Tries: SIMON MANNERING (11M) , SAM TOMKINS (19M) , MANU VATUVEI (24M), SIMON MANNERING (39M) , CHAD TOWNSEND (63M) , KONRAD HURRELL (73M)
MANU VATUVEI (80M)
Goals: SHAUN JOHNSON 5/7
Tries: TYRONE ROBERTS (6M) , JOSEPH LEILUA (30M) , ROBBIE ROCHOW (53M)
Goals: JOSH MANTELLATO 3/3
Warriors captain Simon Mannering celebrated his 200th game in emphatic style, grabbing a double in his sides 38-18 thrashing of the Newcastle Knights on Sunday afternoon.
After being handed captaincy of the Warriors side in 2010, Mannering has led the Warriors through some disappointing as well as successful seasons and the direction he brings to the side was evident in the Warriors return to Mt Smart Stadium.
Tyrone Roberts got the visitors off to the best possible start, leaping high above the rest to score the Knights first of the afternoon. Josh Mantellato adding the extras which saw the Knights take a somewhat unexpected 6-0 lead.
A perfectly placed grubber kick and well-timed pick up by Simon Mannering saw the Warriors faithful erupt as the captain scored the Warriors opening points in his milestone match.
The Warriors found themselves in a quality attacking position just minutes later and they made no mistake in adding another 4 points to scoreboard. Sam Tomkins crossing for the Warriors, giving them a 10-6 lead after 18 minutes.
The Warriors were producing big metres up the middle and off the back of a powerful set, crowd favourite Manu Vatuvei scored to extend their lead to 16-6.
The Knights closed the gap back to just four points in the 29th minute however a Jarrod Mullen kick that went out on the full minutes later proved costly for the Knights as Simon Mannering crossed to grab his second of the afternoon and give the Warriors a 22-12 lead at half time.
The Knights got to within four of the Warriors for the second time in the 53rd minute however the Warriors continued to add to their lead with three unanswered tries in the remainder of the match.
Tries to Chad Townsend, Konrad Hurrell and another 4 pointer for the beast Manu Vatuvei in the 79th minute put the icing on a winning cake for the Warriors. An impressive 38-18 win was a fitting reward for Captain Simon Mannering as he joined Warriors great Stacey Jones in the 200 club.