Album: Round 14 Vs Roosters

Richard Becht<br /> <br /> Tuesday 11 June 2013 3:03 PM<br /> <br /> Matthew Elliott brings up his 250-game milestone as an NRL coach when the Vodafone Warriors face the Sydney Roosters in Sunday’s 14th-round encounter at Allianz Stadium (6.30pm kick-off local time; 8.30pm NZT). Photo: Photosport.<br /> <br /> The 48-year-old arrived at the Vodafone Warriors with a career tally of 236 games as coach with Canberra and Penrith having earlier guided the Bradford Bulls in 125 games in England.<br /> <br /> Elliott, though, is much less interested in the landmark than he is in the Vodafone Warriors’ progress following their three-game winning run after the grim night at Penrith on May 18.<br /> <br /> Today he named the same side originally selected for last Sunday’s battle with the Manly Sea Eagles with Kevin Locke returning at fullback from a hip flexor injury, Glen Fisiiahi back on the right wing and prop Russell Packer recovered from his sternum injury.<br /> <br /> At the same time Elliott has named a seven-man bench. Ben Matulino, Jacob Lillyman, Sebastine Ikahihifo and Dominique Peyroux are again listed along with last Sunday’s two replacements – winger Ngani Laumape and prop Suaia Matagi – as well as front rower Charlie Gubb, who was used as 18th man against Manly.<br /> <br /> “We’re optimistic Kevin and Russell will both be ready for the Roosters,” said Elliott.<br /> <br /> “They’re obviously important players for us but Ngani and Suaia did a terrific job coming in as replacements and Glen was outstanding, picking up the players’ player of the day award.<br /> <br /> “We’ll see how we progress through the rest of the week.”<br /> <br /> Both coaching staff and players valued Sunday’s hard-earned 18-16 win over fourth-placed Manly as the club’s most important so far, Elliott describing it as the most meaningful because it was achieved against a side of such quality.<br /> <br /> But he quickly switched focus to say the encounter with the Roosters now became even more important.<br /> When the two sides met in the second round at Eden Park, the Roosters held out the fast-finishing Vodaf



Round 14 Vs Roosters

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Richard Becht

Tuesday 11 June 2013 3:03 PM

Matthew Elliott brings up his 250-game milestone as an NRL coach when the Vodafone Warriors face the Sydney Roosters in Sunday’s 14th-round encounter at Allianz Stadium (6.30pm kick-off local time; 8.30pm NZT). Photo: Photosport.

The 48-year-old arrived at the Vodafone Warriors with a career tally of 236 games as coach with Canberra and Penrith having earlier guided the Bradford Bulls in 125 games in England.

Elliott, though, is much less interested in the landmark than he is in the Vodafone Warriors’ progress following their three-game winning run after the grim night at Penrith on May 18.

Today he named the same side originally selected for last Sunday’s battle with the Manly Sea Eagles with Kevin Locke returning at fullback from a hip flexor injury, Glen Fisiiahi back on the right wing and prop Russell Packer recovered from his sternum injury.

At the same time Elliott has named a seven-man bench. Ben Matulino, Jacob Lillyman, Sebastine Ikahihifo and Dominique Peyroux are again listed along with last Sunday’s two replacements – winger Ngani Laumape and prop Suaia Matagi – as well as front rower Charlie Gubb, who was used as 18th man against Manly.

“We’re optimistic Kevin and Russell will both be ready for the Roosters,” said Elliott.

“They’re obviously important players for us but Ngani and Suaia did a terrific job coming in as replacements and Glen was outstanding, picking up the players’ player of the day award.

“We’ll see how we progress through the rest of the week.”

Both coaching staff and players valued Sunday’s hard-earned 18-16 win over fourth-placed Manly as the club’s most important so far, Elliott describing it as the most meaningful because it was achieved against a side of such quality.

But he quickly switched focus to say the encounter with the Roosters now became even more important.
When the two sides met in the second round at Eden Park, the Roosters held out the fast-finishing Vodaf
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