Vatuvei to aid Warriors’ forward effort

first_imgStill without experienced prop Ben Matulino due to injury, and with his forwards having struggled at times to assert themselves in contests against the Knights and Storm, Kearney’s inclusion of the 109kg Vatuvei effectively gives the Warriors another middle forward to lean on early in tackle counts.Vatuvei replaces 22-year-old utility back Tuimoala Lolohea and will line up across the field from Ken Maumalo, with the pair giving the Warriors a combined 214kgs of bulk on the flanks.”[Manu] will bring a strong carry, he carries the ball pretty strong and I think the experience he brings with his game [is important],” Kearney said of Vatuvei, who played for the club’s reserve-grade side in the opening two rounds.”He has played over 200 games of NRL, he has done the business in the past.”He has done really well [in reserve grade], he didn’t get the opportunity to play any of the trials so the idea was to give him some game time and I am happy with that.”The Bulldogs have named five international forwards for the Round 3 encounter at Forsyth Barr Stadium, ensuring they will present a huge challenge for the youthful Warriors’ pack.Despite being ranked fifth in the NRL Telstra Premiership for metres gained after the first two weeks, 15-season veteran Jacob Lillyman told he believed his fellow big men had plenty more to offer.”There is always room for improvement, we can certainly step it up a level and we will try and do that this week,” Lillyman said.”A few of the young forwards have shown maturity beyond their years”Sammy [Lisone] and I have been on the bench and our goal over the last two weeks was to just try and bring some energy and lift the team a little bit, and I think we have done OK.”We know how tough the Bulldogs are, and their backs are to the wall a little bit.”They don’t go away… we are under no illusions, it’s going to be a really tough game.”Meanwhile Vatuvei will have fond memories of his only previous competitive game at Forsyth Barr Stadium, having scored a crucial try for the Kiwis in a 16-14 victory over England at the venue during the 2014 Four Nations.Now in his 14th season in the top flight, Vatuvei will line up against first-grade debutante Marcelo Montoya, who comes in for the injured Kerrod Holland.‌last_img read more

DDTV: The Frank McGuinness play that has people coming to Donegal!

first_imgIt’s the play that has people wanting to come to Donegal.‘Donegal’ is a music written by Frank McGuinness and it’s already playing to packed houses at the Abbey Theatre. The Day family are Irish country music royalty and Irene is their queen. Her relatives are completely dependent on her success. But as Irene’s star fades the Days are facing financial destruction.When the heir to her musical throne, Jackie Day, returns from the States with a new girlfriend, resentments simmer. Does Irene have the strength to hold the clan together? And will Jackie save them with the gift of a song?A world premiere from one of the Ireland’s greatest playwrights, Donegal is a musical play about family, place and country music.BOOKING INFORMATION 6 October – 19 NovemberPreviews 6 – 11 OctoberOn the Abbey stageTimes: Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Sat 2pmTickets: €13 – €45 / Conc. €13 – €28Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 10 November, 7.30pmAudio-described and captioned performance: Saturday 12 November, 2pmDDTV: The Frank McGuinness play that has people coming to Donegal! was last modified: October 18th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more