we should have run with another prop instead of toopi

I hate to complain after those changes but your right not enough size although if manu gets in it'll help. Surely this is the end of toopi at the warriors, this happened with meli last year except kemp took all bloody year to do it. I think they'll eventually get rid of toops, with george T taking his spot. If cleary keeps this up we should have some good momentuem going into next year. I don't expect to even win on sat. but as long as we play well i'll be happy, Cleary is standing up as a coach which is great to see.
 

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