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Round 3 Sharks v Warriors



What is the dealio with Sam Rapira? Was he injured? 


I heard nothing before kick off. Not sure what the story was. Would think it would have to be some kind of injury as his experience could have been useful out there today. 


Elliot doesnt have his work cut for him, he has to do that first then he has his work cut for him 


Cronulla was too strong for an undermanned Vodafone Warriors side as it triumphed 28-4 in Sundayís third-round NRL match at Sharks Stadium in Sydney.
Playing in soaring temperatures, the Vodafone Warriors were without two players from the side originally selected, experienced front rower Sam Rapira out with a hand injury and winger Glen Fisiiahi at home with his family following his sisterís death.
With Rapira joining fellow front rowers Russell Packer, Sione Lousi, Sam Lousi and Charlie Gubb on the injured list, the propping resources were further depleted when Steve Rapiraís match was ended after only a few minutes. He was forced off with an ugly ear wound which will require plastic surgery to repair.
It also meant Vodafone Warriors head coach Matthew Elliott had to throw Jacob Lillyman into the fray much earlier than planned.
Despite diminished resources there was reason for optimism when halfback Shaun Johnson reeled off not just one but two 40/20s within a few minutes, giving him three for the season after his career-first 40/20 at Eden Park last weekend.
But it was the Sharks who would set the tone in trying conditions they appeared to find easier to cope with than the Vodafone Warriors.
Soon enough they were 6-0 ahead via a ninth-minute John Morris try and Michael Gordonís conversion. They had much going for them from then on yet, despite more possession and a favourable 4-1 penalty count, they remained just six points in front with halftime not too far away.
It didnít last with the Sharks organising further tries to fullback Gordon and winger Beau Ryan in the last six minutes of the half to take an 18-0 advantage into a break from a furnace-like conditions.
By halftime Lillyman had already made 20 tackles with Cronulla in the ascendancy in all key areas.
The second half mission was to stem the flow of points but as early as the 45th minute the Sharks were in for their fourth try, Sam Tagataese scoring from long range up the middle of the park. Gordonís conversion made in 24-0 with the omens not looking too good.
However, for the best part of 30 minutes the Vodafone Warriors dug in and kept turning Cronulla away (with the video referee also helping on occasion).
Interchange dummy half Pita Godinet sneaked across, too, but had a would-be try rubbed out when the video officials found he had lost control right on the line.
It wasnít until the 71st minute that Cronulla scored again and then, with the score reading 28-0, the Vodafone Warriors had their only try-scoring joy as centre Konrad Hurrell crossed for his first touchdown of the season wide out.
Lillyman (43 tackles) and loose forward Todd Lowrie (40) had heavy workloads on defence. Debutant winger Ngani Laumape (19) had plenty of work with the ball, making 111 metres from 13 runs.
The injury toll continues to mount, the list now reading Sam and Steve Rapira, Russell Packer, Charlie Gubb, Sione and Sam Lousi, Manu Vatuvei, Nathan Friend, Jerome Ropati, Harry Siejka, Carlos Tuimavave and Alehana Mara.
The Vodafone Warriors arrive back in Auckland tomorrow afternoon facing nine days before their next match against North Queensland on Easter Monday (April 1). The match, kicking off at 6.00pm, is their first of the season at Mount Smart Stadium, part of a triple header starting with the Auckland Vulcans taking on the Windsor Wolves in the New South Wales Cup (1.35pm), the Vodafone Junior Warriors meeting the young Cowboys in the NYC (3.45pm) and the NRL sides facing off in the third match of the day.

Match details:
At Sharks Stadium, Cronulla
Cronulla Sharks 28 (John Morris, Michael Gordon, Beau Ryan, Sam Tagataese, Jeff Robson tries; Michael Gordon 4 conversions).
Vodafone Junior Warriors 4 (Konrad Hurrell try).
Halftime: 18-0.
Referees: Adam Devcich and Henry Perenara.
Vodafone Warriors: Kevin Locke; Ngani Laumape, Konrad Hurrell, Dane Nielsen, Bill Tupou; Thomas Leuluai, Shaun Johnson; Steve Rapira, Elijah Taylor, Ben Matulino; Ben Henry, Simon Mannering (c); Todd Lowrie. Interchange: Jacob Lillyman, Feleti Mateo, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Pita Godinet. 


I haven't seen the full match replay yet, just highlights, but I was disappointed when I saw the final result.

Have the Warriors improved in any area? 


Well after a very poor effort in the first half, the score could have ended up a real blow out. Whilst they were never going to come back from 18-0 down, they did show some spine in the decond half. Score was 10-4, when they could have easily put 40 on us. Other than that, no not really. 


as much as i like simon mannering as a player, he isn't leading as a captain should and is making uncharacteristic mistakes... just throwing this out there, is it time to start looking at a new captain, either within the club or from outside? (and no i don't have any idea who could replace him!)... bringing in a captain from outside has worked before, remember steve price
Strangely with the success that the junior warriors have had since the nyc began, one thing i think that has caught us out is lack of depth, manu is the only first grade quality winger we have, (as shown with laumape's selection... who else do we have, fish is far from first grade quality and tupou goes missing), friend gets injured and we have no one to replace him with, we lose a centre or second rower and we don't have any quality players to replace them. We have a squad of 30 and we don't have a recognised goalkicker amongst them! Most importantly the players don't seem to want to play for each other!
I don't think it's matt elliotts fault, he has inherited a team that was built by poor selection policies. We have signed the wrong juniors... seluini and s.likiliki (among others) should have been kept. If we lose someone like havili i will be seriously pissed! (just look at the stats from laumape from the weekend ) We have had juniors that could have improved the team (we always have... nigel vagana was a warrior junior remember) but we don't keep the good ones. fisiiahi, ikihihifo, taukeiaho, j.palavi and the lousi's are players that i cannot see being in warriors colours past there current contracts... we do need to bring in new players (maybe bring back some juniors we've lost). With the number of players off contract this year hopefully the 2014 warriors look a bit different! 



Warriors CEO Wayne Scurrah has often defended Mannering as “the captain who got us to the 2011 GF”.

Well Wayne, it was a vastly different team then. There was much more experience around and in some cases a lot more experience than Mannering has (e.g. Hohia, Luck and even the flukish Inu). Everyone knew and did their job without having the captain in their face. The same can't be said for the baby Warriors and yet Mannering hasn't adapted his level of on-field input.

Can't see the newly reappointed Mannering being replaced, so he'll have to change his ways to spark the new Warriors into defending. If not, the upcoming NQL and Souths games will mean 0 wins from 5 games for the season and the 'for and against' in triple digit negative . 


Mannering is not going to be replaced, he has already been appointed as Kiwis captain as well 


When is Nathan Friend back? 


Round 4....unless the team medic wants to horrify everyone with another late diagnosis of more surgery. 


Quite disappointing that the judiciary panel on placed a grade 1 charge on Ben Ross for Knee lifting in the tackle by Rapira. He pleaded guilty and will serve no suspension. 

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