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Refreshed Watmough ready to rip and tear

Joe Barton 12/04/2011 04:48:27 PM Comments (0)

Manly's Kieran Foran and Brent Kite expect team-mate Anthony Watmough to fire up ahead of Saturday night's NRL showdown with the Warriors.

Watmough returns to the starting line-up for the Brookvale Oval clash after a club-enforced one week ban, along with bench utility Terence Seu Seu, for being charged with public urination.

Coach Des Hasler confirmed Watmough was once again available for selection but it was his team-mates who were particularly excited about seeing what a fired-up Watmough would offer.

"He's always ready to rip and tear, a week off might have done him some real good," Kite said on Tuesday.

"Choc being Choc, it probably got a bit more press than it deserved but I've got no doubt about his commitment.

"He's one of those guys who really lifts us and his attitude is spot on, his intensity is awesome every week.

"Hopefully he comes back and has a good one for us."

Boom five-eighth Foran said the inclusion of Watmough, and the possible return of fullback Brett Stewart from a hamstring injury, was a huge boost for the club.

"(It is a) massive confidence boost for us," he said.

"Everyone knows how good a player Snake (Stewart) is and so too with Choc. Hopefully it lifts the team.

"(Watmough) seems pretty pumped for this week, I'm not too sure what's going on there, but he's definitely ready to go."

Hasler revealed that despite Stewart's inclusion, he remains a day-to-day proposition - and winger David Williams could miss another three weeks with a knee injury.

Forwards George Rose (calf) and Joe Galuvao (thigh) will face fitness tests later in the week, although Hasler said the early signs were promising.

Kite, who will be playing his 150th game for the Sea Eagles, will lead the team out but he's expecting no favours from the Warriors.

"I'm sure they won't (celebrate his 150th game)," Kite said.

"They're coming off the back of a good win, it's always a good challenge against the Warriors.

"(The milestone) makes you feel a little bit old, but it's good of the club to put on a bit of a day for me."

Foran, a New Zealand international, said the Warriors would cross the Tasman full of confidence after impressive wins over the Roosters and Cronulla.

"I think they like coming to Brookie, it makes it even harder (with them) coming off two wins," he said.

"They had a slow start to the season but with those two good wins under their belt I think they'll come to Brookie with plenty of confidence."

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