FLASHBACK FRIDAY: MANNERING MARKS 200TH IN STYLE

If there’s any concerns over whether the hoopla over Simon Mannering’s 300th NRL appearance and final home game will distract the Warriors from the task at hand tonight, a flashback to the great man’s 200th first-grade outing should ease them.

Mannering became just the second player to reach the 200-game milestone for the Warriors in their 2014 clash with Newcastle at Mount Smart – which also double as the ultra-consistent back-rower’s 100th game as captain.

He needed only 10 minutes to make a day to remember, producing a remarkable kick-and-chase try to put the Warriors on the board. Mannering had a double just before halftime after running onto a flat Feleti Mateo pass, pushing the Warriors out to a 22-12 lead at the break.

Following a nervy period as the Warriors clung to a four-point lead, the hosts stormed to a 38-18 win with three tries in the last 17 minutes – including a second to Manu Vatuvei.

Using that performance as the paradigm, expect a fairytale hat-trick from the 32-year-old Warriors icon against the Raiders tonight.

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