Manu Vatuvei should have been scared. His heroes were bottom of the table, injury ravaged and punch-drunk after an embarrassingly meek surrender to Manly in their last game. The consensus was that a repeat would see the coach's head on a spike and the rest of the Warriors updating their CVs. It all made this away trip to the South Sydney Rabbitohs a particularly bad time to be making your debut.
Some of Sonny Bill Williams' best moments in rugby came when he played alongside Aaron Cruden and the first-five is looking forward to renewing that partnership with a midfielder he describes as a "winner".