Live updates: NRL 2021 - NZ Warriors v Manly Sea Eagles from Central Coast Stadium

Warriors 12    Sea Eagles 13

Warriors (Maumalo, O'Sullivan tries, Nikorima 2 conversions)

Manly (Saab, Schuster tries, Garrick 2 conversions, Cherry-Evans field goal)

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Full time

80 mins - Manly field goal to Cherry-Evans

Manly look very tentative with the ball in hand. After four tackles, Schuster, has a shot at goal but it's charged down by Murdoch-Masila but Garrick picks it up 45 metres out with just 30 seconds remaining. 

Manly get to the Warriors 30 metre line with just 10 seconds remaining where Cherry-Evans is in the pocket and knocks over the field goal to win the game with the final play of the game. (MAN 13-12)

79 mins 

Huge moment with Jack Murchie knocking the ball in contact 40 metres out from his own line with just over a minute to play. 

Manly have a scrum 45 metres out. 

78 mins 

The Warriors have an opportunity after a poor set from Manly. The Kiwi side will start their attack 35 metres out from their own line.

On the final play, Nikroima is in the pocket but Mnaly's defence forces him to run. He puts in a nice grubber but Funa cleans up well inches from his own line. 

76 mins 

A very dangerous set from Manly with Tevita Funa breaking down the left-wing but he's brought down by Tuivasa-Sheck. On the final play, Trbojevic ends up with the ball and he puts in an average cross-field kick that ends up with Saab being tackled 10 metres out from the Warriors line. 

The Kiwi side make their way down the field and on the final play, O'Sullivan has a field goal attempt and he misses wide, seven tackle set for Manly. 

73 mins 

Manly are looking good with the ball in hand and get down to the Warriors 30 metre line. On the final tackle, Cherry-Evans looks for Saab with a high kick but he knocks the ball on in the contest with Maumalo.

71 mins 

Manly are their own worst enemy right now with another error this time on tackle three just 30 metres out from their own line. The Sea Eagles are using their captains challenge, they are looking to go three for three for the night. 

The bunker has ruled the Manly player has knocked the ball on in the tackle. This is a big opportunity for the Warriors. 

A big sigh of relief for Manly with Jack Murchie knocking the ball on in contact after a short pass from Nikorima. 

69 mins 

Manly have made the crucial error with Tevita Funa trying to play the ball quickly. As he does, he's knocked on playing the ball. Warriors will have a scrum on halfway. 

65 mins 

We've gone into the final 20 minutes with the sides all level on the scoreboard. The teams are going set for set not wanting to make a crucial error that could swing the game in the opponent's favour. 

On tackle two, Josh Aloiai is judged to have knocked the ball on but Manly has used their captain's challenge and again it's been overturned and the Sea Eagles keep the ball.  

62 mins - TRY Manly to Josh Schuster

After a pretty average set from Manly, Cherry-Evans puts in a grubber that looks simple to clean up. Nikorima makes a meal of it and Schuster pounces on the mistake and crashes over.

Garrick converts the try to level the scores. (12-12)

60 mins 

Manly storm down the field with Schuster going inches short. On the final play, a poor Cherry-Evans kick finds Saab 10 metres out. He is forced to grubber but it hits Maumalo and falls to a Sea Eagle and the attack comes to nothing. 

The Sea Eagles use their captains challenge and the bunker has ruled Maumalo has played at the ball so Manly will get six more tackles. 

58 mins 

After a great set where the Warriors forwards that powers the side down the field, with strong runs from Tevaga and Lesson Ah Mu sees a poor kick from Nikorima go dead in goal to give Manly a seven tackle set. 

The Sea Eagles cruise down the field with Foran putting in a nice grubber on the final tackle to trap Tuivasa-Sheck in the in-goal area to give Manly a repeat seat. 

56 mins 

A big blow for Manly with fullback Dylan Walker limping off with a hamstring injury that will force a reshuffle. 

54 mins 

Manly hang on with brilliant defence. RTS is the only player looking dangerous when the Warriors start their attack inside Sea Eagles 10m line. 

On the final play, Eagan grubbers straight to a Sea Eagles play to end a poor set. 

51 mins 

The Warriors are looking very good right now with the ball in hand with Tuivasa-Sheck threatening with a strong run. On the final play, O'Sullivan forces a repeat set with a nice grubber kick. 

On tackle three, O'Sullivan puts a horrible grubber but Cherry-Evans drops a simple catch to invite more pressure on his side. Warriors need to make this pressure count. 

50 mins 

The momentum has swung in the Warriors favour who are playing the best they have all night. Nikorima puts a high kick up that Saab can't handle that he drops into his own in-goal area and the Warriors force him dead to force the line drop out. 

47 mins - TRY Warriors to Sean O'Sullivan

What a play from Sean O'Sullivan. After a strong run from Tohu Harris who is brought down 30 metres out, he gets a quick play the ball. O'Sullivan gets quick ball and steps off his left foot inside weak Mnaly defence, he beats Walker at the back to crash over. 

Nikorima converts the try. (WAR 12-6)

45 mins 

The Warriors are starting to up the intensity in defence with Marcelo Montoya putting a huge shot on Walker. 

43 mins 

Eagan makes a snipe out of dummy half but is brought down inches short. In the tackle, he catches a stray elbow and blood starts pouring out from his head, so play will be stopped. 

After the stoppage, the Warriors lose their way with a poor final tackle play seeing the ball end up with Ale who is brought down easily. 


The Warriors get us back underway for the second half. Can they get back to winning ways. 

On tackle two, Manly make a simple error from Schuster to hand the ball over 30m out. 

Halftime - A very entertaining half of rugby league. The struggling Manly side is up for the contest and will feel hard done by not to be in front at the break. They blew three tries in the opening 25 minutes before grabbing the games opening try. Jason Saab outsprinted Maumalo from a Cherry-Evans kick to put the Sea Eagles in front.

The Warriors responded just two minutes later when Tuivasa-Sheck produced a perfect short pass to Murchie who burst through a big hole. He passed to Maumalo but it was knocked down by Saab but on the bounce, the big wing picks it up and strolls over. 

We should be in for a great second half. In big news just released, Addin Fonua-Blake is ruled out for four months.  

40 mins 

The attacking set comes to nothing with Nikorima threading the ball into the in-goal area which forces Walker to take it dead but that will end the first half. 

38 mins 

With two minutes remaining in the first half, Kieran Foran is smashed by Murdoch-Masila who forces the error. One last chance for the Warriors who have a scrum 40m out.  

35 mins 

Manly respond well after the Warriors try. The visitors storm downfield before Cherry-Evans wins a repeat set with a great kick. On tackle three of the next set, Fusitu'a has smashed Manly fullback Dylan Walker who spills the ball in contact. 

32 mins - TRY Warriors to Maumalo

On their first set after Manlys try, sees a great short pass from RTS puts Murchie in a huge hole. Murchie looks for Maumalo but Sabb knocks it down. Luckily for the Warriors, it bounces kindly for the man playing in his 100th game and he strolls over. 

Nikorima converts the try from out wide. (6-6)

30 mins - TRY MANLY to Sabb 

Nathan Brown brings on Kane Evans for his first minutes as a Warrior after signing from Eels over the off-season. On his first touch, he knocks the ball on giving Manly a scrum on their own 40m line. 

From the scrum, Cherry-Evans kicks downfield, where Jason Saab outsprints Maumalo - who is caught up in the line - with ease. Sabb grounds the ball to grab the games opening try. Reuben Garrick converts the try. 

Tevaga has gone off for a HIA. (MAN 6-0)

28 mins

Manly blow a third opportunity to open the scoring. On tackle four, a short pass from hooker Croker finds Keppie who looks to barge over but Tevaga produces a try-saving tackle and Keppie knocks the ball on in trying to score the try. 

27 mins

The Sea Eagles storm down field with ease and get just 10m out. On the final tackle, Cherry-Evans puts a cross-field kick in and Maumalo swots it into touch. 

Manly will have a scrum centre field 10m out. 

25 mins

Nathan Brown makes his first sub of the evening with Murdoch-Masila coming into the contest and he makes a strong run straight away. The Warriors get down to the Sea Eagles 10m line but Fusitu'a is tackled easily on the final play. 

23 mins

Paseka is looking dangerous again for Manly. On tackle two, he storms at the defence before offloading to Trbojevic who loses the ball in the RTS tackle who stops a certain try. 

22 mins

The Sea Eagles are starting to swing the momentum in their favour with a brilliant kick from Cherry-Evans forces RTS to start the set from his own 10m line. 

On tackle two, Fusitu'a, knocks the ball on trying to play the ball. Manly will start their set on the Warriors 20m line. 

19 mins

The attacking set comes to nothing for the Warriors who didn't offer much. The last tackle play was poor with Egan sniping out of dummy half but it comes to nothing. 

18 mins

Manly are their own worst enemy right now giving away possession on tackle two to invite the Warriors back onto the attack. 

17 mins

The Warriors get their first real attacking opportunity when the Sea Eagles give away a set restart on tackle four.  

A poor pass from Tevaga inside Manly's 10m zone has seen Tuivasa-Sheck knock the ball on. Big let off by the Warriors. 

14 mins

The sides are going set for set and really in getting into the grind. The Warriors are trying to set the tone in defence with Tevaga putting in a big hit. 

11 mins

Sea Eagles forward Taniela Paseka makes a mini-break on a set where the Warriors give away a set restart. Paseka offloads to Foran who goes inches short of the try line.

The next play sees Trbojevic stretch for the line but knocks it on in the process and it'll be a 20m restart for the Warriors. 

8 mins

A lucky break for the New Zealand side with Kiwi Foran going for a 40-20 but it takes a Warriors bounce and stays in the field inside the home sides 10m line. 

6 mins

The first error of the day comes from the Warriors with Montoya having the ball stripped on the opening tackle just inside Manly's half.

The Sea Eagles can't convert their first attacking chance as they knock the ball on on the third tackle. 

4 mins

The Warriors are dominating the territory battle early with the Kiwi club making a strong start with two strong sets and pinning the Sea Eagles in their own half. 

2 mins

The Warriors complete their first set with no trouble as they get down to Manly's 40m line before O'Sullivan puts a high kick in but Walker takes it comfortably. 


The Sea Eagles kick to the Warriors, and we're underway at Central Coast Stadium.

7:40pm - In late news Paul Turner comes onto the interchange bench in place of Josh Curran who becomes 18th man. 

7:30pm - The Warriors have a good track record against the Sea Eagles winning four of their past five games. 


Kia ora and welcome to Newshub's coverage of this NRL round-five clash between NZ Warriors and Manly Sea Eagles at Central Coast Stadium.

The Warriors are looking to bounce back after a disappointing loss to Sydney Rosters last time out and come up against a struggling Sea Eagles side. 

The home side need to beat Manly to enhance their top-eight credentials, but will have to do so with their forward pack down on troops. 

The Auckland club is without Addin Fonua-Blake, Bunty Afoa, Bayley Sironen and Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, who are ruled out through injury or suspension.

That opens the door for marquee signing Kane Evans to make his club debut, while Tohu Harris moves out of the back row to start at prop, alongside Leeson Ah Mau, with Jack Murchie replacing Sironen in the second row.

Tom Ale and Josh Curran will make their first appearances of the season off a new-look bench. 

Barnstorming wing Ken Maumalo will celebrate a milestone moment, running out for his 100th Warriors appearance, joining Manu Vatuvei (226) and Francis Meli (110) as the only wings to achieve the mark.

The Sea Eagles have yet to win a game this season and are coming off a 46-6 demolition at the hands of Penrith Panthers.

Warriors: 1-Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (capt), 2-David Fusitu'a, 3-Adam Pompey, 4-Marcelo Montoya, 5-Ken Maumalo, 6-Kodi Nikorima, 7-Sean O'Sullivan, 8- Leeson Ah Mau, 9-Wayde Egan, 10-Tohu Harris, 11-Eliesa Katoa, 12-Jack Murchie, 13-Jazz Tevaga

Interchange: 14-Ben Murdoch-Masila, 15-Tom Ale, 16-Kane Evans, 17-Josh Curran

Sea Eagles: 1-Dylan Walker, 2-Jason Saab, 3-Brad Parker, 4-Morgan Harper, 5-Reuben Garrick, 6-Kieran Foran, 7-Daly Cherry-Evans (capt), 8-Taniela Paseka, 9-Lachlan Croker, 10-Martin Tapau, 11-Jack Gosiewski, 12-Josh Schuster, 13-Jake Trbojevic

Interchange: 15-Toafofoa Sipley, 16-Sean Keppie, 17-Josh Aloiai, 18-Tevita Funa

TAB odds:

Warriors: $1.37 Sea Eagles $2.95

Pre-match banter:

Warriors' injury woes worsen with lengthy Fonua-Blake absence

NZ Warriors' injury woes have taken another nasty turn, with news that star prop Addin Fonua-Blake will miss an extended period of time with a knee injury.

On Sunday, the Tonga international hobbled from the field after just 13 minutes of the Warriors' 32-12 loss to the Sydney Roosters.

Fonua-Blake wasn't named in the squad to play Manly Sea Eagles on Friday and now further tests have put his recovery at a minimum of 6-8 weeks.

"He's got a couple of problems," says Brown. "He certainly won't be playing for an extended period."

Fonua-Blake's situation compounds the Warriors' substantial injury concerns, with first-choice players Euan Aitken, Chanel Harris-Tavita, and Peta Hiku already facing lengthy layoffs.

Fonua-Blake nurses his injury on Sunday
Fonua-Blake nurses his injury on Sunday Photo credit: Getty

Suspension has forced Bunty Afoa out of this week's clash with the Sea Eagles, while Jamyane Taunoa-Brown serves the final week of his three-game ban for a crusher tackle.

Tohu Harris will shift into the front-row on Friday to help plug that gap, with Bayley Sironen moving into the second-row.

"Whether that's an eight-week period or longer, we're not sure yet. You're certainly not going to see him anytime soon."

Brown is awaiting specialist reports to determine the exact nature of Fonua-Blake's issues.

"It's at least a 6-8 week injury from what we know, but there's a couple of bits of different damage in there," he adds.

"Until we get reports from a couple of different specialists I'd only be guessing, but it's certainly not a short-term injury."

Fonua-Blake's situation compounds the Warriors' substantial injury concerns, with first-choice players Euan Aitken, Chanel Harris-Tavita, and Peta Hiku already facing lengthy layoffs.

Bunty Afoa will also be out of action against the Sea Eagles due to suspension, with Jamayne Taunoa-Brown serving the final week of his three-game ban for a crusher tackle.

Tohu Harris will shift to prop this weekend, with Bayley Sironen coming into the second row.