What to watch for on Friday night in the NRL as the Warriors beat Manly on their home ground

Updated March 09, 2020 10:53:22This Saturday marks the NRL’s final home game of the year, and the Warriors will be hoping that the homecoming will help them kick off the season with an upset victory over the Manly Sea Eagles.

Warriors star Manu Vatuvei has also scored in his first NRL match since December, and he’ll be looking to give the visitors some breathing space.

After a strong opening quarter, the Warriors lost the opening two rounds to the Eagles, and they’ll be hoping their win over the Cowboys will give them a better chance of staying in the hunt.

The Warriors have lost only one of their last nine games, and it wasn’t an easy game for them in Canberra.

The Warriors are still unbeaten in their last three games, but it wasn�t pretty, with the Cowboys having the better run of the first half and being penalised for two late penalties.

It was a much different story from the opening 30 minutes, with their front three being excellent, with Ben Barba and Scott Barlow leading the charge.

The Cowboys were the better side for much of the game, with Josh Mansour, Luke Keary and Jason Taumalolo finding the target with the most dangerous passes, but the Warriors had an outstanding game plan.

They started with a quick attack, and while they didn�t score, they were the aggressors throughout.

They kicked three straight goals in the opening half, and their first two tries were converted by Luke Kearys.

It was only a matter of time until the Warriors found their way into the Rabbitohs’ half, but they were able to find an equaliser with 12 minutes left, when the Warriors’ second try was converted by Kearys from close range.

This is a good start for the Warriors, but there will be plenty of pressure on them to make the biggest step forward.

Warrior: Joe Burgess (2.1), Manu Tuilagi (2), Ben Barrington (2,2), Cameron Smith, Josh Mansurupa, Ben Foden, Shaun Johnson, Corey Norman, Ryan James (c), Matt Scott (c)Coach: Brad ArthurTopics:nrl,nrl-football,nhl,australiaContact Vince TucciMore stories from New South Wales