12 Jun 2015

Warriors clean out after humiliating loss

12:00 pm on 12 June 2015

In the wake of their humiliating 36-4 loss to defending National Rugby League champions South Sydney, Warriors coach Andrew McFadden has made seven changes for his side for this weekend's match against the Sydney Roosters in Auckland.

The Warriors have slipped to eighth on the NRL ladder following the drubbing in Perth.

McFadden was forced to make two changes to the starting pack with prop Jacob Lillyman and second rower Ryan Hoffman both retained for Queensland and New South Wales respectively for the second State of Origin match in Melbourne next week.

Promoted from the interchange to start in Lillyman's place is Albert Vete with Raymond Faitala-Mariner earning his second NRL appearance as Hoffman's replacement.

Brought onto the interchange for Vete is Charlie Gubb, the 25-year-old set to play his first NRL game this season and the seventh of his career stretching back to 2013.

Will the Warriors flag be flying high this weekend as they try to overcome a humiliating loss to South Sydney?

Will the Warriors flag be flying high this weekend as they try to overcome a humiliating loss to South Sydney? Photo: Photosport

In other changes from the side used in last Saturday night's loss to South Sydney in Perth, Sam Tomkins is set to start at fullback, after being a late withdrawal from the side to play the Rabbitohs.

Konrad Hurrell returns from his three-game suspension to replace Jonathan Wright in the centres and Tuimoala Lolohea moves to the interchange.

Nathan Friend is set to start at hooker after being used from the bench against the Rabbitohs with Siliva Havili turning out for the New South Wales Cup side.

With a six win six loss reacord and 14 points, the Warriors are now eighth on the ladder following Canterbury-Bankstown's win over St George Illawarra yesterday.

Manu Vatuvei has the chance on Saturday night to achieve one of the most remarkable feats in rugby league history.

He scored his ninth try of the season last week and should he snare a try against the Roosters he'll have the distinction of scoring 10 tries in 10 consecutive seasons, a mark no player has achieved since the competition began in 1908.

Now 13th equal on the all-time list with 144 tries in 205 games, Vatuvei is also within reach of becoming just the 11th player to score 150 tries in the competition.

The only current players ahead of him are Melbourne's Billy Slater (172 tries in 277 games) and Manly's Brett Stewart (152 tries in 201 games) while South Sydney's Greg Inglis (129 tries in 213 games) ranks fourth among active players.