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NZ Warriors Players item created by fanrrior, Aug 21, 2013
I remember my first beer, obviously, you had the full strength IPA........
Thank you for that reply All I could come up with was f$@# y%&$ s%&$# C@&%$
Just about got up off the couch .
Mannering is a Warrior legend.....He is or was basically the glue holding everything together. It ill be a sad day when he retires. One of the best tacklers I've seen in the modern game. When he hits blokes the feel it.
Simon Mannering is an example of what every NZ Warrior player should aspire to be.
Given his status he gets to leave on his teams.
Once he chooses to retire a role should be found for him within the club.
If there was a team of Simon Mannerings they’d be pushing for the top 4 every season.
Under the tutelage of Bellamy or Bennett I reckon he could have gone to another level.
Hall of Famer for sure
Just to let people know, in tribute to this team longest ever serving player, because this Saturday home game against Titans is being played on St Patrick's Day they're going have pop up Irish Bar inside Mt Smart called " Simon Manner Inn ". As amazingly awesome as this is I just wonder how far they're going to take the Irish theme this weekend. Since everybody is Irish on St Patrick's day I would love to see club give all their players Irish sounding names. Adam Bailey. Shaun O'Johnson.Roger Tuivasa Sheck Mackenzie Ellis. Isaac Lucas. Albert Fitzvete. Sam McLisone. Solomone Kelly. Tohu Donnelly Harris. Blake Bonny Doon Green. Etc. Etc.
Is it time to ask the question
Is Simon playing on reputation not form
2/3 losses since back
No sting on attack
No sting on D
Is Mother time catching up on the great one???
Is he better off the bench????
If his name wasn’t Simon Mannering would your answer be different?
I just think he has to play in the middle- doesn't have the agility to play on an edge anymore. That was a debate the raged in the off season.
Problem is we're light on for edge forwards. Pulu was going great but we were only ever an injury or two away from trouble.
He has to be given the chance to get back to 100% just like anybody else would.
I would prefer he was at lock or off the bench until he gets back to his level.
Edge is not his go anymore
If Kearney persists with putting Mannering on the edge I'll be genuinely concerned
I'd have Blair on an edge with his better lateral movement, foot speed, footwork & ball playing abilities before I'd ever chuck Mannering out there these days
We struggled with two Mannerings last year (with the Hoff) and I think to a certain degree Harris is a younger upgraded version ....
So you have to start questioning his value and impact when the team is fully fit...
Tackle bots are only useful when no one else wants to tackle.... or can’t like Hiku or Lino... he shouldn’t be there to compensate for others though ...
Mannering has played 4 games so we're 2/4 not 1/3, and there isn't a single person to blame for last night. That was purely a collective effort.
Losing both Pulu and Harris leaves us with a second row contingent of Mannering, Papall'i and Tevaga. Hardly a combination that allows Mannering to play to his strengths.
Pulu and Harris with Mannering in the middle is our best possible backrow combo this season. He may not be the player he was (who would be carrying half the team for several seasons straight), but he still offers far more value than what we currently have elsewhere in the squad.
Mannering has never been a threat with the ball and now his defense is failing him. Not a good sign at all. I think he hurts the balance of the warriors and I would be all for dropping him because he doesn't add enough positives to the side.
cool, i can't wait until round 20
Best back row - experience
Let the props do the grunt - manners locks the edge up works well with Green. No ball playing really down that side anyway with Ken and Sol it's all power game , just RTS sweeping and hitting one of them...
Depends on how well young papalii can go on a bum wheel. It's him or Simon on the edge and thats it for the foreseeable. Blair is really valuable for linking on attack and leading the line in the middle.
Yeah drop him. He is upsetting the balance of the team...
Rugby League: Warriors coach Stephen Kearney justifies decision to bench Simon Mannering
7 May, 2018 6:31am
Warriors back to their best in NRL after taming the Wests Tigers. / Sky Sport
Warriors coach Stephen Kearney justified his shock decision to start Simon Mannering off the bench in Saturday's 26-4 NRL win over Wests Tigers as a plan to ease his workload along with that of fellow veteran forward Adam Blair.
Mannering was initially named to start in the second-row against the Tigers, but was relegated to the bench with rookie forward Isaiah Papali'i promoted to the starting side.
The move raised eyebrows due to Mannering's revered status as the club's most decorated player, but Kearney explained he was trying to balance the minutes given to his two senior campaigners.
Blair has been busy throughout the first two months of the season featuring at both prop and lock, and played long stretches in both the round seven win over the Dragons and the Anzac Day loss to Melbourne.
The win over the Tigers was Mannering's fifth game since returning from a neck injury suffered in the final preseason trial against the Gold Coast. The 31-year-old made his first two appearances off the bench as he found his match fitness, but started against the Dragons and Storm, which made Kearney's choice to move him back to the pine even more intriguing.
"I looked at Adam's time that he's been playing and it's trying to manage those two guys efficiently so we're getting the very best out of them," said Kearney.
Mannering's injury opened the door for Papali'i to impress on the left-edge in the round one win over the Rabbitohs, and the 19-year-old recently returned earlier than expected from a knee injury to give Kearney greater flexibility around the make-up of the back-row.
With Papali'i and right side second-rower Tohu Harris able to go the distance each week, Kearney has also been able to utilise Mannering in the No 13 role at different stages, as he also has with injured utility Jazz Tevaga.
"That's the reasoning behind it, getting Simon and playing him as a middle," he said.
"We've got two back-rowers that can play 80 minutes and tonight we didn't have Jazz who's done a wonderful job for us in the middle over the last five or so weeks.
"So that was the reasoning behind it, is just trying to rotate those two older guys, or two more experienced guys, sorry, so that we get the best out of them."
Mannering, one of the toughest players to pull on a Warriors jersey, fractured an eye socket in the win over St George Illawarra and carried the injury into the loss to Melbourne, where he covered for the absence of Harris who missed the match with concussion.
Kearney denied that injury had played into his selection thinking this week, and insisted Mannering was happy with the new arrangement.
The former Warriors and Kiwis captain certainly didn't look hampered as he got through 27 tackles and made 11 runs in a 60 minute contribution in his 285th club appearance.
"One thing I know about Simon, is he's (happy) to do whatever is best for the team," said Kearney.
"He didn't hesitate and when he comes on he takes over from what Adam is doing and keeps it nice and tight and clean in the middle."
Mannering is yet to decide whether he will re-sign with the club for a 14th season next year and it remains to be seen whether Kearney persists in using him in the impact role off the bench in the coming weeks.
Blair said both players understood the logic behind the move but having become accustomed to playing long stints in recent weeks, the Kiwis World Cup leader hinted he was disappointed to have his playing time reduced.
"I've got to do what's best for the team," said Blair.
"I've had a lot of minutes the last eight weeks and now that Simon's back (Kearney) can afford to do those kinds of things.
"Again, not happy, but that's what you've got to do for the team. Whatever's best for the team I'll put my hand up for whatever I have to do."
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“Mannering, one of the toughest players to pull on a Warriors jersey, fractured an eye socket in the win over St George Illawarra and carried the injury into the loss to Melbourne, where he covered for the absence of Harris who missed the match with concussion.”
Just thinking, when Pulu comes back the backrow will be 11-Pulu. 12-Harris. 13-Blair. Would you like to see Mannering play prop. He normally runs in 1 direction, good post contact meters, huge motor?
Not on first hit up
I like having a back row rotation. We're a lot more potent on attack when our edges are a little bit fresher...