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Western Sydney Boy. I’m a die hard Panthers supporter, but can’t get enough of anything Rugby League. Toffees supporter in the EPL, and love the BBL in the Summer.

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I think Milligan’s performance against Czech Republic was enough to give him the nod at CB over Jedinak. His long passing and distribution was a focal point of our game. He also has enough in the locker defensively to hold his own. Very smart player who should be in the 11 I feel.

Park the bus? The Socceroos should try to beat France instead

France have shown little as a cohesive team in recent months, but the danger in their side is individual brilliance. Yes, Griezmann, Pogba, and yada yada yada are all world class players… unfortunately for the Socceroos, all it takes is one moment of brilliance from one of these world class players to completely derail our WC campaign.

I’m definitely holding some hope for a surprise attack on the French also, but realistically, even if the ‘underrated’ players in our side catch them off guard in the opening minutes, the nautral talent and world class Les Bleus’ won’t be found out over 90mins.

Dream scenario would be to hold out for a draw and look to catch Denmark and Peru napping on us. I honestly believe we have drawn France at the best possible time… early on in the tournament before they’re firing on all cylinders. It could come down to goal difference for the crucial second place finish, and I hate to be Denmark, facing France after 2 games to warm up.

Park the bus? The Socceroos should try to beat France instead

I really felt as though Manly’s defence was slow and lethargic. Very hard to stop a rampaging Warriors attack with that kind of defensive attitude. I wouldn’t say Manly’s players were easy to tackle though. Taupau was a handful all game, and Lane was promising, poking holes through the defence on the edge. Manly’s woes mainly caused be decision making in the halves. Last tackle options were extremely poor. As you said, there were a very small number of sigificant attacking kicks. DCE kicked for himself about 3-4 times. Never a good sign.

I think finding the line was a tactic heading into the game to negate the Warriors big outside backs get a head of steam up and causing problems bringing to ball back. Works in theory, but the likes of Fusitua, Kata and Maumalo still found themselves in the thick of things and causing Manly’s defence some big headaches. My main concern is that the halves, DCE mainly, didn’t pick up that the game plan wasn’t working, and change it up. When they finally starting running hard and looking for offloads, it was 34-8 and the game was well and truely gone.

Poor game in a poor season for Manly.!

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No way in the world that was forward.! Great ball, should have been 4 points to the Cowboys.!

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I agree, looked flat at best to me.

Warriors attack looked great in that second half. Their right edge is probably the most potent attack in the comp.
The form of Issac Luke today was probably the best thing to see from a Warriors perspective. He looked great. Dangerous every time he jumped out of dummy half. And how about that ball to Fusitua.. wow!

Manly Sea Eagles vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

So the Warriors flex their attacking muscle and put on a show for the fans who turned out to AMI Stadium in Christchurch.
The less said about Manly’s performance, the better. They played safe footy, and granted, had a reasonable completion rate. However, just having the ball is not enough to win games. They showed next to nothing in attack for the majority of this game, and only started to move the ball around when the game was already over. While their kicking game was executed fairly well, the tactic was way off. Weather looking to find touch from every kick was a plan going into the game, or was something that came out from DCE and Hokko during, it didn’t work…. and neither of them acknowledged this and looked to change it up.

After Manly opened the scoring through Api Koroisau, the hooker was taken from the field limping. He wouldn’t return for the match and was a big loss to Manly from the opening minutes.

Tries to Papali’i and Harris from some fantastic ball playing by Blake Green, saw the Warriors go into half time with a 12-8 lead.

Defensively, Manly held their own in the first 40 minutes, but the way it played out, it felt as though it was only a matter of time before the Warriors cracked them open.

Johnson crossed just 3mins into the second half to make it 18-8. The Warriors then looked to put the foot down and at about the 60min mark, they cracked Manly open in a big way. A 10 minute hat trick to left winger David Fusitua saw the Warriors go out to a commanding 34-14 lead. Issac Luke and Shaun Johnson were instrumental in the enterprising Warriors attacking play. After the 10 minute flurry of points from the New Zealanders, they appeared to take their foot off the gas and look to see out the final 15 minutes.

To Manly’s credit, they probably outplayed the Warriors in the last 10-15mins with some strong running and plenty of offloads. This saw young centre Brian Kelly cross for a quality try from a Cherry-Evans offload. It was a consolation try at best and both teams just went through the motions for the closing minutes.

This was a big loss for Manly, which could effectively end their 2018 season. Barring a miracle and plenty of results going their way, they are huge outsiders to make the top 8 come finals time.

For the Warriors, it would have been a sight for sore eyes watching Johnson running freely and having a huge impact on the game. He was probably Man of the Match, although, Issac Luke was fantastic also. This game sends a message to the rest of the competition that the Warriors are a serious threat in 2018. The victory means they maintain their top 4 spot heading into round 15, and with their attack clicking the way it did today, other sides will be on notice.

Well that’s it for The Roar’s live blog coverage of the Manly Sea Eagles vs New Zealand Warriors, thanks for tuning in.
Be sure to jump over to the coverage of Roosters vs Newcastle, should be a belter of a game!

Cheers for now!

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The game ends with an emphatic win to the Warriors 34-14.
It looked as though things could have been a lot worse for Manly at one stage, but the Warriors appeared to take their foot off the gas in the final 10 minutes.

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FULLTIME

Manly scrum, as this game is all but over. Both sides are awaiting the whistle. Good tackle on Tom Trbo from Harris. Cherry-Evans on the last kicks from the left back toward the centre, cleaned up yet again by Hiku. The Warriors take a few slow dummy half runs and that the game folks.

Manly Sea Eagles vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

A slow set sees Warriors over half way on the 4th. Another big right edge shift, but the ball is put down by Beale.

Manly Sea Eagles vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

76′ Manly working the ball out of their own end and Taupau is again proving a handful, before a few offloads and strong running see manly up to the attacking 20m. Poor play the ball from Paseka called back. Scrum to the Warriors.

Manly Sea Eagles vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

The Warriors get over half way and on the last Green rolls to ball into touch on Manly’s 10m line. Good gamesmanship shown there by Green.

Manly Sea Eagles vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

Manly now running strong get a restart of their set on halfway after an offload was touched.
Left side attack makes some good enroad, Taupau crabs across field palming off 2 would be tacklers, but is taken down by Harris.
Tom Trbo throws a looping ball to Taufua that’s called forward. Contentious call there.

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TRY – Manly – Kelly

The bunker are reviewing something that may have happened in the back play. But can’t see anything to disallow Kelly. Good strong try there to the Manly centre.

Hodkinson adds the extra 2.

Manly 14
Warriors 34

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Warriors get a penalty but turn the ball over early in the set to Manly who look to get on the attack.
4th tackle deep in the Warriors half, after strong carries, namely from Taupau,Cherry-Evans looks wrapped up but pop an offload to Kelly who plants the ball down. Video ref called in.

Manly Sea Eagles vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

66′ Manly with a rare attacking set, Kelly pops an offload to TomTrbo who drifts across field and is tackled on the right.
Big shift to the left and Kelly puts grubber in comes off legs and called not played at. A second kick finds Parker back to Cherry-Evans who tries a kick for himself. Taken by Kata and he’s away. Rounded up on half way. Maumalo tries to fire a pass out right and Hodkinson sticks a hand out, scrum to the Warriors. What a mintue of play that was.

Manly Sea Eagles vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

Manly getting great kick off practice. The Warriors may be looking for 50 points here, but no, it’s a knock on. Manly will get the ball in good field position to perhaps save face a little.

Manly Sea Eagles vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

Fusitua over for his hat trick, unbelievable try scoring ability and further extends his lead at as the top try scorer in thr NRL.

Johnson converts from out wide.

Manly 8
Warriors 34

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TRY – Warriors – Fusitua

Short restart from Manly lands in the hands of a Warriors player. So again, they are well on the attack inside Manly’s half.
Luke again causing issues running from dummy half, links up with Johnson, kick goes through, fumbled by Uate and Fusitua swoops to score a try. Sent up stairs, of course it’ a try.

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63′ Conversion unsuccessful from Johnson

Manly 8
Warriors 28

Shut the gate. Game over.

Manly Sea Eagles vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

TRY – Warriors – Fusitua

After finding touch, the Warriors carry the into the attacking half on the 2nd tackle. A great shift to the right edge, Luke throws a cut out and finds Fusitua who strides out and dives for the corner, planting the ball down.

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61′ Manly restart the set on the attack and Cherry-Evans kicks for himself on the 3rd tackle, taken by Hiku who stays in the field of play.

Penalty to the Warriors now gets them out of trouble.

Manly Sea Eagles vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

Manly now looking very tired, work the ball toward the left and Tom Trbojevic makes a half break and draws a penalty in the play the ball.
They find touch and go on the attack. 2nd tackle sees Winterstien beat one and go close, but another penalty against Papali’i is blown.

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Warriors again receive the ball from kick off as they look to really rack up some points.
Gavet over the 40. Hiku taken on the last. Johnson kicks, taken by Uate.

Manly Sea Eagles vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

56′ TRY – Warriors – Fusitua

Issac Luke darts out of dummy half and links up with Johnson who bursts through the line and into the back field. Johnson angles toward the right corner flag and Fusitua comes back underneath to plant the ball under the sticks.

Johnson coverts from in front.

Manly 8
Warriors 24

Manly Sea Eagles vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

Warriors set goes up over halfway and Johnson kicks to the corner. Collected by Uate and big contact in the tackle.
Fonua-Blake up to the 40. Lane pokes his nose through but is well tackled by Kata.
Bomb goes up but is taken well by Hiku.

Manly Sea Eagles vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog