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NRL 2015 - Rnd 14 - Warriors vs Roosters, Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland

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Time to get the beers in, put on your favourite jersey and if youre in town get to the park. Its game day.

Sam Tomkins returns at fullback with Siliva Havili dropping out of the team, Nathan Friend starts at hooker and Tuimoala Lolohea moves to the bench in a slight reshuffle. Jonathan Wright drops out of the team for Konrad Hurrell's return from suspension while Charlie Gubb and Raymond Faitala-Mariner come in for Origin representatives Jacob Lillyman and Ryan Hoffman. Albert Vete starts for Bull.

For the Roosters Blake Ferguson returns from a foot injury in place of Origin-bound centre Michael Jennings. Boyd Cordner's absence means Mitch Aubusson moves to the back row, Shaun Kenny-Dowall shifts to the centres and Brendan Elliot comes in on the wing. Mitchell Pearce is effectively replaced by Matt McIlwrick with Jackson Hastings starting at halfback while Aidan Guerra's absence means Sio Siua Taukeiaho starts and Willie Manu comes on to the bench.

Some late news suggests that Jared Waerea-Hargreaves may not play because of injury allowing Suaia Matagi to step up against his former club. Will add an interesting twist to the game and pit him against his young successors.

The last time we met at Mt Smart doesnt even bear remembering. Not so easy to do if you were one of the 20,000+ fans that showed up to the game on a beautiful sunny day :(.

Instead lets go back to fonder times like the 2008 semi final where a sold out stadium experienced one of the most electrifying Warriors matches ever played at our home.

Heres hoping we can repeat something along those lines today and come away injury free with a valuable 2 points in the kitty.



Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
8.00pm, Saturday, June 13


1 Sam Tomkins
2 Ken Maumalo
3 Konrad Hurrell
4 Solomone Kata
5 Manu Vatuvei
6 Chad Townsend
7 Shaun Johnson
8 Albert Vete
9 Nathan Friend
10 Ben Matulino
11 Bodene Thompson
12 Raymond Faitala-Mariner
13 Simon Mannering (c)

14 Tuimoala Lolohea
15 Sebastine Ikahihifo
16 Sam Lisone
17 Charlie Gubb
18 Jonathan Wright

Coach: Andrew McFadden

1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
2 Daniel Tupou
3 Shaun Kenny-Dowall
4 Blake Ferguson
5 Brendan Elliot
6 James Maloney
7 Jackson Hastings
8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
9 Jake Friend (c)
10 Sam Moa
11 Sio Siua Taukeiaho
12 Mitchell Aubusson
13 Isaac Liu

14 Matt McIlwrick
15 Willie Manu
16 Kane Evans
17 Dylan Napa
18 Suaia Matagi
Just got home from work...sleep then get ready for the boys to pluck the roosters. Hope it's even colder tonight at the Mt. We can do it...Warriors by 10
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was reading yesterday that Tomkins was still struggling with the knee injury.
I hope Tomkins can overcome his niggle and play today. We really need to get some use out of him before he heads home.

If Tui slots in, I'm not too worried. Makes the bench interesting - will Havili get a call up? Might be a safe bet to suggest that if we see Silva suit up for NSW cup, Tomkins will be in.

Up the Warriors, feeling a win tonight...
was reading yesterday that Tomkins was still struggling with the knee injury.
Yeah one report Ive seen suggests that Sam Tomkins is still in rehab and wont play. Tuimoala Lolohea to fullback and Siliva Havili to the bench. It'll all become clear once the Reserves play and Siliva is/isnt playing.
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Its windy as hell here but nowhere near as hot. Or even warm. The winds got a bite to it. Weather forecast has the odd shower coming our way across the day.

Perfect weather for a roast...

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Its windy as hell here but nowhere near as hot. Or even warm. The winds got a bite to it. Weather forecast has the odd shower coming our way across the day.

Perfect weather for a roast...

Sounds like a tricky day to be fielding bombs. Hopefully we see some of Shaun Johnson's stratosphere piercing monsters, with Kata and the Beast storming down on Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (smash him boys, but do it.... gently). :nurse:
If Tomkins is fit and plays, and with JWH out I'm actually picking us to win. Tomkins doesn't play then I'm not so sure,
I expect the Warriors to make zero use of Shaun Johnson's bombs and instead feed it to Le Chad on every fifth tackle play. Hopefully he can put up a little chip into the corner. Maybe even target Tupou.
Other than that, I want to see Manu drop it at least once with the try line open. Kata to drop it at least once over the line and a combination of our outside backs to drop it at least 4 times coming out of our own 20 while trying to give our 75 metre a game forwards the rest they deserve.
I also want to see Manu score a try only he can score, but only after he gets beaten on the outside twice.
I also want to see our defensive line move into a "holding" pattern about 10 minutes before the end of each half. Now this is a very important move where all we do is hold our shape while keeping our feet planted. No one is to move up and attempt a tackle. I then want the Roosters to run around us to score in the corner. Perfect.
I also want to see hurrel hurt his knee in a strong hit up, get taken off, then come back on about 15mins later. Who needs that spare interchange anyway ?

I also can't wait to see Tomkins not play again and maybe Shaun to get involved in the last 10 mins.
Go get em boys!!!
OH damn, just realised the game is at 8pm!

What am I supposed to do for 8 hours?!?!?!
Obviously every week I don't want them to do this they do. So this week I'm expecting it from them.
That could explain why his handling is a lot like someone who just suffered third degree burns, and his defense like someone who just ate an entire size 20 chicken.
I think you've just not only described Manu, but the rest of our wings plus a couple of centres ;)
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