Manly have managed a tough away win, defeating the NZ Warriors in Auckland 14-6 on the back of a 50/50 that finally tipped things their way.
With a little over 10 minutes to go, the video referee was at pains to decide if Manly’s Steve Matai had got downward pressure on a possible try – eventually awarding benefit of the doubt after footage was inconclusive.
Naturally the NZ side missed the experienced and penetration of Manu Vatuvei and Simon Mannering, both unavailable today.
On show for the Warriors was Wade McKinnon, but the former Eel got himself in trouble with officials – something he has had problems with in the past – for swearing at them, costing his side a penalty.
It was a low scoring game, with Manly clinging to an 8-6 lead prior to Matai’s late touchdown.
The win sees Manly now on 4 competition points after a slow start to the year and the Warriors too remaining on 4 competition points and in touch with the competition leaders.
The Warriors face a tough task next week, traveling over the ditch to face the Bulldogs in Sydney. And for Manly, they host the Sharks at home in a game they will be quietly confident about.