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Unchanged Vodafone Warriors Line-up Named For South Sydney Match

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29 July 2008 - Vodafone Warriors coach Ivan Cleary has again been able to name a settled line-up for Saturday night's round 21 NRL encounter with South Sydney at ANZ Stadium.

It's the fourth week running that the Vodafone Warriors have announced the same 17 players as they look to extend their run of four successive victories.

This weekend's match will be their second straight away assignment at ANZ Stadium, after their 40-22 win against the Bulldogs there on July 19.

Sunday's 8-6 win against defending premiers the Melbourne Storm has levelled up the Vodafone Warriors' overall 2008 record at nine wins and nine losses, giving them a share of eight spot on 22 points just behind Penrith (23), St George Illawarra (24) and Brisbane (25).

When they met the Rabbitohs in Auckland on June 6, they led 16-0 early on but lost 28-35.

"It was really disappointing the way we lost that game," said Cleary.

"We've made a lot of progress since that night and we needed to but the Rabbitohs are still a side that can expose you. We saw that in the way they played in the weeks after beating us.

"Nothing changes. We have to prepare as well for this game as any other. Beating the Storm was a boost for us but now we have to back it up this week."

The win against Melbourne was built on a defensive effort that showed just 13 missed tackles in the entire match while the Storm missed 32.

Loose forward Micheal Luck and hooker Ian Henderson made 56 tackles each while second rower Simon Mannering (39), Ruben Wiki (33) and Steve Price (31) all topped 30. Mannering and Wiki had no missed tackles or ineffective tackles.

Luck (26) has moved ahead of Gold Coast's Nathan Friend as the NRL's top tackler. He has 730 in 18 games, an average of 40.6 a match. Last year he headed the season's tackle stats with 959. Luck will play his 69th match on end for the club on Saturday night.

Sonny Fai has scored a try in each of the four games he has played since starting in the centres; he has been the first try scorer in each of the Vodafone Warriors' last three games.

By kicking two penalties against the Storm, fullback Lance Hohaia reached 250 points in his first-grade career.

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