Album: Rd 15: Sharks vs Warriors - Luck is Back!
Micheal Luck will end a frustrating 258-day wait between games when he makes his much-anticipated return in the Vodafone Warriors’ 15th-round NRL clash against Cronulla at Toyota Stadium on Saturday (7.30pm kick-off NZ time).<br /> The 220-game veteran was today named on the bench in another fillip for the Vodafone Warriors just hours after their confidence-boosting 30-16 win over Penrith last night, only their second success on the road this season.<br /> However, while there was positive news for Luck at last, there was another injury setback with hooker Alehana Mara ruled out for six to eight weeks after x rays last night revealed he had broken his right fibula in the opening minutes of the match.<br /> Mara played on for a few minutes last night before utility Lewis Brown came on to take over in the dummy half role for the last 62 minutes of the match. Head coach Brian McClennan today named Brown to start at hooker against the Sharks with first-choice Nathan Friend still not available after breaking his jaw against Brisbane on May 5.<br /> Luck, who hasn’t played since the club’s NRL grand final encounter with Manly on October 2 last year, was elated about being able to return for his 145th game for the club.<br /> “It’s such a relief to be able to get out on the field after all this time,” he told www.warriors.co.nz today.<br /> “The last few months have been hugely frustrating so just being back in full training with the boys has been exciting and to now have the chance at last to play again couldn’t be better. I can’t wait for Saturday night.”<br /> McClennan said Luck’s dedication in his recovery had been exemplary.<br /> “It’s a thrill for all of us knowing Lucky’s getting back on the field at last. He’s worked so hard for this chance after all the frustration he’s been through,” he said.<br /> “At the same time, we’ve suffered more disappointment with Alehana getting injured just when he was getting a run of games. It’s really tough on him.”<br /> Luck has had four operations since last October. He was initially bo