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As it happened: Manly win NRL Grand Final

Published: 6:48PM Sunday October 02, 2011 Source: ONE Sport

Fulltime: Warriors 10 Manly 24
The Sea Eagles are deserved winners after being the dominant side throughout the season.

Daly-Evans try just before halftime proved crucial as the margin was just too much for the Warriors to overcome.

The Warriors have done themselves proud with their performance but are downcast as they gather together in the middle of the field awaiting the presentation of the NRL trophy to Manly.

80 minutes: Warriors 10 Manly 24
Michael Robertson converts after the final hooter.

79 minutes: Warriors 10 Manly 22
Try! Manly score out wide again through Captain Jamie Lyon.

78 minutes: Warriors 10 Manly 18
Maloney passed the ball forward inside his own in-goal and Manly are awarded the penalty.

The game is beyond the Warriors now and Manly are trying to finish with a flurry.

76 minutes: Warriors 10 Manly 18
Manly are grinding out their plays and looking to kick deep to the Warriors corners.

Warriors had another half-chance when Kevin Locke made a break but it came to nothing and Manly work it away fronm their line once again.

74 minutes: Warriors 10 Manly 18
The Warriors have been keeping the Sea Eagles inside their own half forcing Cherry-Evans to clear from his own 30 metre line. Can they produce something special?

72 minutes: Warriors 10 Manly 18
A great pass from Johnson set his outsides loose down the sideline. A Lewis Brown kick to the in-goal saw Manly trapped and having to drop-out from their own line.

71 minutes: Warriors 10 Manly 18
Maloney's conversion attempt is unsuccessful.

70 minutes: Warriors 10 Manly 18
Try! Warriors score out wide through Elijah Taylor. This game isn't over yet!

68 minutes: Warriors 6 Manly 18
The Warriors are making all the play and steaming up the middle of the park. A great Johnson bomb leaves Manly working it off their line.

65 minutes: Warriors 6 Manly 18
The Warriors are showing great spirit and have lifted their attack. Maloney looked to have snatched a try under the post but it was denied after replays showed Vatuvei had touched a loose ball in the lead-up.

63 minutes: Warriors 6 Manly 18
Maloney's conversion from out wide is waved away.

62 minutes: Warriors 6 Manly 18
Try! James Maloney made a great break to put the Warriors on the attack.

Another mesmerising Shaun Johnson run stalled the Manly defence giving Manu Vatuvei space to score in the corner.

60 minutes: Warriors 2 Manly 18
The Warriors are trying to drag themselves back into the match, working their way up-field but a Mateo pass was lost and Manly find themselves back on attack inside the Warriors 30 metre line.

58 minutes: Warriors 2 Manly 18
Try! Glenn Stewart joins his brother on the scorer's sheet after a great flick pass in-field from Will Hopoate.

Lyon converts to extend their lead to 16 points.

56 minutes: Warriors 2 Manly 12
Kieran Foran followed up his own grubber kick to the in-goal for what looked like a try but he was ruled to have knocked-on as he attempted to ground the ball.

54 minutes: Warriors 2 Manly 12
A stunning run from Krisnan Inu takes the Warriors from their own line up over halfway before he lost the ball in the tackle. Chance goes begging.

52 minutes: Warriors 2 Manly 12
Russell Packer re-enters the fray replacing Ben Matulino. Kevin Locke made a half-break but his pass was dropped by Simon Mannering.

50 minutes: Warriors 2 Manly 12
Desperate Warriors defence holds Manly out. The Warriors continue to make good ground up the middle but have been unable to create any real scoring chances so far.

48 minutes: Warriors 2 Manly 12
James Maloney made a great cover tackle as Robertson again looked to escape down the sideline.

Inu knocked on a tremendous Cherry-Evans bomb - Manly have stuck with that tactic all day and it has paid dividends for them.

46 minutes: Warriors 2 Manly 12
The Warriors forwards are packing some real venom in their tackles and are making good yards going forward. The game is locked in a real arm wrestle.

44 minutes: Warriors 2 Manly 12
Bill Tupou shunts Robertson over the sideline as he looked set to score.

Warriors barge it up through the middle third of the field allowing Maloney to get a great kick down to Manly's 5 metre line once again.

42 minutes: Warriors 2 Manly 12
A great opening set from the Warriors took them back over halfway and a towering Johnson bomb kept Michael Robertson down inside the Manly 5 metre line. 

A bad pass from Johnson was spilt by Vatuvei and Manly are in possession 20 out from the Warriors line.

Halftime: Warriors 2 Manly 12
The Warriors will be disappointed to have ended the half with Cherry-Evans' try but they are still right in this match.

It is imperative the Warriors score first in the second half and if they can repeat their recent defensive efforts of keeping the Tigers and Storm both tryless in the last 40, they will give themselves a chance of snatching the lead.

Kieran Foran and the Manly forwards have been kept quiet so far and the score doesn't reveal the closeness of that first half.

The Warriors will look to attack more through Johnson and Maloney while Mateo needs to inject himself more into their play.

Stand by for all the second half action.

Halftime: Warriors 2 Manly 12
Cherry-Evans crosses beside the posts for Manly right on halftime after a big Michael Robertson break down the sideline.

Lyon converted to give Manly a 12 point lead at the break.

39 minutes: Warriors 2 Manly 6
Warriors get a raw deal when Watmough dropped the ball cold and then played the ball sideways.

Ben Matulino is on report for a high shot on George Rose and the penalty goes to Manly.

38 minutes: Warriors 2 Manly 6
Warriors lucky to survive after Brett Stewart lunged for the line. Turnover ruled, the Warriors need something special before halftime.

36 minutes: Warriors 2 Manly 6
The Warriors are looking tired as halftime approaches.

Their forwards are struggling but they manage to get it over the 40 metre line for maloney to clear away.

34 minutes: Warriors 2 Manly 6
The Sea Eagles have their tails up but the Warriors are looking resolute as they defend well and now work it out from their own 20 metre line.

32 minutes: Warriors 2 Manly 6
Mateo loses possession in what may have been a Manly strip. 

A penalty follows and with Manly on the front-foot Cherry-Evans presents a beautiful pass to Brett Stewart to streak on to and run in to score the first try of the game. 

Lyon converts.

30 minutes: Warriors 2 Manly 0
James Maloney makes no mistake with his first penalty goal attempt as the Warriors take a slender lead.

28 minutes: Warriors 0 Manly 0
Steve Matai is blowing up over a referee's call that he lost the ball in a tackle.

The Warriors have done well to shut-down the Manly attack through the first quarter.

Mateo has been hit high by Manly prop George Rose. The crowd is livid as Rose goes on report and the Warriors recieve the penalty for what replays showed to be a cheap-shot.

26 minutes: Warriors 0 Manly 0
Kevin Locke leaps high to defuse another Foran bomb.

This is a high quality game with both sides refusing to give an inch.

24 minutes: Warriors 0 Manly 0
Feleti Mateo is on as the Warriors press the Manly line once more. Johnsosn kick to the in-goal ran dead allowing Manly to work it out from their 22.

22 minutes: Warriors 0 Manly 0
Play restarts 5 out from the Warriors line as Manu takes a hit-up followed by the big Warriors forwards. Maloney kicks down to the Manly try line for Brett Stewart to return.

20 minutes: Warriors 0 Manly 0
Manly pressing the Warriors line but good defence is holding them out. Hopoate dived in for the corner and the try has gone up to the video referee...No try!

16 minutes: Warriors 0 Manly 0
Manu saves the day securing another Manly aerial raid and the Warriors are doing well to work the ball up over halfway.

A penalty for offside gives Manly a repeat set and they start play again from halfway.

14 minutes: Warriors 0 Manly 0
Manu Vatuvei is unable to catch a towering Johnson bomb to the ingoal. Manly are off the hook.

The early exchanges have been brutal with both forward packs really muscling up.

12 minutes: Warriors 0 Manly 0
Warriors in the Manly half attacking but Hohaia lost possession in a tackle.

Manly tried to find space down Hopoates wing but Jamie Lyons pass is ruled forward. Warriors back in possession just inside the Manly half.

10 minutes: Warriors 0 Manly 0
Brett Stewart lost the ball after making a short break off a great Kieran Foran pass.

Foran has been taking the ball to the line and really testing the Warriors left-edge defence.

8 minutes: Warriors 0 Manly 0
Steve Matai nailed his opposite Krisnan Inu in a great one on one tackle.

The Warriors worked through their set and got a kick away before Maloney and then Inu launched fearsome hits on the Manly runners - Inu's being a great get-square on Matai.

6 minutes: Warriors 0 Manly 0
A knock-on from Will Hopate ruined what looked to be the first try of the match.

James Maloney then knocked-on giving Manly back possession.

4 minutes: Warriors 0 Manly 0
Daly Cherry-Evans puts up another high ball with Manly's second set but Locke is able to watch it roll dead.

2 minutes: Warriors 0 Manly 0
Manly complete their first set and get a good kick and chase away.

Kevin Locke is met by a strong reception led by big Glenn Stewart.

The Australian anthem follows as the dreaded rain begins to lightly sprinkle down.

Kick-off is just moments away.

Both teams are lined up for the National Anthems, beginning with 'God of Nations'.

Simon Mannering leads the team out to a fantastic reception.

The Warriors are out on the field looking calm and composed as Jamie Lyon and the Manly team walk down the tunnel.

Warriors fans engage in the huge mass-Haka in the stands.

What a sight with thousands of fans showing their passion for their team!

The scene is set at ANZ Stadium with the crowd predominantly wearing black in support of the Warriors.

Former NRL greats including Darren Lockyer were paraded around the ground to rapturous applause while the pre-match entertainment has just finished.

Early predictions of rain affecting the game are off the mark and let's hope it stays away for the duration of the match.

Welcome to the live updates of the NRL Grand Final between the New Zealand Warriors and the Manly Sea Eagles from ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

Manly are heavily favoured to win but the Warriors have thrived on their underdog status all season and shown everyone they are more than capable of causing an upset.

The Sea Eagles have had a comfortable build-up through the finals, despatching first the North Queensland Cowboys and then the Brisbane Broncos in emphatic fashion, and enjoying a week's rest in between each game.

The Warriors' tougher road has seen them play away for the past 3 weeks enduring a rugged schedule of travel and recovery out of their comfort zone.

This has them in good stead for the final hurdle however, which is sure to be another closely fought battle.

The Warriors are light on Grand Final experience with just three players - Lance Hohaia, Feleti Mateo and Krisnan Inu - having been in the big occasion previously while the Sea Eagles have 10 players who have been there before.

Win or lose Hohaia is playing his final match for his beloved Warriors and he is desperate to go out a winner with the clubs first Premiership title secured.

Earlier today the Junior Warriors were victorious in their Toyota Cup Grand Final thriller, winning 31-30 thanks to a Jordan Mead field goal in extra time.

That result eased the pain of defeat for Kiwi fans after watching the Auckland Vulcans go down to the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 28-30 in the Grand Final of the NSW Cup.

Here's hoping the Warriors can make it two from three and bring home the NRL Telstra Premiership trophy for the first time.

Stand by for what should be a thrilling game.

Warriors: Kevin Locke, Bill Tupou, Lewis Brown, Krisnan Inu, Manu Vatuvei, James Maloney, Shaun Johnson, Sam Rapira, Aaron Heremaia, Jacob Lillyman, Feleti Mateo, S. Mannering (c), Micheal Luck.
Replacements: Lance Hohaia, Russell Packer, Ben Matulino, Elijah Taylor, Steve Rapira.

Sea Eagles: Brett Stewart, Michael Robertson, Jamie Lyon (capt), Steve Matai, Will Hopoate, Kieran Foran, Daly Cherry-Evans, Joe Galuvao, Matt Ballin, Brent Kite, Anthony Watmough, Tony Williams, Glenn Stewart.

Replacements: Shane Rodney, Jamie Buhrer, Vic Mauro, George Rose, Darcy Lussick, Tim Robinson.