Album: Round 20: Vs The Storm

Richard Becht<br /> <br /> Tuesday 23 July 2013 2:28 PM<br /> <br /> Ngani Laumape comes onto the right wing for the injured Glen Fisiiahi in the only team change for the Vodafone Warriors’ 20th-round NRL encounter with Melbourne at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday (2.00pm kick-off; match day sponsor: Suzuki).<br /> <br /> Fisiiahi is out for the season requiring surgery after tearing his right pectoral muscle in last Friday night’s 24-14 win against Wests Tigers.<br /> <br /> Rookie Laumape (20) has been given the chance to come back into the side for his ninth appearance after last being used on the left wing when he replaced veteran Manu Vatuvei for the July 7 clash against South Sydney.<br /> <br /> The Palmerston North Boys’ High School product has consistently impressed this season as he has alternated between playing for the Vodafone Warriors and for the Auckland Vulcans in the New South Wales Cup. He tops the club’s statistics for most average runs per game (14.2) and average metres per game (131).<br /> <br /> “It’s a shattering end to the season for Glen and we all share his disappointment,&quot; said Vodafone Warriors head coach Matthew Elliott.<br /> <br /> “He has been a key player for us but we also have great confidence in Ngani who has done a terrific job for us every time he has been called on at this level.<br /> <br /> “Through Glen’s misfortune, Ngani now has the chance to put some games together.”<br /> <br /> Elliott has retained the other 16 players used against the Tigers. Ben Matulino has been named in the starting front row as he was last week but he subsequently swapped places with Jacob Lillyman.<br /> <br /> After selecting an extended bench in recent weeks, Elliott has stuck with four this week – Lillyman and Suaia Matagi as the propping options and interchange regulars Todd Lowrie and Dominique Peyroux.<br /> <br /> With the Michael Moore Trophy at stake, this is one of the feature clashes in the NRL’s Rivalry Round as teams eye the last seven rounds of the regular season.<br /> <br /> It will also serve as a testimonial occasion for Vatuvei, celebrating his 10th season in



Round 20: Vs The Storm

Updated Jul 30, 2013
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Richard Becht

Tuesday 23 July 2013 2:28 PM

Ngani Laumape comes onto the right wing for the injured Glen Fisiiahi in the only team change for the Vodafone Warriors’ 20th-round NRL encounter with Melbourne at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday (2.00pm kick-off; match day sponsor: Suzuki).

Fisiiahi is out for the season requiring surgery after tearing his right pectoral muscle in last Friday night’s 24-14 win against Wests Tigers.

Rookie Laumape (20) has been given the chance to come back into the side for his ninth appearance after last being used on the left wing when he replaced veteran Manu Vatuvei for the July 7 clash against South Sydney.

The Palmerston North Boys’ High School product has consistently impressed this season as he has alternated between playing for the Vodafone Warriors and for the Auckland Vulcans in the New South Wales Cup. He tops the club’s statistics for most average runs per game (14.2) and average metres per game (131).

“It’s a shattering end to the season for Glen and we all share his disappointment," said Vodafone Warriors head coach Matthew Elliott.

“He has been a key player for us but we also have great confidence in Ngani who has done a terrific job for us every time he has been called on at this level.

“Through Glen’s misfortune, Ngani now has the chance to put some games together.”

Elliott has retained the other 16 players used against the Tigers. Ben Matulino has been named in the starting front row as he was last week but he subsequently swapped places with Jacob Lillyman.

After selecting an extended bench in recent weeks, Elliott has stuck with four this week – Lillyman and Suaia Matagi as the propping options and interchange regulars Todd Lowrie and Dominique Peyroux.

With the Michael Moore Trophy at stake, this is one of the feature clashes in the NRL’s Rivalry Round as teams eye the last seven rounds of the regular season.

It will also serve as a testimonial occasion for Vatuvei, celebrating his 10th season in
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