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So, now that Nielsen's signing has been confirmed, how do you think the backline will shape up for next season?
I'm guessing something like:
7. Sugartits Johnson
Halves backup being God and Carlos?
Melbourne Storm and Queensland Origin centre Dane Nielsen will join the Vodafone Warriors on a three-year contract after the 2012 NRL season.
The Mackay-born 26-year-old excelled in 2011 when he twice played for the Maroons and has again been a key contributor for the unbeaten Storm this year, notably scoring a double in their 32-14 Anzac Day win over the Vodafone Warriors at AAMI Park.
Confirming Nielsen’s signing today, Vodafone Warriors recruitment and development manager Dean Bell said the club was excited to secure a centre of such quality from the NRL’s leading side.
“He’ll bring a lot to the Vodafone Warriors through his experience with such a strong club like the Storm and through playing Origin football,” he said.
“It’s a huge positive for us to secure a...
Matulino was just a machine, Johnson did most of the work today and Friend mixed up his game a little.
Ropo was very solid on D, defused infinite bombs.
Manu was good today, just one error?
Good to see Lillyman back
The subjects been smashed by many discussions, but in this mornings herald the ARC have reneged on any upgrade meaning that Mt Smart holds a 19K seated capacity and 5K standing, meaning the NRL are saying its not up to finals standard.
I'm starting to seriously think the Warriors have to move, just to remain competitive as a franchise.
Warriors re-sign Bill Tupou through to 2014
He's flown under the radar for most of his career out on the right wing for the Warriors, but the underrated Bill Tupou's recent form doesn't appear to have gone unnoticed by the club's powerbrokers.
Tupou was off contract at the end of this season with an option in favour of the Warriors, but his manager Stan Martin has moved quickly to negotiate a new and upgraded deal for his client.
He wouldn't reveal specifics yesterday but confirmed that on Friday, Tupou put pen to paper on a new contract that will see him call Mt Smart Stadium home until at least the end of 2014.
It's also understood the deal includes an option in the club's favour for the 2015 season.
Martin said the terms of the new contract were confidential but...
Lets move on shall we?
1. Fishiahii (assuming Locke is out)
4. Mannering (c)
I still can't bring myself to pick Ropati.
Happy Anzac day (are you allowed to be happy on anzac day?)
Pita Godinet and Glen Fisiiahi have been included in a 19-man Vodafone Warriors squad flying out to Melbourne.
Source : NZ Warriors
Auckland, New Zealand, April 23, 2012 - Pita Godinet and Glen Fisiiahi have been included in a 19-man squad for the Vodafone Warriors’ eighth-round NRL match against the Storm at AAMI Park in Melbourne on Anzac Day (Wednesday). Head coach Brian McClennan said the pair had been added as cover for Kiwi internationals Manu Vatuvei and halfback Shaun Johnson.
Vatuvei and Johnson, both feeling the effects of Friday night’s 12-20 Anzac Test loss to Australia, didn’t train with the Vodafone Warriors yesterday but have both been named to start in the traditional Anzac Day match against Melbourne.
Brought back into the team travelling to Melbourne later...
Hard not to pick Maloney, but Matulino engaged BEAST mode.
Post your examples:
So, prematch vs Souuffs:
Apparently the Rabbitohs "came into fruition" in 1906.
They better win.
1 KEVIN LOCKE
2 BILL TUPOU
3 BEN HENRY
4 JEROME ROPATI
5 MANU VATUVEI
6 JAMES MALONEY
7 SHAUN JOHNSON
8 SIONE LOUSI
9 NATHAN FRIEND
10 BEN MATULINO
11 FELETI MATEO
12 SIMON MANNERING (c)
13 ELIJAH TAYLOR
14 RUSSELL PACKER
15 UKUMA TA’AI
16 KONRAD HURRELL
17 SAM RAPIRA
18 LEWIS BROWN
20 JOHN PALAVI
COACH: BRIAN McCLENNAN
Yeahhhhhhh...die. I'm not watching.
Manu lost me yesterday.
The Ferguson try resulted from him first handing over possession inside our half with an error. Then in the ensuing set he charges up to try and take out Berrigan, limply falls off him, the resulting numbers allowing Berrigan to feed Ferguson for the try.
I dont believe he has value as a winger anymore, he has become something of a liability. He may be of some use as an impact T-Rex but again his hands will be his downfall, as you need to be able to hold onto the pill in traffic.
We need to begin the quest for a new beast, either looking in our junior ranks or further afield. Manu's future may lie in the ESL.
I think things have almost gotten to the stage where we go back to our Ivan roots and insert either Brown or Mannering (would be terrible for my NNRL side though) out in the centres.
I know it's not ideal but it cant be any worse than what we're serving up now. We need to shore up at least one side, the other side can be where the specialists show their wares. Would also allow us play another one of our surplus backrowers (eg Luck/Taylor) when they're all fit.
Has anyone got any intel on his current form?
I'm not sure if there should be any change to the balance of the side re: introducing an impact hooker but happy to entertain the discussion. Friend has been solid if unspectacular thus far, but given the vacancy that existed i've been fairly happy with his play. He's hardly had a glorious forward platform to work off though.
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