Album: Round 17: Team Vs Bunnies

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Duo named for Perth trip<br /> <br /> <br /> Vodafone Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei (pictured) and prop Russell Packer have both been named for Sunday’s 17th-round clash against NRL competition leader South Sydney at NIB Stadium in Perth (4.30pm kick-off local time; 8.30pm NZT). Photo: Photosport.<br /> <br /> Vatuvei was forced off the field with a leg injury after 52 minutes of last Sunday’s 18-16 win against Brisbane while Packer was ruled out of the match with an ankle injury.<br /> <br /> Vodafone Warriors head coach Matthew Elliott included both senior players today in anticipation they will be able to travel with the team on Friday for the NRL’s longest trip.<br /> <br /> “Hopefully they’ll be fine to play this weekend,” said Elliott.<br /> <br /> “Manu has a contusion on his (right) shin which is responding to treatment while Russell is also a chance to return.”<br /> <br /> To cover options, Elliott has named a seven-man bench including cover for Vatuvei in seven-game rookie Ngani Laumape and he has included back up for Packer in Vulcans regulars Suaia Matagi and Charlie Gubb.<br /> <br /> Matagi made his third NRL appearance last Sunday while Gubb, consistently outstanding in the New South Wales Cup, is yet to appear at NRL level.<br /> <br /> The Vodafone Warriors take the NRL’s best recent run of form – five straight wins – into Sunday’s contest in Perth, facing the competition’s most impressive side of the season so far in the Rabbitohs. They top the points table with 28 points, four clear of the second-placed Sydney Roosters, having won their last four matches with only two defeats in 15 starts.<br /> <br /> “We’ve had a series of really tough contests lately, especially the ones against Manly, the Roosters and Brisbane,” said Elliott.<br /> <br /> “We’ve had our character tested each time but now we go to another level again. This is unquestionably our ultimate test given the way the Rabbitohs have been performing.”<br /> <br /> The Vodafone Warriors’ five-game winning streak has been bettered only twice in the club’s history (six wins in 1995 and the club



Round 17: Team Vs Bunnies

Updated Jul 8, 2013
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Duo named for Perth trip


Vodafone Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei (pictured) and prop Russell Packer have both been named for Sunday’s 17th-round clash against NRL competition leader South Sydney at NIB Stadium in Perth (4.30pm kick-off local time; 8.30pm NZT). Photo: Photosport.

Vatuvei was forced off the field with a leg injury after 52 minutes of last Sunday’s 18-16 win against Brisbane while Packer was ruled out of the match with an ankle injury.

Vodafone Warriors head coach Matthew Elliott included both senior players today in anticipation they will be able to travel with the team on Friday for the NRL’s longest trip.

“Hopefully they’ll be fine to play this weekend,” said Elliott.

“Manu has a contusion on his (right) shin which is responding to treatment while Russell is also a chance to return.”

To cover options, Elliott has named a seven-man bench including cover for Vatuvei in seven-game rookie Ngani Laumape and he has included back up for Packer in Vulcans regulars Suaia Matagi and Charlie Gubb.

Matagi made his third NRL appearance last Sunday while Gubb, consistently outstanding in the New South Wales Cup, is yet to appear at NRL level.

The Vodafone Warriors take the NRL’s best recent run of form – five straight wins – into Sunday’s contest in Perth, facing the competition’s most impressive side of the season so far in the Rabbitohs. They top the points table with 28 points, four clear of the second-placed Sydney Roosters, having won their last four matches with only two defeats in 15 starts.

“We’ve had a series of really tough contests lately, especially the ones against Manly, the Roosters and Brisbane,” said Elliott.

“We’ve had our character tested each time but now we go to another level again. This is unquestionably our ultimate test given the way the Rabbitohs have been performing.”

The Vodafone Warriors’ five-game winning streak has been bettered only twice in the club’s history (six wins in 1995 and the club

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