13 Sep 2011

Tigers wary of wounded Vatuvei

5:59 am on 13 September 2011

Manu Vatuvei may be coming off a game so poor it forced him to apologise to Warriors fans, but the Wests Tigers know if they're not careful in this Friday's National Rugby League elimination clash it will be them feeling sorry.

Vatuvei played one of the worst games of his career in the Warriors' humiliating 40-10 loss at Suncorp Stadium - struggling under the high ball and producing a game-high five errors.

The shocker revived memories of when he made six errors and let in three tries in a shambolic effort against Parramatta in 2007, but the Tigers are deeply concerned about the havoc the scorned winger could wreak.

In-form Tigers winger Beau Ryan, who at just 87kg gives away a staggering 25kg in his battle with 'the Beast', is fully expecting Vatuvei to bounce back in a big way at the Sydney Football Stadium.

Ryan says everyone in rugby league knows that when Manu has a poor game he follows it with a big one.

He says there's no-one that matches the Tongan for raw power, adding he loves the challenge of playing against someone that's virtually unstoppable.