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Toopi is King

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Mar 20, 2016
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Is there a chance that we might get an exemption this week from the NRL to replace our entire team with another team, ie Melbourne Storm?, we could just say that we are pants and offer no contest, so in the interest of making it a good competition, we wish to pick players from existing NRL teams
 

Sledge

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Apr 10, 2016
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Ben Matulino becomes just the fourth player to make 200 appearances for the Vodafone Warriors when they face St George Illawarra in their 11th-round NRL clash at FMG Stadium Waikato on Friday night (8.00pm kick-off).

The club’s first-ever home game in Hamilton will also be a milestone occasion for second rower Bodene Thompson who plays his 50th match for the Vodafone Warriors, his 135th career game.

Matulino (28) follows Stacey Jones (2005) and current team-mates Simon Mannering (2014) and Manu Vatuvei (2015) in joining the club’s elite 200-game club.

A foundation NYC player in 2008, Matulino was the first graduate from the under-20 competition to play both 100 and 150 NRL games but injuries and suspension have held him up with Brisbane’s Andrew McCullough and Alex Glenn edging him to the 200 mark.

Matulino has again been named on the bench as he prepares to add a significant achievement to a career which has so far seen him play a total of almost 9100 minutes, make more than 20,000 metres from almost 2300 runs (averaging 100.9 metres a game) and more than 4110 tackles (averaging 20.7 a game).

While Matulino lines up he won’t have his long-standing team-mates Mannering and Vatuvei alongside him. Mannering hasn’t recovered from the hamstring injury which forced him out of last Saturday’s 28-36 loss to Penrith while Vatuvei is sidelined with a calf injury he picked up in the final field session last Friday when he was all set to make his return to the NRL.

Also out of contention this week is Solomone Kata. He was making his comeback from a hamstring complaint last week when he was forced from the field with another leg injury in the 69th minute.

With Kata out, David Fusitua switches from the wing to the centres, Ken Maumalo is back replacing Fusitua after playing in the Intrust Super Premiership last Saturday and Bunty Afoa, who started on the bench against Penrith, has been named to start at loose forward.

Brought onto the extended bench this week are props Charlie Gubb and Albert Vete as well as utility Tuimoala Lolohea

In their last home game against the Dragons, the Vodafone Warriors prevailed 26-10 at Mount Smart Stadium on May 1 last year to end a run of 11 consecutive losses to St George Illawarra dating back to 2008. When the two sides met in Sydney on March 26 this year, the Dragons won 26-12 on a day when Kieran Foran’s anticipated debut was put on hold after he was ruled out during the warm-up.

The Dragons have a 20-5 winning advantage in 25 encounters with the Vodafone Warriors with an 8-4 edge in 12 matches played in Auckland.

Matulino can fuck off......
 

Ever Hopeful

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It would be nice to see a young forward get named on at least the extended bench to keep them motivated and optimistic
 
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AlexM

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Feb 19, 2017
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Hopefully if players don't perform this round , he can drop them and field New players around origin time. Should be easier on them
 

Toopi is King

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Mar 20, 2016
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So what did we learn from last week?, not alot really by the looks of it.

So what will we learn from this week? If we win, we have learnt that there really is a shit culture amongst the boys to give up a 22 point lead as we are feilding much the same players. If we lose we have learnt that the shit culture that exists can't be changed by a rev up after a shit game, and that the players we have on our books is unable to perform at the level we require to be semifinal contenders.

Not really an upside to either result this weekend, I guess we just have to hope and pray that this weeks win is yet again another turning point in our season, Instead of the motto "It's just a matter of faith", it should now read "It's just a matter of blind faith" which I'm happy to accept but call it as it is, not as you want it to be
 

WarriorBall

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Same side as the one that took on the Roosters with the exception of Mannering.

Bunty's probably the best equipped to step into his boots so no problem there for me.

I'd like to think that first half performance against the Panthers is the only thing keeping some of these players in first grade this week.

I can't see a W for us come Friday, on top of last weekends debacle this is the last chance for Origin hopefuls like Paul Vaughan, Cameron McInnes and Tyson Frizell to push their claims for a Blue's jersey.
 

Dunedin warrior

1st Grade Fringe
Nov 10, 2014
1,157
It was a tough watch on Saturday but that backline is the best we can field at the moment. The forwards are a hard watch but there aren't many options. Pat Sipley is injured, Satae too raw for now and Toa Sipley needs to play more minutes per game for me especially with Mannering out. That leaves you with Gubb and Vete.

I would have considered Lolohea instead of Roache.
Roache is having a hard time of it and a game in ISP could get some match time and form in him. Tui despite being very mediocre at the moment provides back cover and could do a 10 minute stint at Hooker.
 

Ever Hopeful

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Feb 24, 2013
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It was a tough watch on Saturday but that backline is the best we can field at the moment. The forwards are a hard watch but there aren't many options. Pat Sipley is injured, Satae too raw for now and Toa Sipley needs to play more minutes per game for me especially with Mannering out. That leaves you with Gubb and Vete.

I would have considered Lolohea instead of Roache.
Roache is having a hard time of it and a game in ISP could get some match time and form in him. Tui despite being very mediocre at the moment provides back cover and could do a 10 minute stint at Hooker.

Agree that Roache needs game time. 10 minutes a weekend is not going to cut it for his development
 

jonno

Warriors 1st Grader
Jul 13, 2014
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The team makes sense to me.

Bunty can play 80 mins and tackle pretty good. He also runs nice lines on attack.

The back line worked well against the roosters, and our goal line defense held, which it'll have to do again.
 

Warrior

1st Grade Fringe
Mar 4, 2014
72
With Mannering out, we need to play 4 forwards on the bench. At least part of the disaster on Saturday was caused by players playing longer minutes than normal and running out of gas. A fresh Vete coming on after 50 minutes would have been very handy.

Luke can suck it up and play 80. It's not like we use Roache as a utility player anyway - Bodene has been covering any injuries in the backs lately.
 
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