Required to name a side less than 24 hours after last nights record-breaking 56-18 demolition of Brisbane, Elliott today announced the same 17 used at Suncorp Stadium while adding prop Suaia Matagi on a five-man bench.
The 10-try victory over the Broncos was the club's first away win since beating Gold Coast in July last year and was also its biggest winning margin in three years, the 38-point difference coincidentally eclipsing the previous 32-point record wins against Brisbane in 2010 (48-16 and 36-4). The clubs overall record win was the 66-0 victory over South Sydney in 2006.
With four of the backs Manu Vatuvei, Konrad Hurrell, Glen Fisiiahi and Thomas Leuluai scoring doubles, the Vodafone Warriors achieved their first back-to-back successes in almost a year following on from the 28-12 win against Newcastle on May 26.
It was only the third time in nine visits that theyd won at Suncorp Stadium but they now an even tougher assignment in Manly.
The Sea Eagles havent lost to the Vodafone Warriors since Stacey Jones made his comeback appearance at Brookvale Oval in 2009. In fact, Manly, fourth on the 2013 table with 17 points, has won 11 of the last 13 meetings between the two
Theyre exceptionally difficult opponents. They challenge every side they play, said Elliott.
We showed last night what were capable of and Im confident we can test any side. What we need to do now, though, is to deliver that level of performance consistently over a long period of time.
Sundays battle against Manly (4.05pm kick-off; game day sponsor: TNT) will again be the feature attraction of another tripleheader. It starts with the seventh-placed Vulcans facing bottom-placed Manly (11.50am kick-off), the Vulcans aiming for a third straight win after their recent successes against Newcastle and Illawarra; the Vodafone Junior Warriors and Manly kick off at 1.45pm, the home side coming off a huge 46-20 win over the Broncos; and the NRL encounter starts at 4.05pm, the Vodafone Warriors also taking aim at three wins on end.
The Vodafone Warriors amassed 102 points in their NYC and NRL matches at Suncorp last night to complete the first sweep across all grades this season. With the Vulcans winning 36-10, the three sides combined to score 25 tries and 138 points while conceding only 48.
Elliott is eyeing a significant milestone as he prepares for his 249th match as an NRL coach, his landmark 250th due a week later against the Sydney Roosters (where he was an assistant coach last season).
His achievement follows memorable marks for Feleti Mateo and Jacob Lillyman who have brought up their 150th career appearances in recent weeks. Mateos was memorable for the wrong reasons when the Vodafone Warriors slumped to their heavy loss to Penrith but Lillymans was a total source of joy last night as he joined his fellow front rowers to set the perfect platform for the playmakers and finishers to wreak havoc against the Broncos.
In their next three home games the Vodafone Warriors host Manly, Brisbane (June 30) and Melbourne (round 20) while they have away dates with the Sydney Roosters (June 15) and South Sydney (July 7).
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HEAD COACH: MATTHEW ELLIOTT