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Rookie Carlos Tuimavave has been named to replace the injured Kevin Locke at fullback for the Vodafone Warriors’ 24th-round NRL clash against Penrith at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday (2.00pm kick-off local time; match day sponsor: DEWALT).<br /> Locke lasted only 16 minutes of Saturday night’s encounter with North Queensland before being forced off with an ankle injury.<br /> Scans have revealed Locke has a high ankle sprain which will rule him out of the three remaining games this season.<br /> In his debut against Cronulla on August 5, Tuimavave (20) played in the centres after standoff James Maloney left the field after only 16 minutes; against the Cowboys he played the last 64 minutes at fullback.<br /> Tuimavave, a 50-game NYC player, marked his second NRL appearance by scoring his first try at first-grade level, making 125 metres from 14 runs and later being voted the players’ player of the day by his team-mates.<br /> “There weren’t many positives out of the North Queensland game but Carlos was certainly one of them,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Brian McClennan.<br /> “He stepped up really well when he came on after Jimmy (Maloney) was injured against Cronulla and he answered the call again against the Cowboys at a difficult time.<br /> “We’ve been really pleased with the way Carlos has gone.”<br /> While Locke is out for the rest of the season, captain Simon Mannering is again missing from the side as he continues to recover from the ankle sprain that ruled him out after the encounter with Newcastle on July 21.<br /> Manu Vatuvei will captain the side for the fourth time in what will be another personal milestone match for him.<br /> Last Saturday night he became the first Vodafone Warrior to reach the 100-try mark in the NRL, doing so in 149 games; his strike rate is among the best in the game today with 71 of his tries coming in his last 91 games. His try against the Cowboys came in the dying seconds on a night when he made 119 metres from 10 runs, including six tackle breaks.<br /> This weekend Vatuvei (26) will m



Rd 24 vs Panthers - Tuimavave starting fullback

Updated Aug 19, 2012
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Rookie Carlos Tuimavave has been named to replace the injured Kevin Locke at fullback for the Vodafone Warriors’ 24th-round NRL clash against Penrith at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday (2.00pm kick-off local time; match day sponsor: DEWALT).
Locke lasted only 16 minutes of Saturday night’s encounter with North Queensland before being forced off with an ankle injury.
Scans have revealed Locke has a high ankle sprain which will rule him out of the three remaining games this season.
In his debut against Cronulla on August 5, Tuimavave (20) played in the centres after standoff James Maloney left the field after only 16 minutes; against the Cowboys he played the last 64 minutes at fullback.
Tuimavave, a 50-game NYC player, marked his second NRL appearance by scoring his first try at first-grade level, making 125 metres from 14 runs and later being voted the players’ player of the day by his team-mates.
“There weren’t many positives out of the North Queensland game but Carlos was certainly one of them,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Brian McClennan.
“He stepped up really well when he came on after Jimmy (Maloney) was injured against Cronulla and he answered the call again against the Cowboys at a difficult time.
“We’ve been really pleased with the way Carlos has gone.”
While Locke is out for the rest of the season, captain Simon Mannering is again missing from the side as he continues to recover from the ankle sprain that ruled him out after the encounter with Newcastle on July 21.
Manu Vatuvei will captain the side for the fourth time in what will be another personal milestone match for him.
Last Saturday night he became the first Vodafone Warrior to reach the 100-try mark in the NRL, doing so in 149 games; his strike rate is among the best in the game today with 71 of his tries coming in his last 91 games. His try against the Cowboys came in the dying seconds on a night when he made 119 metres from 10 runs, including six tackle breaks.
This weekend Vatuvei (26) will m

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