Fisiiahi's injury earns Hohaia a reprieve

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Fisiiahi's injury earns Hohaia a reprieve

Post by map88 on Mon Apr 11, 2011 1:05 pm

An injury to impressive Warriors rookie Glen Fisiiahi looks set to give veteran Lance Hohaia a reprieve for next weekend's NRL clash with Manly.

Hohaia was recalled to the bench as reserve hooker for Saturday night's 24-12 victory over the Sydney Roosters after being dumped altogether a week earlier following the club's poor start to 2011.

Fullback Fisiiahi's high ankle sprain, picked up just before halftime in an awkward tackle from Roosters pair Daniel Conn and Justin Carney, is expected to keep the 20-year-old sidelined for up to a month.
That should see Hohaia reinstated in his preferred No.1 jersey as the Warriors hope to build on back-to-back wins when they travel to Brookvale Oval on Saturday night.

As the Warriors stepped up their intensity and put in some committed defensive work, Hohaia showed he had regained some of the spark missing earlier in the season as he scored one of his side's four tries.

Hohaia, 28, is into his 10th season with his only NRL club and admitted he was "pretty disappointed" at being dropped against Cronulla.

At the same time, he conceded it was the kick up the backside he deserved.
"I'm just happy with my performance," Hohaia said of his display against the Roosters.
"Hopefully I can keep building on the back of that.

"I thought 'Fish' played outstanding last week so it was probably best that I was on the bench this week.

"Unfortunately he copped an injury there but I'm sure he will bounce back and we are all competing for spots again."

Coach Ivan Cleary pointed to the Warriors' defence as the key to getting past the Roosters.
"Our defence won us the game, I thought," he said.

"It was certainly a focus during the week against a side that's obviously one of the best attacking teams in the comp."

http://www.nrl.com/fisiiahis-injury-earns-hohaia-a-reprieve/tabid/10874/newsid/62198/default.aspx


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Post by map88 on Mon Apr 11, 2011 1:14 pm

This is rather sad “Fishy” as he was commonly referred to by fans and commentators alike, Was a young and exciting player to watch. Hopefully this is only a short term injury with minimal reoccurrences. Fishy most definitely made a difference in the Warriors line up and his exciting play style I think will be seriously missed while he is out with this injury. I have no doubt that when Fishy returns to full fitness he will be straight back into the squad.

The Fish gave The Warriors a lot of run, youthfulness and skill, he will be greatly missed. I wish him a speedy recovery. I can’t wait to see him back on that field doing his thing. The warriors will miss you mate. Although, one player doesn’t make a team, sometimes one player does enough to spark something within a team; since fishy has been in I have seen a dramatic improvement in the Warriors. I just don’t think his replacement will bring the spark to the club.

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Post by Redszone on Mon Apr 11, 2011 2:53 pm

You're right, Hohaia doesn't have that spark that the young 'fish' had. Although Hohaia is a very safe fullback and the current world champions fullback, of course i talk of New Zealand.

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