The Warriors are training this week towards their final trial match at North Harbour Stadium vs Manly. Cleary says he is going to field his best side against Manly - subject to fitness. Tickets for the trail are available from Ticketek and it will cost $15 for an adult. Through My Ticketek there is also a buy 3 get 2 free deal - so you can get 5 tickets for a total of $45 - thats only $9 each. Bummer about the match being at North Harbour through - what a hassle to get to the stadium! There are public transport options available but they will require alot of patience.
Lots of interesting selection choices to be made to find the best possible team out of the available players, particularly around the fullback area. Lets review the injured players to start:
Wade McKinnon (fullback) - ankle injury picked up during training for the last trial match in Cairns - apparently not serious but won't play this week - hopes to be fit for round 1
Steve Price- (prop) - still nursing "complications" following off-season heel surgery - no hope of a return any time in the imminent future
Mannering - (centre/2nd row/captain) - hamstring injury incurred in off-season sprint training - should be fit for round 1
Ian Henderson - (hooker) - knee strain - likely to be out until at least round three
Brent Tate - (centre) - recovering from knee reconstruction - probable against Manly in Saturday's trial match
Vautvei will be fit and available after completing his All-Star commitments.
So who do we have in the guess best 13 to play Manly taking into account of the injury situation.
1 - Fullback - Hohaia
2 - Right Wing - Locke
3 - Right Centre - Tate
4 - Left Centre - Ropati / Ah Van
5 - Left Wing - Vatuvei / Tupou
6 - Stand off - Moon
7 - Half Back - Seymour
8 - Prop - R. Packer
9 - Hooker - Heremia
10 - Prop - Rapira
11 - second row - Matulino
12 - second row - Brown
13 - loose/lock forward - Luck
There is of course the substitute bench - and quite a lot of rotation could be possible - throughout the squad.
Taking a look at Manly they have named a strong side to play in the trial this Saturday. Clearys official team sheet should be out later in the day.