Watch: Warriors enforcer Tohu Harris pays tribute to retiring legend Simon Mannering – 'We didn't want his career to end'

Warriors back rower Tohu Harris led the tributes to retiring great Simon Mannering, following his side's exit from the NRL in Sydney last night.

The 27-12 loss to the Penrith Panthers sees Mannering call time on his incredible playing career with the Warriors, having notched over 300 appearances for the club over the past 14 seasons.

Speaking at the post match media conference, Harris said that the team were disappointed not to be sending Mannering out as a premiership winner.

"We didn't want his career to end," he began.

"We just wanted to keep playing games with him. He's someone you want out on the field next to you.

"It's disappointing that it is the last time he ran out.

"He spoke to the group, (about) just how grateful he was for us to put in for him this year - especially these last few weeks in the season.

"He's left a huge mark on the club and hopefully we can continue from where he left it off."

Mannering's stellar NRL career came to an end in Sydney last night. Source: 1 NEWS


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Kiwis holding their breath over Roger Tuivasa-Sheck injury

New Zealand Rugby League officials will be sweating on scans for star Roger Tuivasa-Sheck after he suffered a suspected medial ligament as the Warriors crashed out of the NRL finals.

Tuivasa-Sheck had to be assisted from the field midway through the first half of their elimination final defeat to Penrith following his knee collided with Panthers rake Sione Katoa.

The Warriors never recovered from Tuivasa-Sheck's exit, with the focus now turning on his availability for the Kiwis' Test against Australia in Auckland on October 13.

New Zealand then play four Tests in a tour of Europe.

"I guess it was a bit of a sense when Roger did come off there was a bit of a lull in our energy. That didn't help," Warriors coach Stephen Kearney said after the loss.

"But I thought we were still in the contest. We just didn't find any momentum in the second half. At this stage, it looks like a medial.

But we need to get some scans first thing on Monday."

It was a disappointing end to the NRL campaign for Tuivasa-Sheck, who is considered one of the front-runners for the prestigious Dally M medal as player of the year.

The 25-year-old missed the Kiwis' controversial mid-season Test against England, with Panthers fullback Dallin Watene-Zelezniak wearing the No.1 jumper.

The loss to Penrith also marked the end of veteran Simon Mannering's career in a season that looked promising for the Warriors having won their opening five games.

"It's important to recognise that (strong start). It's a pretty disappointed dressing room because we didn't put our best performance out there," Kearney said.

"But we have made some progress this year, there's no doubt about that.

"The competition has showed guys that were playing (preliminary) finals last year, grand finals last year. In a blinking of an eye it can head the other way."

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck leaves the field injured against the Panthers
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck leaves the field injured against the Panthers Source: Photosport


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Watch: Simon Mannering's final post-match interview – 'It wasn't meant to be'

Retiring Warriors legend Simon Mannering has said his final NRL goodbyes in Sydney last night, after his side fell 27-12 to the Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium.

After more then 300 appearances for the Warriors, Mannering is calling time on his career after 14 seasons with the club.

Speaking to 1 NEWS following last night's loss, Mannering reflected on his time in the NRL and with the Warriors.

"I wasn't really ready to finish," Mannering said.

"I really wanted to go out still enjoying the game, and I have. I was really excited about today.

"It would have been nice to carry it on for a few more weeks, but it wasn't meant to be.

"I'm a very lucky man to have been able to play this game for so long - it's a tough game - I never could have foreseen this happening in my life."

Mannering also cast an eye to the future, saying that the Warriors faithful have reason to be excited in the years to come.

"They're not going to miss me, (I'm) just an old fella getting in their way," he joked.

"Some of the guys have had the best seasons of their career. David Fusitu'a - top try scorer in the competition. Isaiah (Papali'i), I thougt Jazz (Tevaga) was really outstanding.

"Moving forward, they're going to be there for years to come, and they can build the team around those sort of guys.

"It's exciting for the club."

The Warriors legend is hanging up the boots after this season. Source: 1 NEWS


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Roosters march to NRL semis with convincing win, send Sharks to do-or-die clash with Panthers

The Sydney Roosters are one game from the NRL grand final after defeating a gallant and luckless Cronulla 21-12 at Allianz Stadium.

The minor premiers delivered a complete performance on Saturday night with magic man Cooper Cronk icing the game when he booted a field goal seven minutes from fulltime.

The Sharks were struck an early blow when they lost backrower Wade Graham to what appeared to be a serious knee injury.

Shane Flanagan's side will now return to Allianz Stadium on Friday night to meet Penrith in an all-or-nothing semi-final.

Despite the loss of Graham, the Sharks never gave up but were guilty of blowing two rolled gold chances with Ricky Leutele and Josh Dugan coming up with key errors in try-scoring situations.

Luke Lewis also looked certain to score when he grasped a Chad Townsend kick only to drop the ball over the line after a desperate try-saving tackle from Latrell Mitchell.

From there, the Roosters raced up the other end of the field and Cronk booted the one-pointer to leave him on the verge of qualifying for his third grand final in three years.

After the Roosters carried a four-point lead into the second-half, the Sharks edged in front when Edrick Lee swooped on a deft Townsend grubber and Valentine Holmes booted the extras from the sideline.

The Roosters re-gained the lead when Daniel Tupou flew high to bat-back a Cronk bomb into Mitchell's hands and from there the Roosters ran home with it.

Sharks halfback Townsend was on the end of a dubious knock-on call 10 metres out from his own tryline and the next set James Tedesco sent Tupou over to make it 18-12.

The black, white and blue had reason to protest after Tedesco's last pass also appeared forward.

Earlier, Graham produced a skilful late offload to send Feki over in the corner for first points in just the fifth minute.

However he was taken off the ground just eight minutes later when he appeared to twist his right knee trying to clean up a Cronk grubber.

The Sharks back-rower coughed up the ball, allowing Cronk to regather and score, before being taken off.

Roosters centre Mitchell has a nervous wait after slamming Josh Dugan to the ground in a grapple tackle early in the second half and he will on Sunday come under the scrutiny of the match review committee.

While he wasn't put on report, the NSW Origin star has 75 carryover points and will miss game time with any charge.


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'Basic errors': Stephen Kearney laments the Warriors first half execution & energy

Like their season as a whole, the New Zealand Warriors were brilliant in patches, threatened better things but were ultimately the masters of their own demise as they exited the NRL for 2018.

Lauded for producing their best season since 2011's grand final effort, the Warriors would be justifiably disappointed with last night's rudderless elimination final display against the Panthers at ANZ Stadium.

"There was a 15-minute period there during that first half where we gave momentum back to them," lamented Warriors coach Stephen Kearney of a three-try Panthers blitz.

"We didn't execute well enough and (committed) basic errors ... that's the lesson for this group."

Early tries to hooker Issac Luke and winger David Fusitu'a - his 23rd in 23 games - had many in the stadium and across the Tasman daring to dream as the visitors skipped to a 12-2 lead.

But the cruellest of injury blows to inspirational captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and an inability to contend with the game-managing genius of Panthers skipper James Maloney conspired to thwart the Warriors.

Their panicked, muddled decision-making with the game still in the balance was a key contributor to their downfall as Penrith turned the screws.

With Tuivasa-Sheck - who succumbed to a suspected medial ligament injury in a heavy two-man tackle - a non-factor after 27 minutes, the Warriors were always facing an uphill battle from that point on, with Kearney acknowledging a shift in the mood of his charges.

"There was a bit of a sense when Roger did come off, there was a bit of a lull in our energy," he said.

Warriors backrower Tohu Harris paid tribute to retiring club great Simon Mannering, who last week became the first player at the club to reach the 300-game milestone.

"We didn't want his career to end (tonight). He's someone you want out on the field next to you," Harris said.

"He's left a huge mark on this club and hopefully we can continue on from where he left it off."

The 27-12 loss brings the Warriors' 2018 campaign to an end. Source: 1 NEWS


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