1 Jul 2017

Warriors Perth hoodoo continues

11:54 pm on 1 July 2017

The Warriors have continued their Western Australian losing streak going down 26-22 to the Manly in a closely fought NRL game in Perth tonight.

Warriors Simon Mannering is tackled by the Sea Eagles

Warriors Simon Mannering is tackled by the Sea Eagles Photo: Photosport

The Warriors let an early 16 - 0 lead slip,allowing Manly in to score five unanswered tries and hold on to a four-point lead for the final 15 minutes to win.

It is the Warrior's ninth straight loss in Perth since first playing there in 1996 and the fifth time they have thrown away a considerable lead at NIB Stadium.

Shaun Johnson had a chance to level the scores in the second-last minute when he sprinted 40m but he was dragged over the sideline by Akuila Uate to end any hopes of a Warriors' comeback.

After a horrible start, Sea Eagles hooker Apisai Koroisau provided the game- breaking play out of dummy-half in the 23rd minute as he broke free down field and put Trbojevic over to score.

Centre Brian Kelly and Uate also went over before the break to level the scores, with Uate's coming after Cherry-Evans broke the Warriors' line from his own end.

The halfback also put Dylan Walker over with a cut-out ball midway through the second half to give Manly a 26-16 lead.

The Warriors looked like a team that could threaten for the finals in the early stages but now sit four points behind eighth-placed Parramatta. The Sea Eagles have moved to third on the NRL ladder.

Johnson had two try assists in the opening 10 minutes, while Kieran Foran also had an early assist against his former club.

But the Warriors drifted out of the match until Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad ran onto a Roger Tuivasa-Sheck cut-out ball in the 64th minute to reduce the margin to four and set up the grandstand finish.