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WEBB RETURNS TO VODAFONE WARRIORS SIDE FOR TRIAL AGAINST BULLDOGS

Kiwi fullback Brent Webb is back in the Vodafone Warriors’ side for their final NRL trial against the Bulldogs in Carrara on Saturday night.
A niggling groin injury kept Webb out of the matches against Canberra in Auckland on February 12 and North Queensland in Cairns last Saturday night.
But Cleary today announced the Cairns-born Webb has been cleared to make his only trial appearance before the Vodafone Warriors begin their 2006 NRL campaign against the Melbourne Storm at Ericsson Stadium on March 12.
Webb’s return enables Cleary to field what he regards as his strongest combination heading into the season.
“Our aim had always been to put out our best side in this match against the Bulldogs,†he said.
Webb’s selection means Tony Martin, who started the first two trials in the No 1 jersey, will be on a six-man interchange bench on Saturday night. The change at fullback is the only one in the starting line-up used against the Cowboys.
“While the performance in Cairns wasn’t what we wanted, the big positive to come out of the match was that we had no injuries,†said Cleary.
For his bench, Cleary has settled for a mix of three backs – Grant Rovelli, Patrick Ah Van and Martin – and three forwards in Micheal Luck, Evarn Tuimavave and Epalahame Lauaki. Of the 22 players that travelled to Cairns from Auckland, the three omitted are props Sam Rapira and George Tuakura plus winger Cooper Vuna.
The Vodafone Warriors go into the Carrara Stadium encounter with two trial losses behind them while the Bulldogs were beaten 34-30 by the Sharks in Mollymook on the New South Wales south coast last weekend.
Bulldogs centre Willie Tonga and winger Hazem El Masri are set to make their comebacks from long injury lay-offs on Saturday night. Tonga hasn't played since round nine last year while El Masri last appeared for the Dogs in round 20.
The Dogs’ starting pack features Kiwi international Roy Asotasi plus Kangaroos Mark O'Meley, Willie Mason and captain Andrew Ryan.
Meanwhile, the Vodafone Warriors’ elite development players began their two-match Australian tour by overwhelming the Ipswich Jets 60-4 last night. They play again against the Cudgen Hornets on Friday night.
The teams for the NRL trial on Saturday night are:
VODAFONE WARRIORS: Brent Webb; Todd Byrne, Jerome Ropati, Clinton Toopi, Manu Vatuvei; Sione Faumuina, Nathan Fien; Ruben Wiki, Lance Hohaia, Steve Price (c); Awen Guttenbeil, Wairangi Koopu; Louis Anderson. Interchange – Tony Martin, Patrick Ah Van, Grant Rovelli, Micheal Luck, Epalahame Lauaki, Evarn Tuimavave.
BULLDOGS: Luke Patten; Namila Davui, Reni Maitua, Willie Tonga, Hazem El Masri; Daniel Holdsworth, Brent Sherwin; Mark O’Meley, Adam Perry, Roy Asotasi; Willie Mason, Andrew Ryan (c); Tony Grimaldi. Interchange: Nate Myles, Chris Armit, Ben Czislowski, Corey Hughes, Trent Cutler, Ben Roberts, Brad Morrin.
Referee: Steve Clark.
The other trials this weekend are:
Saturday – Broncos v Storm, Clive Berghofer Stadium, Toowoomba; Cowboys v Rabbitohs, Mackay JRL grounds, Mackay; Knights v Sharks, International Stadium, Coffs Harbour; Panthers v Eels, Regional Sports Stadium, Port Macquarie; Tigers v Eagles, Brookvale Oval, Brookvale.
Sunday – Roosters v Dragons, WIN Stadium, Wollongong.
 

Jesbass_old

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It's great to see Webb is back, but concenring that our goalkicker couldn't cement a centre position. Then again, perhaps that's just a tactical trial on Cleary's behalf. I wonder who will do the kicking with both Martin and Tuimavave off the field. :?

Great to see the development squad playing so well. It'd be interesting to see the lineup for that match.
 

Wiki_old

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Who are our centres?

Thats interesting to see that Cooper Vuna was not chosen but Ah Van was. Very interesting indeed.
 

Becs_old

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I think Sione, Lance or Webby will do the kicking.

Looks a fairly strong side named by both teams. Should be a goody
 

Becs_old

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Hey DMM. Just been looking at the lineup for the Dogs on the Warrior website and they have Chris Tuatara on the interchange. Is that your nephew?
Here is is below
BULLDOGS: Luke Patten; Namila Davui, Reni Maitua, Willie Tonga, Hazem El Masri; Daniel Holdsworth, Brent Sherwin; Chris Armit, Adam Perry, Roy Asotasi; Willie Mason, Andrew Ryan (c); Tony Grimaldi. Interchange: Nate Myles, Jon Green, Corey Hughes, Trent Cutler, Ben Roberts, Chris Tuatara, Daniel Conn.
 

Jesbass_old

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Wiki said:
Who are our centres?

Thats interesting to see that Cooper Vuna was not chosen but Ah Van was. Very interesting indeed.

Jerome Ropati and Clinton Toopi.
 

AliN_old

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Chilli said:
Hey DMM. Just been looking at the lineup for the Dogs on the Warrior website and they have Chris Tuatara on the interchange. Is that your nephew?
Here is is below
BULLDOGS: Luke Patten; Namila Davui, Reni Maitua, Willie Tonga, Hazem El Masri; Daniel Holdsworth, Brent Sherwin; Chris Armit, Adam Perry, Roy Asotasi; Willie Mason, Andrew Ryan (c); Tony Grimaldi. Interchange: Nate Myles, Jon Green, Corey Hughes, Trent Cutler, Ben Roberts, Chris Tuatara, Daniel Conn.

Good stuff..
 

Mo_old

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Certainly pleased to have Webby back. Just hope it's not too soon as the last thing we want is for him to aggravate his groin injury.
 

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