NRL: Week off timely for Vatuvei

Manu Vatuvei was named in an unchanged Warriors side to meet the Storm on Sunday. Photo / Getty Images.
Manu Vatuvei was named in an unchanged Warriors side to meet the Storm on Sunday. Photo / Getty Images.

A week off for the Warriors in the NRL has come at just the right time for wing Manu Vatuvei.

Vatuvei was widely criticised for a handful of errors in the side's loss to the Tigers before the bye.

On top of that, he spent a portion of last weekend battling the flu.

He's named in an unchanged side to meet the Storm on Sunday, and says scheduling's been kind to him.

"Especially with my performance, just unlucky, you know I got sick and stuff, so it was lucky it was a bye because I think I would've missed the game."

Vatuvei will stay on the wing against Melbourne on Sunday, and says he's used to people singling out the poor aspects of his game.

"I'm kind of known for my errors now, whenever I do something good and one error comes out, all the good stuff goes out the door and they concentrate on my error."

The Warriors side is unchanged from the one that lost to the Tigers.

WARRIORS

Mt Smart Stadium, 4pm Sunday

Glen Fisiiahi
Bill Tupou
Ben Henry
Konrad Hurrell
Manu Vatuvei
James Maloney
Shaun Johnson
Russell Packer
Alehana Mara
Ben Matulino
Elijah Taylor
Simon Mannering
Feleti Mateo

Warriors: Lewis Brown, Sam Rapira, Sione Lousi, Jacob Lillyman.

STORM

Billy Slater
Matt Duffie
Dane Nielsen
Will Chambers
Justin O'Neill
Gareth Widdop
Cooper Cronk
Jesse Bromwich
Cameron Smith
Jason Ryles
Ryan Hinchcliffe
Ryan Hoffman
Todd Lowrie

Storm: Anthony Quinn, Rory Kostjasyn, Michael Greenfield, J Lowe.

- Newstalk ZB

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