Simon Mannering beats Aaron Woods
Tigers v Warriors NRL rugby league match at Campbelltown Stadium, Campbelltown Australia. Saturday 5 March 2016. Photo: Paul Seiser/Photosport.nz

With or without the captaincy, nothing changes with the way Simon Mannering goes about his work.

The 29-year-old’s outing against Wests Tigers yesterday was his first without the captain’s title since making his 100th career appearance against Melbourne in the final match of the 2009 season.

It made no difference, though, to his lead-by-example way of playing the game.

Mannering went into his 12th NRL season having shouldered a huge workload in 2015 which saw him make 1092 tackles in 24 appearances – an average of 45.5 a game – while missing just 27.

The bar went up against the Tigers when he made a game-high 55 tackles, 29 in the first half and 26 in the second while missing two in all.

He also marked his 237th match with the try – the 54th of his career – that ignited the Vodafone Warriors’ comeback from a 4-28 halftime deficit while he produced a try assist to put Solomone Kata in for his second try.

The Vodafone Warriors’ top metre makers were fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck with 200 from 14 runs and wing Manu Vatuvei with 158 from a team-high 17 runs while James Gavet was the best of the forwards with 130 from 13 carries.   

 

STATISTICS | v WESTS TIGERS, CAMPBELLTOWN SPORTS STADIUM | LOST 26-34

 

Team Stats:

Penalties | Vodafone Warriors 9, Wests Tigers 8.

Completions | Vodafone Warriors 28/39 (72%), Wests Tigers 27/38 (71%).

Total runs | Vodafone Warriors 137, Wests Tigers 156.

Metres gained | Vodafone Warriors 1320, Wests Tigers 1428.

Dummy half runs (metres) | Vodafone Warriors 8 (74), Wests Tigers 8 (48).

Line breaks | Vodafone Warriors 5, Wests Tigers 5.

Tackle breaks | Vodafone Warriors 25, Wests Tigers 32.

Kicks (kicking metres) | Vodafone Warriors 15 (354), Wests Tigers 14 (351).

Tackles Made | Vodafone Warriors 313, Wests Tigers 290.

Missed tackles | Vodafone Warriors 32, Wests Tigers 25.

Offloads | Vodafone Warriors 5, Wests Tigers 8.

Errors | Vodafone Warriors 9, Wests Tigers 10.

 

Individual stats:

Runs | Vodafone Warriors: Manu Vatuvei 17, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 14, Ben Matulino 14, James Gavet 13, Ryan Hoffman 13, Solomone Kata 11. Wests Tigers: Aaron Woods 21, James Tedesco 17, Tim Grant 15, Sauaso Sue 14, David Nofoaluma 13, Chris Lawrence 11, Jordan Rankin 11, Curtis Sironen 10.

Metres gained | Vodafone Warriors: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 200, Manu Vatuvei 158, James Gavet 130, Ben Matulino 113, Solomone Kata 111, Ryan Hoffman 101. Wests Tigers: Aaron Woods 213, James Tedesco 174, Sauaso Sue 130, Tim Simona 115, Tim Grant 113, David Nofoaluma 109, Chris Lawrence 102.

Tackle breaks | Vodafone Warriors: Manu Vatuvei 4, Shaun Johnson 4, Simon Mannering 3. Wests Tigers: David Nofoaluma 8, James Tedesco 7, Jordan Rankin 4.

Off loads | Vodafone Warriors: Manu Vatuvei 3. Wests Tigers: James Tedesco 2, David Nofoaluma 2.

Tackles made | Vodafone Warriors: Simon Mannering 55, Issac Luke 33, Ben Matulino 29, Bodene Thompson 25, Jacob Lillyman 26. Wests Tigers: Curtis Sironen 39, Aaron Woods 32, Josh Ailoai 22.

Missed tackles | Vodafone Warriors: Ben Matulino 0, Nathaniel Roache 0. Wests Tigers: Tim Simona 0, Kyle Lovett 0, Curtis Sironen 0, Josh Ailoai 0.

Supports | Vodafone Warriors: Simon Mannering 10, Jeff Robson 6, Solomone Kata 6, Manu Vatuvei 4, Tuimoala Lolohea 4. Wests Tigers: James Tedesco 8, Kevin Naiqama 7, Jack Littlejohn 5, Tim Grant 5, Josh Ailoai 5.