As it happened: NRL - NZ Warriors vs Manly Sea Eagles

The Warriors welcome back halfback Shaun Johnson.
The Warriors welcome back halfback Shaun Johnson. Photo credit: Photosport

FULLTIME: WARRIORS 34 - 14 SEA EAGLES: Warriors back on track with a convincing win here tonight. They dominated throughout and Johnson, Green and Fusitu'a put in great shifts. Thanks for joining us.

80mins: Manly trying for one final push but Cherry-Evans' kick through is well taken in by Hiku. His positioning has been solid all night at the back. Johnson takes it up as the hooter sounds and that's fulltime!

78mins: Maumalo makes one of many powerful runs as the Warriors look to close the game out. Mannering takes it up near halfway. There's space for Kata but he's well tackled by Parker. Beale knocks on out wide.

76mins: Manly continue to push late on a tiring Warriors defence. Taupau and Fonua-Blake finding. A clumsy play of the ball ends in a Warriors scrum.

74mins: Trbojevic runs straight at Johnson and makes good metres. Manly shift right to Taufua before he cuts back in field. They've got numbers out wide but Trbojevic's pass to an unmarked Uate on the right wing is forward.

72mins: SEA EAGLES TRY - KELLY:The Trbojevic brothers combined well to put Manly on the front foot. Kelly has a run, spins out of three tackles and looks to have scored. They're checking a potential obstruction in the lead up but it's nothing so Manly finally get on the board in the second half.

70mins: Paasi makes another strong run and wins the penalty. Warriors all over the Sea Eagles in contact. Mannering tries to find Paasi with a short ball but he knocks on in the tackle.

68mins: There's space for Manly on the right and Hodkinson finds Kelly but he's well looked after. Winterstein has a run but again, Warriors D fronts up. Manly playing hot potato on the last and Kata gathers in the kick and he's away! He's up over halfway and Hodkinson's attempted intercept is knocked on.

65mins: WARRIORS TRY - FUSITU'A: He's in again! Johnson put the grubber kick through for the chasers and Uate makes an absolute meal of it and allows Fusitu'a to simply dive on the loose ball for the try. Warriors on fire!

63mins: WARRIORS TRY - FUSITU'A: Johnson sees space on the right, finds Luke and he skips Beale to find Fusitu'a surging down the right wing and he's over in the corner for the try! Too easy that.

61mins: Winterstein has a run and he goes close! Warriors concede another penalty for a fresh set of six for Manly just 10 out. Cherry-Evans tries a grubber through for himself but it's well covered and Warriors win the penalty.

59mins: Manly looking to respond and Trbojevic almost goes through once again. The pressure mounts and Manly are awarded the penalty. Harris the guilty party.

57mins: WARRIORS TRY - FUSITU'A: Luke has a run from dummy, beats a couple before switching play to the right, finds a surging Johnson with the pass and he's clean through! He doesn't quite have the gas, runs right before finding Fusitu'a on the inside for the try. Sensational stuff.

55mins: Johnson's in a bit of space once again but decides to kick through. Uate returns it and beats two tackles before finally being taken down.

53mins: Mannering is over for the try under sticks after a strong run! But it's been called back after Afoa is later penalised for playing the ball on an angle in the play prior. 

51mins: Maumalo goes direct and makes a strong run up over halfway. Afoa fends one, offloads to Green before he finds Kata and the Warriors win the penalty. Parker made a great tackle on the centre.

49mins: Cherry-Evans' kick is straight down the throat of Maumalo and the winger bumps his off on the return. Johnson's grubber kick is a good one but Uate does well to gather it and take it out of the in goal area.

47mins: Taupau takes some stopping once more and Manly are just outside the 20m. Hodkinson's kick is poor and Fusitu'a cleans up. Manly keep looking for sidelines with the kick instead of keeping it play. 

45mins: WARRIORS TRY - JOHNSON: Oh my! Fusitu'a busts right through two tackles and he's clean through! He has Johnson on his inside, draws in the last defender and gives it to halfback to score under the sticks in his 150th game.

43mins: Green puts the kick up for Taufua to take in and he returns it. Second half's starting much like the first ended. Trbojevic almost goes through but Mannering does well to hang on. 

41mins: Luke gets the second half underway and Manly take it up through JT before Taupau takes some putting down.

HALFTIME: WARRIORS 12 - 8 SEA EAGLES: The Warriors have put an ill-disciplined first 20 minutes behind them to take the lead at the break. Blake Green's had the ball a string in his first game as captain.

40mins: Jake Trbojevic puts the head down and creates a bit of space for Manly on the right. Cherry-Evans throws the dummy but Luke HAMMERS him and forces the error.

38mins: Maumalo runs cross field before offloading to Kata. The play of the ball is bit of a mess but we continue. Johnson kicks high and long for Trbojevic to once again return it before Afoa concedes the penalty.

36mins: Green finds Johnson, he cuts it back to Afoa and the Warriors are near the 30m. Johnson tries the low, driving kick but Trbojevic is up to it.

34mins: Luke has a dart and he's in bit of space before Kata takes it in the takcle. Johnson's kick for Fusitu'a is a great nudge but the tap back only finds a Manly player.

32mins: There's space for Johnson. He beats Kelly's tackle before stepping another and Uate finally brings him down. It's a poor kick on the last though and Manly will counter.

30mins: WARRIORS TRY - HARRIS: Kata's in space the left a splits two defenders before being tackled high. Johnson's kick is tapped back Warriors way but Kelly intercepts but they rip it back! Green finds Harris with another beautifully timed pass and he's now over for the try! Green's touch is on another level.

28mins: Kelly makes a great run from dummy and puts them in good field position. Hodkinson's kick rolls over the sideline near the 10m. Warriors did well not to concede the penalty.

26mins: WARRIORS TRY - PAPALI'I: The Warriors are on the charge, there's space out left but Green's pass to Papali'i is PERFECTLY timed and he's over for the try! All started from Maumalo's great run.

24mins: Two very strong runs by Fonua-Blake and Taupau has Manly near the 30m with the last to come. Cherry-Evans' kick is taken in Maumalo and he steps on and he's in space! He beats a couple more and the Warriors are up over halfway.

22mins: Cherry-Evans has a dart and the Warriors concede yet another penalty. Papali'i again the guilty party. Hodkinson slots the easy two to extend the lead.

20mins: Parker has a charge and wins another penalty for Manly. They're starting to mount now for the Warriors. Manly up near the 20m with Fonua-Blake making another strong run.

18mins: Warriors struggling to get any real go forward ball. Johnson's kick is taken in easily by Trbojevic and Papali'i is penalised moments later.

15mins: Paasi wins another penalty and Luke takes the quick tap! There's number out wide, Luke finds Harris, passes to Beale but his tap on offload is called forward. Fusitu'a was in.

13mins: Hiku takes in a tough pass and almost busts through the defensive line before winning the penalty. Paasi spins out of several tackles before offloading and the Warriors up near the 10m. Johnson grubbers and Uate's forced to settle for a dropout.

11mins: Taupau concedes the penalty with the Warriors just 10 out from the try line. Parker makes a great tackle on Kata to keep him out. Johnson decides to pop it to Beale instead of backing himself and he's tackled into touch.

9mins: Cherry-Evans finds acres of space down the left and rush defence pins Hiku back inside the Warriors 10m. Johnson drops it but it's adjudged to be stripped and it's a penalty.

7mins: Cherry-Evans coughs it up in goal but it's ruled to have gone backward and they start their set. Manly making easy metres up the middle before Hodkinson kicks down field.

5mins: SEA EAGLES TRY - KOROISAU: Kata makes a try-saving tackle on Parker but it's high and the Sea Eagles win another penalty. Koroisau has a dart from dummy and they'll ask the TMO. It's a try! Manly open their account.

3mins: Fonua-Blake takes four Warriors players with him up over halfway and Gavet concedes the penalty for a tap on the 30m.

1mins: Hodkinson gets us underway and it's Gavet with the first hitup and he's met by Taupau. Warriors up over halfway and Johnson's kick is out on the full.

4:59pm: Captain for tonight, Blake Green leads out the visitors*. Moments away now.

4:55pm: Game is about five minutes from kick-off. Really excited to see Johnson back in action, but Tuivasa-Sheck is a massive loss.

4:51pm: Good evening rugby league faithful! We've got the Warriors taking on the Sea Eagles. Not a bad way to kick-off a stellar night of footy.

Kia ora and welcome to live updates of the New Zealand Warriors up against the Manly Sea Eagles.

The Warriors welcome back Shaun Johnson, but will be without captain, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck as he continues to battle an ankle injury.

They'll be looking to better their last performance they put out against the Rabbitohs two weeks ago and consolidate their position on the NRL ladder.

While Manly are looking to get their season back on track and are boosted by the return of State of Origin stars, the Trbojevic brothers.

Commentary will start from around 4:50pm. In the meantime check out the video above for a preview of tonight's showdown.


Warriors: 3 Peta Hiku, 2 David Fusitu'a, 18 Gerard Beale, 4 Solomone Kata, 5 Ken Maumalo, 6 Blake Green, 7 Shaun Johnson, 8 James Gavet, 9 Issac Luke, 10 Agnatius Paasi, 11 Isaiah Papali'i, 12 Tohu Harris, 13 Adam Blair

Interchange: 14 Karl Lawton, 15 Chris Satae, 16 Bunty Afoa, 17 Simon Mannering

Reserves: 20 Mason Lino, 21 Sam Lisone

Sea Eagles: 1 Tom Trbojevic, 2 Jorge Taufua, 19 Bradley Parker, 4 Brian Kelly, 5 Akuila Uate, 6 Trent Hodkinson, 7 Daly Cherry-Evans (c), 8 Addin Fonua-Blake, 9 Apisai Koroisau, 10 Martin Taupau, 11 Joel Thompson, 12 Shaun Lane, 13 Jake Trbojevic

Interchange: 14 Matthew Wright, 14 Toafofoa Sipley, 16 Frank Winterstein, 17 Taniela Paseka

Reserves: 18 Thomas Wright, 22 Lloyd Perrett

Match officials
Referees: Chris Sutton, Gavin Reynolds
Sideline Officials: Clayton Sharpe, Chris McMillan
Video Referees: Jared Maxwell, Ben Galea;

Previous results
Played 31; Sea Eagles 23 wins, Warriors 8 wins

Last meeting
Round 25 2017 - Warriors 21 Sea Eagles 22

Head to head
Warriors - $1.67 Sea Eagles 1.67

Pre-match banter: Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck ruled out of Manly clash

Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has been ruled out of their NRL match against the Manly Sea Eagles.

The fullback failed in his bid to overcome an ankle injury he suffered in his side's loss to the South Sydney Rabbitohs two weeks ago.

He's replaced by Peta Hiku at fullback, while Gerard Beale moves to the centres, with Shaun Johnson set to make his first appearance for the Warriors since their win over the Wests Tigers in round nine.

Stand-off Blake will take over the captaincy duties in the absence of Tuivasa-Sheck.

Meanwhile, after a week staving off wintry Christchurch weather, Manly have been warmed by the arrival of the fit and firing Trbojevic brothers.

Coach Trent Barrett confirmed victorious NSW State of Origin siblings Jake and Tom Trbojevic have been cleared to play in Saturday's clash with the Warriors.

The pair crossed the Tasman on Thursday and are raring to go according to former Blues playmaker Barrett, who liked what he saw in the 22-12 defeat of Queensland in Melbourne.

"I thought they both played really well. Tom, in particular, had a terrific game playing on the wing. A little bit out of position but he handled it really well," Barrett told journalists.

Both brothers were sorely missed during last week's deflating 26-12 home loss to North Queensland.

A ninth defeat for the season left the Sea Eagles languishing in 13th spot and desperate to get something going.

Barrett says his players feel they've adjusted to the icy temperatures they can expect at AMI Stadium during the game.

He is confident the Trbojevics will adapt quickly enough and bring some much- needed spark.

"We struggled a bit without them, particularly in attack, last week," Barrett said.

"We are glad that they are back, you need your best players playing and it's important that we got them over here and gave them a chance to play."


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