Team List NRL 2015 - Round 18 Team vs the Storm

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    YOUR TEAM | Rd 18 v Storm
    Tue 7th July, 05:01PM
    With the Michael Moore Trophy at stake, the contest rounds off another home tripleheader which starts with the Vodafone Warriors facing Illawarra in the New South Wales Cup (11.40am kick-off) and is followed by the NYC clash between the Vodafone Junior Warriors and the Storm (1.35pm kick-off).

    Johnson’s 99th appearance on Sunday leaves him on track for his 100th against the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium on Sunday, July 19; he made his debut against the same side and at the same venue in 2011.

    The 24-year-old has collected 34 points in his last two outings against the Gold Coast Titans and the Canberra Raiders to take his career tally past 500 points (and 100 for the season). With 526 points, he has gone past Ivan Cleary (439) this season and is poised to overtake James Maloney (547) to move into third position on the club’s all-time list. The top two spots belong to Stacey Jones (674) and Manu Vatuvei, who has an all-tries total of 584 points.

    Johnson is paired in the halves with Chad Townsend for the 16th consecutive time this season in the Vodafone Warriors’ return from their second bye.

    They feature in a consistent selection as the Vodafone Warriors seek a run of three straight wins for the second time this season. After beating Gold Coast 36-14 and Canberra 30-8 they have won five of their last seven games to have a share of fourth spot on 20 points; they’re seventh on points for and against.

    The Storm are also on 20 points and sitting fifth but have lost their last three games and four of their last five. Their most recent win was against Penrith on June 6.

    They’re set to be boosted by the return of their Queensland Origin players Cameron Smith, Will Chambers and Cooper Cronk provided they come through tomorrow night’s series decider in Brisbane. Smith is in line to achieve one of the game’s biggest milestones with his 300th NRL appearance on Sunday.

    The Vodafone Warriors will be hoping their experienced forwards Jacob Lillyman and Ryan Hoffman survive as well as they look to join Ben Matulino, Nathan Friend, Simon Mannering and Bodene Thompson in a settled starting pack. Lillyman, Hoffman, Mannering, Thompson and Matulino have started 14 of the club’s 15 games so far (Lillyman and Hoffman missed just the match against the Roosters ahead of Origin II).

    Overall the Vodafone Warriors have 15 wins, two draws and 18 losses in 35 encounters with the Storm. At Mount Smart Stadium the record is 8-8 after 16 matches so far. In the last 10 games stretching back to 2010 the rivals are also even at 5-5.

    Vodafone Warriors v MELBOURNE STORM

    Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
    4.00pm, Sunday, July 12


    Vodafone Warriors
    1 Sam Tomkins
    2 Tuimoala Lolohea
    3 Konrad Hurrell
    4 Solomone Kata
    5 Manu Vatuvei
    6 Chad Townsend
    7 Shaun Johnson
    8 Jacob Lillyman
    9 Nathan Friend
    10 Ben Matulino
    11 Bodene Thompson
    12 Ryan Hoffman
    13 Simon Mannering (c)

    14 Siliva Havili
    15 Raymond Faitala-Mariner
    16 Charlie Gubb
    17 Albert Vete
    18 David Fusitua

    HEAD COACH: Andrew McFadden

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    I do not understand the Havili on the bench thing?
     
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    Good side. Slot Fusitua in for Hurrell either on the wing or at centre.

    This will be a test for sure. I expect Cronk and Smith to back up, and if we're any hope at all this year we should win this game.
     
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    its just cover for Friend. We could easily function with only having a 3 man bench, our back rowers a can play 80 mins
     
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    My memory is failing me...But i dont recall us being that flash a side after bye weeks, maybe im wrong

    Havili LOL
     
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    Come on boys!! We need to win this one.
     
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    Warriors name Hurrell despite injury
    Tue 07 Jul, 2015, 3:00pm
    By Corey Rosser, NZ Correspondent


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    David Fusitua is set to play if Konrad Hurrell is ruled out through injury. Credit: Colin Whelan. Copyright: NRL Photos.
    A training ground injury to Konrad Hurrell looks set to open the door for youngster David Fusitua to return to the Warriors' NRL Telstra Premiership team for Sunday's Round 18 match against Melbourne.

    Early in the Warriors' field session on Tuesday Hurrell fell awkwardly during a drill involving diving on loose balls, sustaining the injury before being escorted from training with his right arm in a sling.

    The Tongan international was in obvious discomfort but was named in Andrew McFadden's 17 on Tuesday afternoon.

    While the club waits on confirmation of just how serious the injury is, coach McFadden confirmed Fusitu'a was the most likely to assume the spot at right centre, with the 20-year-old named as 18th man.

    Warriors squad to play Storm in Round 18:
    1 Sam Tomkins
    2 Tuimoala Lolohea
    3 Konrad Hurrell
    4 Solomone Kata
    5 Manu Vatuvei
    6 Chad Townsend
    7 Shaun Johnson
    8 Jacob Lillyman
    9 Nathan Friend
    10 Ben Matulino
    11 Bodene Thompson
    12 Ryan Hoffman
    13 Simon Mannering
    14 Siliva Havili
    15 Raymond Faitala-Mariner
    16 Charlie Gubb
    17 Albert Vete
    18 David Fusitua

    "The likely replacement is probably Dave, he is playing terrific football in our NSW Cup side," McFadden said.

    "He is very damaging so if Konrad wasn't to pull fit then probably David would come in.

    "Still not sure yet [how serious Hurrell's injury is], hopefully it's not too bad.

    "Obviously he didn't finish the session so that puts him in some doubt for this weekend, but I will get a more extensive report from our medical staff hopefully soon.

    "He didn't dislocate it, I haven't really had time to debrief with the medical staff."

    To date in season 2015 Fusitu'a has managed just one NRL appearance, scoring a try against the Titans in Round 8 before an injury layoff and stint in the NSW Cup.

    The athletic former Junior Kiwi has been pressing for a recall for the last few weeks, with some impressive displays for the Warriors' reserve side, including scoring a hat-trick in their Round 16 win over Mounties.

    Another contender for a backline spot is veteran Jonathan Wright, who penned a one year contract extension with the club on Tuesday.

    Also re-signed were Albert Vete [two years], Nathaniel Roache [two years] and Marata Niukore [one year].

    The club also announced the departure of standoff Chad Townsend on compassionate grounds, with the Sharks confirming his signature.

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    Storm
    1 Cameron Munster
    2 Marika Koroibete
    3 Will Chambers
    4 Hymel Hunt
    5 Richard Kennar
    6 Blake Green
    7 Cooper Cronk
    8 Jesse Bromwich
    9 Cameron Smith (c)
    10 Tim Glasby
    11 Kevin Proctor
    12 Tohu Harris
    13 Dale Finucane

    Interchange
    14 Ryan Hinchcliffe
    15 Kenny Bromwich
    16 Ben Hampton
    17 Felise Kaufusi

    Coach: Craig Bellamy
    Jordan McLean is out. His omission sees Ben Hampton move to the bench and Cooper Cronk return from both a knee injury and Origin duty at halfback.

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    Damn, I had no idea this game would be Smith's 300th. While I've tipped the Cane Toads to take out the SOO, I hope those Cockroaches give'em a bashing either way. Though I can't see Bellamy resting Cronk or Smith in such a clutch game, if they're sore, sorry and spent, he might reconsider. Ominously, Koroibete looked like he was warming up the engine last week as well. With Hurrell looking doubtful and Cappy again risking the 3 man bench (unless he has some totally cool suprise in store), I find my already shaky confidence slipping. Curse my frail convictions!!! :shifty:
     
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    It's a shame Slater is out for the season as this game could have been a real test, as it is, the Storm are still a well drilled side, but aren't anywhere near the team they are with Slater in the line-up.

    They'll be lucky to make the eight.
     
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    Ok. I will. I curse your frail convictions!

    Watching the Storm v the Broncos a week or two ago, they were without Cronk, it was as if all their thinking, their ball playing, everything was on slo-mo. So Bellamy won't rest either Cronk or Smith unless they are injured, as without them they're like headless chickens.

    On a different level, Smith may be a great great player, but there's no question, he's a nasty bastard. Nasty bastards tend to get their comeuppance, so if it's his 300th, they've lost this match already.

    Hoff, do us all a favour at SOO, wear some head protection, mate. You're a worry.
     
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    We need him big time. i hated watching the last origin and ill hate watching this one for the pure fact sometimes he looks like he is about to get concussed..... is there a a rule that says like 3 concussions in a year and you sit out the season? hes on two at the moment.
     
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    Lol. Don't get me wrong, I still have us winning the game... by a point.

    Err, against the Broncos? Wish we were them then. The Storm are too well drilled an outfit to dismiss entirely, especially with a bench like that. That said, I'm more worried about Smith than Cronk. Cronk's a good player, but without the Thurstons and Slaters around, I fancy SJ's chances to outplay him.

    It's more about his team lifting for their captain on the day. He may not be liked much by non-Storm/Qld fans, but I think it's fair to say he's the sort of player other players love to play with and tend to lift for on special occasions. And yeah, he's a 'fair' player in his own right. So yeah, while I wouldn't wish him any 'serious' harm, a mild sprain or pulled muscle... On pricks getting their just deserts, that'd explain Smith's glaring lack of success. o_O

    100% agreed, though if he does crack his melon on something, all I'm saying is that I hope it's a vulnerable part of Smith's body. :happy:
     
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    Headgear wont help, I remember a study posted a few years back saying the rugby headgear made no difference to concussions.

    Just did a quick google search and found the article
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    They look weak on paper, the kiwi forwards are good, cronk, smith and then a meh backline. Warriors have a good chance here, like always the Warriors look good on paper but who knows what they will produce on the day
     
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    Fusitu'a in as Warriors wait on Hurrell
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    5:51 PM Tuesday Jul 7, 2015
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    Should Konrad Hurrell be forced to sit out this weekend's match, coach Andrew McFadden has nominated winger-turned-centre David Fusitua as his likely replacement. Photo / Jason Oxenham


    David Fusitua has been named as 18th man for the Warriors as they sweat on the fitness of centre Konrad Hurrell ahead of Sunday's clash against the Melbourne Storm at Mt Smart Stadium (4pm kick-off).

    Hurrell sent alarm bells ringing when he suffered an injury to his left arm while taking part in some opposed drills at team training today, and was assisted from the field by medical staff with his arm in a sling.

    Should the 23-year-old Tongan international be forced to sit out this weekend's match, McFadden nominated winger-turned- centre Fusitu'a as his likely replacement.

    "We're still not sure yet. Hopefully it's not too bad," said McFadden.

    "We were doing some diving on loose ball just at the start of the training session.

    I think he just fell awkwardly so I'm not too sure how bad it is.

    "Obviously he didn't finish the session and that puts him in some doubt for this weekend but I'll get a more extensive report from out medical staff hopefully very soon.

    "He's (Fusitu'a) been playing terrific football in our NSW Cup side. He's very damaging so if Konrad wasn't able to pull fit then probably Dave will come in."

    Sunday's game will be halfback Shaun Johnson's 99th appearance in Warriors colours, moving him within one match of becoming the club's 23rd 100-game player.

    That will leave him on track to bring up his century against the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium on July 19; he made his debut against the same side and at the same venue in 2011.

    The 24-year-old has collected 34 points in his last two outings against the Gold Coast Titans and the Canberra Raiders to take his career tally past 500 points (and 100 for the season).

    With 526 points, he has gone past Ivan Cleary (439) this season and is poised to overtake James Maloney (547) to move into third position on the club's all-time list.

    The top two spots belong to Stacey Jones (674) and Manu Vatuvei, who has an all-tries total of 584 points.

    With the Michael Moore Trophy at stake, the Warriors are seeking a run of three straight wins for the second time this season.

    After beating Gold Coast 36-14 and Canberra 30-8 they have won five of their last seven games to have a share of fourth spot on 20 points; they're seventh on points for and against.

    The Storm are also on 20 points and sitting fifth but have lost their last three games and four of their last five. Their most recent win was against Penrith on June 6.

    The visitors are set to be boosted by the return of their Queensland State of Origin players Cameron Smith, Will Chambers and Cooper Cronk provided they come through tomorrow night's series decider in Brisbane.

    Smith is in line to achieve one of the game's biggest milestones with his 300th NRL appearance on Sunday.

    The Warriors will be hoping their experienced forwards Jacob Lillyman and Ryan Hoffman survive as well as they look to join Ben Matulino, Nathan Friend, Simon Mannering and Bodene Thompson in a settled starting pack.

    Lillyman, Hoffman, Mannering, Thompson and Matulino have started 14 of the club's 15 games so far (Lillyman and Hoffman missed just the match against the Roosters ahead of Origin II).

    Overall the Warriors have 15 wins, two draws and 18 losses in 35 encounters with the Storm.

    At Mount Smart Stadium the record is 8-8 after 16 matches so far. In the last 10 games stretching back to 2010 the rivals are also even at 5-5.

    Warriors: 1. Sam Tomkins, 2. Tuimoala Lolohea, 3. Konrad Hurrell, 4. Solomone Kata, 5. Manu Vatuvei, 6. Chad Townsend, 7. Shaun Johnson, 8. Jacob Lillyman, 9. Nathan Friend, 10. Ben Matulino, 11. Bodene Thompson, 12. Ryan Hoffman, 13. Simon Mannering (c).

    Interchange: 14. Siliva Havili, 15. Raymond Faitala-Mariner, 16. Charlie Gubb, 17. Albert Vete, 18. David Fusitua.

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    ive missed a lot of NSW and under 20s this year. Has Fus been playing as a winger or a centre in NSW Cup?
     
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    Do you mean a fair player as in pretty good (no-one can argue this) or fair as in he plays fair? I think you probably agree with Alex McKinnon. Smith missed the Grand Final because of a chicken wing tackle. He's one of those players who have no misgivings about roadkill, though he doesn't have the mindless venom of a Justin Poore. Yes, his way of playing wins matches and whole campaigns, but in the long run, he's just piling up the karma. I don't wish him a big injury either, his payback isn't ours to decide. But his side losing badly on his 300th would be sweet. How about 40:4? :p :)
     
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    The games I have seen he has played center.
     
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    Hope we get revenge from Koroibete absolutely slaying our team earlier on this year. lol
     
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