Michael Burgess

Michael Burgess is the football and rugby league writer for the Herald on Sunday.

League: Unchanged line-up to face Bulldogs

Andrew McFadden. Photo / Getty Images
Andrew McFadden. Photo / Getty Images

Andrew McFadden's first official act as Warriors' head coach was to plump for stability, naming an unchanged team yesterday for Sunday's match against the top of the table Bulldogs.

Across his brief tenure fans have become accustomed to one or two surprises from McFadden's selections, whether it was axing the likes of Feleti Mateo and Dane Nielsen or bringing youngsters like Siliva Havili and Charlie Gubb into the side.

However after Saturday's resounding 54-12 win over Canberra there was no need to change, and the injuries to Thomas Leuluai and Sam Rapira ease the selection headaches for McFadden.

It means Konrad Hurrell and Ben Henry will again start together in the centres - with the dependable Henry making a strong case for a permanent place out wide, despite him being earmarked for a role in the forwards this year.

"He's a very good footballer," said McFadden.

"You wouldn't say he is the most dynamic of centres but he certainly makes up for it with his football smarts. His defence is rock solid and he has certainly got a place in our side."

The match in Hamilton on Sunday will also see Ben Matulino continue as a wide ranging back rower and Kevin Locke as the interchange hooking option.

Simon Mannering will play his 198th match this weekend.

- NZ Herald

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