Player Simon Mannering

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Is it just me or what, I'm only up to chapter 7 of Simon's book (yeah yeah I'm a slow reader okay, I think this is only the 2nd book I have read in over 15 years, the other being Simone Faumuina's book, lol)
But every time Simon talks about apart of a game I can actually see the game like on tv.
 
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I'm only up to chapter 7 of Simon's book (yeah yeah I'm a slow reader okay, I think this is only the 2nd book I have read in over 15 years, the other being Simone Faumuina's book, lol)
No worries bro, I am still on books I started years ago, I will get there, someday.:)
 
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I shed a tear when I saw this pic of him. Good to see him still involved in footy at his new home...

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bruce

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Blake Green: We underestimated the impact of Simon Mannering's retirement at the Warriors
It's a strange feeling as the season comes to an end.
We had high expectations, and for various reasons it hasn't panned out that way.
Everyone is still really disappointed, and it will take a while to get over.
Some people have been asking what has been missing this year, but it's not easy to get pinpoint one thing.
We simply haven't been good enough, and couldn't get the result in a lot of close games whereas in 2018 we did.
It's been such an up and down year. Some weeks we were eight out of 10, another week we rated a two.
We probably underestimated the impact of the retirement of Simon Mannering.
He was such a vital player, the king of the 'one percenters' and did so much to tighten up our middle. Simon was also part of the furniture and brought so much in terms of work ethic, leadership and mana.
The departure of Shaun Johnson also had an impact. He'd been at the club for eight seasons and was part of a lot of highlights reels over that time.
Having said that, Chanel Harris-Tavita and Kodi Nikorima have done a great job and I'm looking forward to working with them and building our combinations over the offseason.
One of my favourite memories of 2019 was the round one game against the Bulldogs.
The awful events in Christchurch happened two days before and cast a dark shadow over everything.



It affected many of the players in our team, as well as our fans, but it was a special day at Mt Smart and felt like the whole country was united, in grief as well as support, as we ran out.
The narrow win over the Sharks in Wellington was also special, in the middle of our most consistent stretch of our season.
Our worst game was the Raiders clash at Mt Smart.
It came off the back of a tough stretch on the road, and the result completely knocked the wind out of our sails. That game is still fresh in our minds, and a reminder of what we need to do better this Saturday.
It's been another tough week at training. There has been lots of contact and physical work and a massive emphasis on defence, which hasn't been up to scratch for most of the last month.
The Raiders' success with their English imports hasn't surprised me. From my time in Super League I know that British players are always tough and resilient and I imagine a lot of NRL clubs will now be casting glances north to find their own gems.
It will be sad to see Issac Luke leave the club, as he has been great for us and New Zealand league.
When he is on song, running from dummy half and defending aggressively, he is great to watch. His performance last year against the Eels, when Shaun and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck were both out injured, was typical. He really rose to the occasion, scored a vital try and led with his actions.
We will also farewell Blake Ayshford after four seasons, where he has always been the ultimate professional, epitomised by his display in Wellington earlier this year after David Fusitua was injured in the captain's run.
Finally, I'd like to thank all of our loyal fans, who have supported us week in, week out, in what has been a difficult year for them.
 
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john nick

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I agree with you that those things are important and show a determination to make a difference.

Just to be clear I’m talking about when the chips are down and we’re being dominated, it’s starts up front, who gets around the pack and leads them out of that because it will happen at certain times across the season.

I thought Lodge might be that guy, though I admit it didn’t work for him with injuries under Seibold this season.

Addin Fonua-Blake has many qualities about his game but I’m don’t believe leadership is one of those unfortunately. The roster seems set so I will have to wait and see, I guess for me it’s Tohu Harris who is potentially the most capable of making the step up to a great player with that kind of Mana and the central figure within a talented pack forwards.

Spare a thought for Mannering too. He was a good leader but just never had the kind of cattle around him we have now in the later part of his career.
IMO Mannering was a great defensive player but not good on attack.(Bit like Campion).You dont want them handling the ball when on attack near the opposition try-line.However both could lead by example & Addin Fonua-Blake is the man to lead& show the way on attack & defence.Still young as a prop but thats good
 
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Off The Bench

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IMO Mannering was a great defensive player but not good on attack.(Bit like Campion).You dont want them handling the ball when on attack near the opposition try-line.However both could lead by example & Addin Fonua-Blake is the man to lead& show the way on attack & defence.Still young as a prop but thats good
He scored a lot of tries
An generally ran over 100 meters a game
Plus he had a good long pass .
Had a few try assists .
But yeah absolute mud at attacking ..
 
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He scored a lot of tries
An generally ran over 100 meters a game
Plus he had a good long pass .
Had a few try assists .
But yeah absolute mud at attacking ..
I am saying that every time he got the ball he would get tackled and die with the ball. Not taking away from his commitment and effort over many years
 
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warriorsfan92

Can we deviate back to why this thread was created - recruitment. All this chat about pack leaders
He scored a lot of tries
An generally ran over 100 meters a game
Plus he had a good long pass .
Had a few try assists .
But yeah absolute mud at attacking ..
He was an amazing hole runner too. He was outstanding at attack..
 
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Fazz

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Before we get back to recruitment: Mannering was one of the worst passers in our team for years. Almost every time we made a break and he wound up with the ball, his pass ended up completely fucking the entire attacking raid by being forward, to the ground or to the opposition. In his younger days he'd have had a few solid assists but those dried up over the years. He was a solid attacker but you guys are out of your mind if you think he was 'outstanding'.
 
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