29 Mar 2011

Warriors coach drops three and reshuffles side for Sharks match

5:14 pm on 29 March 2011

The New Zealand rugby league test fullback Lance Hohaia is one of three players dropped from the Warriors side for Sunday's round four NRL match against Cronulla in Taupo,

Hohaia, centre Joel Moon and halfback Brett Seymour pay the heaviest price for

the Warriors' winless start to the season.

Coach Ivan Cleary also reshuffled his side, keeping only five players in the positions they started in against the home loss to St George Illawarra.

There's a new centres combination of utility Shaun Berrigan and captain Simon Mannering while Feleti Mateo will start at standoff with James Maloney moving to halfback.

Glen Fisiiahi will play fullback, while Bill Tupou comes in for the first time this season on the right wing for Kevin Locke, who's on the bench.

Only one change was forced by injury with yesterday's confirmation the veteran centre Jerome Ropati will miss the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.