Team List NRL 2014 - Round 24 vs Roosters Team List + Pre Match Discussion

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  1. InsideBall
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    Konrad Hurrell has been named to return from injury while Ben Matulino will become the 10th player to appear in 150 NRL matches for the Vodafone Warriors when they face the 2013 premiership-winning Sydney Roosters in Sunday's 24th-round clash at Mount Smart Stadium (2.00pm kick-off; match day sponsor: Lion Red).

    Matulino will also be the first NYC graduate from all 16 clubs to reach the milestone having also been the first to hit the 100-game mark in 2012.

    After making his NYC debut in the competition’s debut season in 2008, the big Wellington-born and raised back rower-prop became Vodafone Warriors No 142 when he made his NRL debut that year.

    Since then he has also gone on to play 19 Tests for the Kiwis, all of this while still only 25.

    For his 150th game Matulino has been named to revert to his alternative role as a starting prop after being used in the second row in Sunday’s disappointing 22-28 loss to Newcastle.

    His inclusion in the front row results in Suaia Matagi, who hasn’t missed a game this season, being switched to the bench.

    In another key change Hurrell is named to start in the centres after being sidelined with a hamstring injury he picked up in the first half of the Vodafone Warriors’ 54-18 win over Canberra on August 3.

    His availability sees Ben Henry switched back to the second row alongside captain Simon Mannering with workhorse Sebastine Ikahihifo back at loose forward after missing the Newcastle encounter.

    Vodafone Warriors head coach Andrew McFadden hasn’t hidden his dissatisfaction with the performance against the Knights.

    “It was hugely disappointing, not what we expect of ourselves,” he said.

    “We didn’t play well the week before against Cronulla and let ourselves down again against the Knights.

    “Facing a team like the Roosters is a massive challenge with the roster they have and the form they picked up against the Tigers last week. There’s no question we will need to be at the absolute top of our game to compete with them.”

    Despite Sunday’s loss the Vodafone Warriors remain eighth on 26 points going into their biggest home game of the season against the star-laden Roosters.

    Two of the Roosters’ biggest names are in line for their last appearances at Mount Smart Stadium – captain Anthony Minichiello, who is retiring at the end of this season, and Sonny Bill Williams; Williams isn’t listed to return from his thumb injury until the 25th round but may be a chance to come back this week in what would be possibly his final rugby league match in New Zealand before switching to rugby union again next year.

    Elsewhere the Roosters have a cast of internationals and State of Origin players including Kiwis Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Sam Moa and Frank Paul-Nuuausala plus Origin players in Michael Jennings, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Boyd Cordner and Aidan Guerra. Hooker Jake Friend is set to return from injury this week.

    There will be only two games on the programme at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday, starting with the eighth-placed Vodafone Junior Warriors facing the fifth-placed Roosters (1.45pm kick-off). The club’s New South Wales Cup side plays the Newtown Jets on Mount Smart Stadium No 2 on Saturday (1.00pm kick-off).

    Vodafone Warriors v SYDNEY ROOSTERS
    Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
    2.00pm, Sunday, August 24


    Vodafone Warriors
    1 Sam Tomkins
    2 David Fusitua
    3 Konrad Hurrell
    4 Ngani Laumape
    5 Manu Vatuvei
    6 Chad Townsend
    7 Shaun Johnson
    8 Jacob Lillyman
    9 Thomas Leuluai
    10 Ben Matulino
    11 Ben Henry
    12 Simon Mannering (c)
    13 Sebastine Ikahihifo

    Interchange:
    14 Feleti Mateo
    15 Suaia Matagi
    16 Sione Lousi
    17 Nathan Friend
    18 Jayson Bukuya
    20 Sam Rapira
    21 Dominique Peyroux

    HEAD COACH: Andrew McFadden

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    Looks like Cappy's acknowledged that we weren't getting enough out of our middle - shift Mutts to the front row... can't disagree with it.

    Would have preferred to see Peyroux on the wing for Fus, who needs to go back to NSWCup and learn to tackle.

    Good to see Seb back - hopefully he's feeling fresh and ready to go for a huge back end of the season... bring back some real aggression to our defence.

    Benry's knee better be up to the job...

    Feleti and Suaia lucky to keep their spots - guess there weren't too many options... Rapira injured? Or is it form?

    Thank goodness Konnie's back.
     
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    Happy to see Mannering in the #12. Was screaming out for him to be lock for the first half of the year; was screaming out for him to be #12 for most of the last game.

    I'm guessing Muditua has had his KPIs hammered into him, to the point he's even dreaming about how to be a grown up winger.
     
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    Carrying a hooker on the bench is not a good plan imo
     
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    Having TL play hooker for 80 minutes is an even worse one.
     
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    Pretty much. Looks like a direct response to our pitiful go-forward against Newcastle. Sebby will play centrally and just cart it up like an extra prop. It's a shame Matulino has to revert to the front row, but agree it's somewhat necessary. This team needs another prop...quite badly.
     
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    They are making a big effort to have him in the team. They should have just stuck with Friend and another bench forward. This team is 1 prop short.
     
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    The good thing being that if Seb's playing like a third prop, Big Ben can play a bit looser. Hopefully it'll be a case of seeing how things unfold and playing according to what's actually needed onfield instead of a predetermined role.
     

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    Really happy with that team. Glad to see Ben Matulino back up front for this game. We will need him there to help contain the Roorters pack. The addition of Sebastine Ikahihifo will add more starch to a middle that was getting trampled by the Knights at stages during the 2nd half.

    Awesome to see Konrad Hurrell back too. With him there and Ngani Laumape and Manu Vatuvei on the other edge its going to keep the Roorters edge defence honest thereby creating more opportunities for the middle men. Be interested to see how Ben Henry feeds the left. Also happy to see Simon Mannering propping up the woeful right edge defence. Needed him there last week but good to see Cappy remediate that issue.

    I have faith in this line up...
     
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    Yeah. Last week most of us were happy with the line-up too, though noone was quite expecting certain players to perform so poorly. At least McFadden addresses issues as best he can week-to-week, doesn't sit around doing the exact same thing and hoping it'll magically correct itself. Will be interesting to see what he comes up with after an entire off-season.
     
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    Would prefer Fusitua to be dropped and have Ngani on the wing with Peyroux playing centre, but it is what it is.
    Guess Rapira and Bukuya to drop off the bench?
    Not really excited about this team, but you never know what can happen on Sunday.
    Hopefully Ben can do some damage in the middle and just run hard and straight.
    The biggest issue for our team is how they respond to adversity. Last week we started poorly and couldn't find a way to fix our problems.
    We will be put under massive amounts of pressure this week, the Roosters are the most potent attacking team inside an opposition 20, its why they don't force too many resets, they don't have to cause they score easily. Our D has got to muscle up and Fusitua has to wake up and notice that when Tomkins makes a tackle in the middle he has to stand deeper otherwise Maloney or Pierce will just grubber in behind him for the easiest of tries, he's been caught out a number of times already.
    Our edges will be tested severely and I don't know if Konnie and Fusitua can hold them out the way those two ball watch and fail to wrap guys up when they attempt to make tackles.
    Its backs to the walls this week and make no mistake this is a must win game.
    I'm expecting big things and leadership to be shown by TL and Matulino this week, these two need to take ownership of the game and lead the team around the park.
    If we can do the fundamentals well we will stand a chance but if we play like last week we will be embarrassed and can kiss the 8 goodbye.
    I'm not exactly full of optimism this week but I do have hope.
     
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    Reasonably happy. Is Benry's knee really good enough to play and start? Happy that Bukuya dropped. Would prefer Sione Lousi to start instead of Benry and Rapira to the bench instead of Benry IF Sam fit. Otherwise, looks about the best we have.
     
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    Credit to McFadden where it's due…

    He seems to be on the same wavelength as a fair few of the fans on this site… not necessarily in terms of every detail in selection, but the theories and explanations make enough sense (to me at least).

    I can't fault, and don't have the right to, this team… it makes a lot of sense, as did last week (just didn't work out).

    I have high hopes but low expectations
     
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    150th game for Matulino. Crazy how fast that seems to have come up
     
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    I'd prefer a fully fit Sam Rapira. Well who wouldn't!?

    Along with everyone else I'm stoked that Konrad is back.

    In a way I'm glad that Shaun had a bad game on Sunday, as when that happens the next week is usually much better.

    I'm not happy with the hooker situation, though, and Sunday suggests that the team as a whole doesn't really get it either.

    We're still playing with an obviously not fully fit Benry?

    Fusitua has a lot more to learn about defence than tackling. Fish, Fish, where art thou oh Fish?!

    Everyone is going to have to step up come Sunday! Maybe the Roosters playing at 12 noon Oz time will help.
     
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    Pretty happy with the team. Matagi and Henry seem to be screaming for a week off though..
     
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    I miss the Fish. Think he has so much to offer yet gets injured in the worst of times. Anyone know if he has had his shoulder surgery yet? He was initially waiting for the nerves to heal before the surgery, which has a rehab time of 6 months itself.
     
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    Rapira must be damaged or they'd just put him in the 17, Henry looked crocked to me assume bukuya is bracketed with him.

    Peyroux is a bit unlucky to always be on standby, but hopefully he Konrad isn't actually in any doubt and they are just being super cautious by including him.
     
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    Matagi looks drained and Henry is injured so I don't know why he chose to carry passengers especially against a ruthless team like the Roosters.

    I think McFadden should have spelled Matagi and Henry just as he did with Seb and Friend
     
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    Well, he did have a couple of games in consecutive weeks, so he was due to be injured.
     
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