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Vatuavei double powers Warriors to another trial win

Last week Manu Vatuvei scored the match-winner for the NRL Stars and he stepped up again tonight with a critical two-try haul to power the Warriors to a 22-14 NRL trial win over South Sydney at Coffs Harbour.
Vatuavei double powers Warriors to another trial win
by NRL

Last week Manu Vatuvei scored the match-winner for the NRL Stars and he stepped up again tonight with a critical two-try haul to power the Warriors to a 22-14 NRL trial win over South Sydney at Coffs Harbour.

Vatuvei's first was a regulation effort when he raced onto Shaun Johnson's nicely-weighted grubber to take the Vodafone Warriors into a 16-4 lead soon after halftime.

Then minutes later Vatuvei provided one of his specials, The Beast rampant as he powered more than 50 metres down the left side of the field, bringing the ball around behind the posts to give Johnson a simple conversion for a telling 22-4 lead.

While South Sydney came back at the Vodafone Warriors with two tries in the final quarter, head coach Brian McClennan and his players had plenty to be pleased about as they backed up last week's 26-10 success against Gold Coast.

The opening 40-minute period was as tight as any contest the Vodafone Warriors have been involved in, which was hardly surprising given the make-up of a South Sydney pack which included former Kiwi captain Roy Asotasi, Michael Crocker, Dave Taylor and Eddy Pettybourne with plenty of other heavy artillery to call on from the bench.

In the end just two tries resulted with the second 20-minute period scoreless.

Vodafone Warriors captain Simon Mannering gave his side an explosive start when he crossed after only three minutes, a try which owed much to the work Nathan Friend and James Maloney did in giving Mannering an opening on the right side.

Just before the end of the opening quarter the Rabbitohs replied when the big man Taylor took a Shaune Corrigan off load to score wide out. With the conversion astray, the Vodafone Warriors had a 6-4 lead, an advantage they held onto until halftime through some strong defensive work.

The start to the second half was in direct contrast to end of the first spell, at least it was for the Vodafone Warriors.

First Hurrell went over wide out on the left. With Maloney off the field, Shaun Johnson nailed a superb conversion to take his side out to a 12-4 lead.

Before the third quarter was out, Vatuvei made his twin strikes to help his side to an impressive 18-point lead with 20 minutes to play.

The Vodafone Warriors went into the match with their starting line-up relatively similar to the one used in the opening stanza of last Saturday's hit-out against Gold Coast.

The most notable differences were Manu Vatuvei's return on the wing after being on All Stars duty, Konrad Hurrell being moved into the centres and Sione Lousi starting at prop for the injured Jacob Lillyman.

The Vodafone Warriors return home tomorrow, resuming training on Tuesday to prepare for their final trial against the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles at Toll Stadium in Whangarei next Saturday (February 18). The match kicks off at 5.00pm with the Vodafone Junior Warriors playing the Auckland Vulcans in the 3.00pm curtain-raiser.

Match details:

At BCU International Stadium, Coffs Harbour
South Sydney Rabbitohs 14 (Dave Taylor, Kurt French, Andrew Everingham tries; Dylan Farrell conversions).
NZ Warriors 22 (Manu Vatuvei 2, Simon Mannering, Konrad Hurrell tries; Shaun Johnson 2 conversions; James Maloney conversion).
Halftime: 6-4 Warriors.


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