Live updates: NRL - NZ Warriors v Manly Sea Eagles at Central Coast

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Warriors 40 Sea Eagles 28


Warriors (Nikorima, Keighran 3, Herbert 2 & Katoa 2 tries; Harris-Tavita 4 conversions) Manly (Parker, Garrick, Miski 2, Paseka & Waddell tries; Garrick 2 conversions)

38th minute: TRY to Parker

Taupau goes on a run and when the ball goes left, Funa draws the defence and sends Parker into the corner. Good reward for a punishing afternoon for the centre.

Garrick couldn't the posts if his life depended on it. That's fulltime on the Warriors season and Adam Blair's career.

37th minute: Cherry-Evans tries to put Paseka over, but he loses the ball and Warriors secure possession on their line.

36th minute: Manly secure their kickoff and go onto attack.

34th minute: TRY to Herbert

Harris-Tavita kicks towards Herbert again - they've peppered Garrick this afternoon - and the Warriors winger gathers to complete a try double.

Blair lines up the conversion - the first of his career - but he hooks it.

33rd minute: Hiku gets an offload away on the last and Manly has deflected it for six more. There's some pushing and shoving that comes to nothing.

32nd minute: Cherry-Evans kicks high, but no-one can gather cleanly and it ends up in touch off Funa.

30th minute: TRY to Paseka

After a period of sustained pressure, Trbojevic finds the prop with a short pass and he's too big, too strong.

28th minute: Manly hot on attack, ball goes left on the last and Herbert has to bat Croker's kick dead for a dropout.

25th minute: TRY to Keighran

As the ball moves left, Nikorima provides a shot pass to Keighran running on an angle and he finds a path open towards the line - a hattrick that may help him secure a contract next season.

Harris-Tavita converts.

24th minute: Harris-Tavita kicks towards Herbert's wing again and forces Garrick to knock the ball dead for a dropout.

The short kickoff is claimed by Keighran, as Taupau climbs up Harris' back in pursuit.

23rd minute: Nikorima goes on a spinning, jinking run. Warriors earn a set restart on halfway.

Blair is on the field for his last NRL stint. Hiku is pulle down short of the line.

22nd minute: Manly get another set restart on halfway, but are called for a forward pass to end the movement.

21st minute: Manly get a set restart deep in their own half.

20th minute: Hiku straightens towards the posts, Taunoa-Brown drives to the line and Katoa is held up.

19th minute: Manly are untidy on halfway and Warriors have great attacking position.

Herbert fends off Harper and Manly are penalised for shoving off the ball.

18th minute: Nikorima kicks high and Miski can't take it. Murchie can, but his eventually taken in the last tackle for a handover.

Harris challenges, claiming Miski knocked on, but the replay shows Perham's hand tapped the ball back.

14th minute: TRY to Keighran

Hiku fields the bouncing dropout and sends Harris upfield. Warriors interpassing with abandon, before Hikyu takes the tackled.

Harris-Tavita kicks to the corner, Herbert contests the kick, the ball comes loose and Keighran gathers to score. Harris-Tavita fades his conversion into the left upright.

Katoa has passed his head exam.

13th minute: Tevaga charges and manages a risky offload. Harris sends Papalii towards the line, Egan kicks behind the goal-line and Funa is tackled for a dropout.

12th minute: Harris teaches halfway and Murchie makes more ground. Harris-Tavita kicks high on the last tackle, but Keppie is penalised for a late, no-arms hit on the kicker.

11th minute: Levi makes halfway and Cherry-Evans drives his kick to the corner. Hiku gathers, Warriors get a set restart, but Nikorima knocks on.

Harris challenges and the bunker rules Waddell has knocked on, as Nikorima is offloading - challenge successful.

Ninth minute: Hiku is safe under another soaring Cherry-Evans bomb. 

Eighth minute: Katoa has departed for an HIA, Murchie takes his place.

Hiku dribbles a kick towards the goal-line, but Miski gathers and makes ground.

Seventh minute: Herbert smashes Parker in a tackle - the second time the Manly player has been hit in the ribs this afternoon.

Sixth minute: Harris crosses halfway, Nikorima kicks high and Funa tackes the catch.

Fifth minute: Hiku kicks high, but Funa is safe underneath.

Katoa stays down after a tackle.

Fourth minute: Cherry-Evans kicks high on the last and Hiku takes the catch diving forward.

First minute: TRY to Miski

Manly put up a short, high kickoff and Pompey spills it forward into Tevaga, who is offside.

From the tap, the ball goes left and Croker throws a looping pass to the winger, who has a double either side of halftime. Garrick can't find the posts with his conversion.

Harris has passed his HIA.

Halftime - Warriors 26-14

40th minute: TRY to Miski

Cherry-Evans kicks acrossfield in his own territory, it bounces kindly for Miski, who beats Hiku and Pompey to score. Garrick hooks his conversion as halftime arrives.

38th minute: Nikorima puts Papalii into a half gap, Harris-Tavita kicks to the posts, but Croker secures the catch.

37th minute: Cherry-Evans throws a hard, high pass left to Miski with the line beckoning, but the winger can't handle the ball, which dribbles into touch.

Harris is undergoing an HIA.

36th minute: Tevaga is back on, Nikorima kicks on the last, but straight into Croker's hands. Nikorima immediately tackles him to stop the breakout.

Cherry-Evans kicks a 40-20 to give Manly great attacking position.

34th minute: Trbojevich breaks over halfway. but Levi throws a forward pass on the last tackle to turn the ball over.

33rd minute: Warriors get set restart and rumble over halfway. The ball moves left and Hiku holds the ball up, before dishing to Keighran.

In the dive for the line, Keighran loses his grasp on the ball - no try.

31st minute: TRY to Katoa

Warriors mounting another attack and Taunoa-Brown charges towards the posts.

As the ball heads right, Harris-Tavita grubbers behind the goal-line and Katoa beats Parker to the touchdown - his second for the game.

Harris-Tavita converts.

25th minute: TRY to Herbert

Warriors move the ball left and quick hands from Hiku and Keighran give Herbert room to score in the corner.

Harris-Tavita's conversion from wide drifts across the posts.

24th minute: Three quick tries have put the Warriors ahead and Lawton makes good ground up the middle. 

Katoa tries a late offload, but Parker had knocked that on. Tevaga jogs to the sideline and Blair comes on.

21st minute: TRY to Keighran

Manly are penalised for stripping Burr in a tackle and when the ball goes left, Hiku puts Keighran through a gap to score.

Harris-Tavita's conversion starts wide left and curls in, but hits the upright.

18th minute: TRY to Katoa

Manly are offside at the kickoff - it's Taupau - and Warriors have a penalty on halfway.

Harris-Tavita and Nikorima combine, with the latter smuggling a late pass to Katoa, charging on an angle. Parker is still feeling that tackle downfield and Katoa can't be stopped.

Harris-Tavita converts, Warriors 12-10.

5:17pm - TRY to Nikorima

Harris-Tavita puts up an ordinary kick on the last, but two Manly defenders make a hash of catching it behind the goal-line and Nikorima is chasing to force down.

Harris-Tavita converts to close the margin, Manly 10-6.

5:15pm - Miski makes a long run down the left, but Warriors force a turnover and Harris-Tavita is illegally stripped in a tackle.

5:14pm - Keighran tries to kick along the ground on the last tackle, but it bounces off Harper and Herbert is forced into touch.

5:12pm - Cherry-Evans puts up another bomb for Hiku, who is safer this time.

Pompey almost cuts Parker in half with a tackle.

5:09pm - TRY to Waddell

From the scrum, Manly charge towards the line and Waddell turns out of a weak tackle attempt from Hiku to score. Garrick hooks his conversion from a handy position.

5:07pm - Cherry-Evans puts up a high kick towards Hiku at fullback, but he drops it cold and Manly are hot on attack again.

Fourth minute: TRY to Garrick

Another set restart for Manly and they surge onto attack. Daly-Cherry Evans throws a long pass right, skipping three Warriors defenders, for his winger to score untouched.

Garrick guides the ball between the uprights from near the right touchline.

Third minute: At the of their first set, Harris-Tavita kicks high to Funa and he's safe. 

Manly earn a set restart.

First minute: Warriors kick off and Taupau takes the first hit-up.

Manly are providing a guard of honour for the Warriors to recognise their contribution to keeping this coronavirus-affected season alive... and last man on the field is Adam Blair, playing his last NRL game.


Kia ora, good evening and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the NZ Warriors v Manly Sea Eagles NRL clash at Central Coast Stadium.

For both teams, this will be the final outing of a tumultuous season, with neither in contention for playoffs.

The Warriors will have one eye on the departure lounge, as they anticipate a return to Auckland, after almost five months away from home. 

Veteran prop Adam Blair will run out for his 331st and final NRL game, as he heads into retirement, while interim coach Todd Payten will guide the team for the final time, before he heads to North Queensland next season.

Today's clash promises to be emotional and Payten has emphasised the need to finish strongly, after a season that has seen the club win hearts throughout the competition for their durability and competitiveness in the face of adversity.

NZ Warriors veteran announces NRL retirement

NZ Warriors forward and Kiwis legend Adam Blair will play his final NRL game on Sunday, after announcing his retirement from the sport at the end of the season. 

Blair will play his 331st NRL game against Manly Sea Eagles, ending a successful career that has seen him win NRL titles and a World Cup. 

The 34-year-old forward had an option in his contract to play next season, but has decided now is the right time to retire. 

Blair holds the record for the most NRL appearances by a New Zealander, ahead of Benji Marshall (323), and former Warriors duo Ruben Wiki (311) and Simon Mannering (301), and is 13th on the all-time list. 

"Adam has made an amazing contribution, not just to the Warriors, but to rugby league across the board," says Warriors chief executive Cameron George.

"He has had a huge influence on our players, especially the younger ones, with the way he has gone about looking after himself.

"He sets extremely high standards off the field, and in the way he prepares himself for every training session and every game.

"It would have been an incredibly difficult decision for Adam knowing he had the option to play on for another year but, in the end, Jess and the kids have come first.

"We can't thank Adam enough for what he has given to the game but he won't be lost to the Warriors. He'll remain involved in a special role tailored to his strengths."

Last week, Stuff reported Blair had been offered an off-field role at the club which would see him work with Māori and Pacific Island communities to help grow the game. 

On top of his achievements in the NRL, Blair has also had success representing New Zealand. Last year he became only the second Kiwi (after Wiki) and the ninth player overall to play 50 tests. 

He is also one of three active players (Marshall and Issac Luke) in the NRL who were part of the Kiwis' World Cup winning side in 2008, when they beat Australia 34-20 in the final. 

Live updates: NRL - NZ Warriors v Manly Sea Eagles at Central Coast

Blair joined the Warriors from the Brisbane Broncos (74 games) in 2018 after earlier stints with the West Tigers (71 games) and the Melbourne Storm (121 games).

With Blair retiring, it will free up money for the Warriors to put finishing touches to their squad for next season. 

The Warriors have already signed props Addin Fonua-Blake, Ben Murdoch-Masila, and Kane Evans for 2021, along with centre Euan Aitken.