TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Vodafone Warriors v Broncos

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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Vodafone Warriors v Broncos

Postby Muppet » Tue Jun 25, 2013 7:01 pm

Glen Fisiiahi, who has scored four tries in the Vodafone Warriors' last three games, has again been named at fullback to face Brisbane on Sunday. Photo: Photosport.

The Vodafone Warriors’ quest for a fifth straight win will be in the hands of a familiar combination in Sunday’s 16th-round NRL clash against Brisbane at Mount Smart Stadium (4.05pm kick-off; match day sponsor: Herald on Sunday).

Head coach Matthew Elliott today named the same 17 players used in the 23-12 win over the Sydney Roosters on June 16 with fullback Kevin Locke and prop Suaia Matagi added on a six-man bench.

Locke is back in the fame after recovering from the hip flexor injury which ruled him out of the wins over Manly and the Roosters while Matagi stays in the mix after being included in the initial squad last time.

While Ben Matulino has been named in jersey No 10 and Russell Packer on the bench in No 14, it’s still anticipated Packer will start as he has done recently alongside fellow front rower Sam Rapira. The formula has served the Vodafone Warriors well with Matulino and Jacob Lillyman making a huge impact off the bench. In the wins against Newcastle, Brisbane, Manly and the Roosters, Matulino’s series of metres gained reads 136, 123, 159 and 147 while Lillyman’s numbers have been 126, 159, 154 and 89; he played only 31 minutes in his last game.

Lillyman will be back with the Vodafone Warriors on Thursday after filling the 18th man role with Queensland for tomorrow night’s second State of Origin battle against New South Wales in Brisbane.

Like the Vodafone Warriors, the Broncos will also be coming off a bye not only refreshed but reinforced by the expected presence of their Queensland Origin players Justin Hodges, Sam Thaiday, Corey Parker and Matt Gillett who all missed the heavy 18-56 loss to the Vodafone Warriors at Suncorp Stadium on June 3.

“Our next match is always our toughest and this one against Brisbane will be a huge challenge for us,” said Elliott.

“We worked really hard and made some significant improvements before the bye but we all know there’s a long way still to go.

“We might be facing the same club again for the second time in a matter of weeks but the team itself will be a lot different to the one we met last time.”

With 10 tries in their June 3 meeting with Brisbane, the Vodafone Warriors have scored 25 tries and a total of 125 points in their last four games but more importantly they’ve restricted their opponents to 18 points or less each time, just 58 points in total.

Winger Manu Vatuvei’s spectacular 92-metre try against the Roosters was his ninth in his last eight appearances, lifting his career tally to 111 in 162 games. In fact, he has scored 18 tries in his last 21 games stretching back to round 10 last year, ranking him among the NRL’s top strike weapons over the past year.

The Vodafone Warriors-sponsored Kiwi Ferns will be special guests at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday as they prepare to leave for England for the Women’s Rugby League World Cup. Winners of the trophy each of the three times it has been contested, the Kiwi Ferns will be hosted in the Club Lounge and will be presented to the crowd to be farewelled.

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VODAFONE WARRIORS v BRISBANE BRONCOS

Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
4.05pm, Sunday, June 30
Referees: Gerard Sutton and Henry Perenara

VODAFONE WARRIORS

1 GLEN FISIIAHI
2 NGANI LAUMAPE
3 DANE NIELSEN
4 KONRAD HURRELL
5 MANU VATUVEI
6 THOMAS LEULUAI
7 SHAUN JOHNSON
8 SAM RAPIRA
9 NATHAN FRIEND
10 BEN MATULINO
11 FELETI MATEO
12 SIMON MANNERING (c)
13 ELIJAH TAYLOR
Interchange:
14 RUSSELL PACKER
15 JACOB LILLYMAN
16 TODD LOWRIE
17 DOMINIQUE PEYROUX
18 KEVIN LOCKE
20 SUAIA MATAGI

HEAD COACH: MATTHEW ELLIOTT
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Re: TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Vodafone Warriors v Broncos

Postby TerryG » Tue Jun 25, 2013 7:44 pm

Chances are Jake Lillyman won't be called on as QLD's 18th man, so he'll have plenty of energy for this game unlike the Broncos returning QLD stars.

My guess is that Todd Lowrie, who was rubbish against the Chooks, would be first to drop off the bench followed by Matagi. Save these two for a probable beating from Souths in round 17. We've got to come out of round 17 injury free to clean up the other more winable games if we're going to have a run at the top eight.
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Re: TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Vodafone Warriors v Broncos

Postby Northern_Union » Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:25 pm

I don't think Lillyman's form warrants selection anyway. Besides that the Maroons wont change a side that won 26 - 6.
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