The Sea Eagles and the Warriors were set to do battle at Lottoland tonight for the first time since 2011 at Manly’s home ground.
So, with rugby league suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s time to look at some of the interesting facts and figures from the 36 games played between Manly and the Warriors since 1995.
It might even help settle an old argument!
Grand Final Glory
The Sea Eagles beat the Warriors 24-10 to win the 2011 NRL Premiership at ANZ Stadium on October 2. It was Manly’s 18th Grand Final appearance and the second for the Warriors.
Manly also became the first club to play in grand finals in seven consecutive decades.
Glenn Stewart had a superb game to collect the Clive Churchill Medal. It was Manly’s eighth premiership title.
Brett Stewart was unstoppable against the Warriors with ‘Snake’ sliding his way over for 13 tries in 13 games.
At home, the ‘Prince of Brookvale’ scored four tries against them, including a hat-trick in 2008. The ‘Snake’ was also venomous in Auckland, crossing for four tries in four games. In 2008, Stewart scored six tries over three games against the Warriors.
'Chez' puts the icing on the cake
Daly Cherry-Evans has tormented the Warriors with four field goals, be it off the left or right foot.
In 2016, ‘Chez’ got Manly home 15-14 in Golden Point off his non preferred left foot in torrential rain.
And Manly fans will never forget his incredible double act in Auckland in 2017!
With two minutes left, Cherry-Evans landed a field goal off his right foot to go into Golden Point. He then landed his second field goal, this time off the left foot, to win the game with 48 seconds left.
The Lyon Roars
The great Jamie Lyon kicked 39 goals from 58 attempts in 14 games as a goal-kicker against the Warriors.
He had a perfect seven from seven in the 34-18 win at Mt Smart Stadium in 2016, and also kicked three from three in Manly's 2011 Grand Final win
‘The Duck’ quacks
Winger Scott Donald, aka 'The Duck', scored four tries in two games in two years.
In 2004, Donald bagged a double in the 42-20 win at Mt Smart. He then grabbed another two in the 26-20 win at Mt Smart in 2005. Now’s that one good Duck!
Tom Trbojevic has destroyed the Warriors’ defence with his sped and skills in recent times, scoring seven tries in seven games, be it in Perth, Auckland, or Christchurch.
The twin cylinders were firing too with 'Turbo’ scoring twice in the 2017 win in Perth, and in the 2019 win in Christchurch.
Brothers in Arms
The fabulous Stewart brothers and the amazing Trbojevic brothers know their way to the tryline.
Brett and Glenn Stewart scored a try each twice against the Warriors - the first in the 20-14 win at Mt Smart in 2008 before a try each in the 2011 Grand Final victory.
As for Jake and Tom, they crossed for a try each in the 22-21 win in Auckland in 2017.
Imagine all four in the same team!
Roll up for Hat-Tricks
The great Steve Menzies and David Williams scored a hat-trick each against the Warriors.
‘Beaver’ Menzies crossed for his three tries in the 38-12 win at Mt Smart Stadium in 1998 with 'Wolfman’ Williams achieving his in the 27-12 win in Gosford in 2013.
'Cherry' on top
Daly Cherry-Evans holds the record for most points scored by a player against the Warriors.
He scored two tries and kicked seven from nine goals for 22 points in the 46-12 win in Christchurch in 2019.
Next best on 16 points is Matt Orford ahead of Matthew Ridge, Andrew Walker, and Jamie Lyon, who all scored 14 points in a match.
You score, I score
The ‘Fortress’ was rocking in 2008 after Manly raced in 10 tries to one in their 52-6 win over the Warriors.
Of those 10 tries, winger Michael Robertson and full-back Brett Stewart scored three tries each. Not to be outdone, second-rower Anthony Watmough also crossed twice.
1995 – the year of the first game
796 – the amount of points Manly has scored against the Warriors
591 – the number of points Manly has conceded against the Warriors
36 – the games played between Manly and the Warriors
24 – the games won by Manly
16 – the number of times the Warriors have hosted Manly in Auckland
14 – the margin in the 2011 Grand Final victory
13 – the number of tries scored Brett Stewart scored against the Warriors
12 – the amount of games played in Sydney
10 – how many times the Warriors have beaten Manly
8 – the number of tries scored between Michael Robertson (3), Brett Stewart (3) and Anthony Watmough (2) in the 52-6 win at the ‘Fortress’ in 2008.
7 – tries in seven games for Tom Trbojevic against the Warriors
5 – the amount of tries scored by David Williams, Chris Hicks, Jorge Taufua*
4 – the number of field goals kicked by Daly Cherry-Evans
3 – the number of games played in Perth
2 – the amount of times Scott Donald scored twice (2004, 2005) in a game against the Warriors
1 – the number of Grand Finals between the two clubs (2011)
Most Tries v Warriors
13 Brett Stewart
7 Steve Menzies, Steve Matai, Tom Trbojevic*, Daly Cherry-Evans*
6 Michael Robertson
5 David Williams, Chris Hicks, Jorge Taufua*
4 Jamie Lyon, Anthony Watmough, Scott Donald, Glenn Stewart
3 Albert Torrens, Michael Bani, Peta Hiku, Reuben Garrick*, Tony Williams*
Most Tries in a Game
3 Steve Menzies (Rd 24, 1998)
3 Michael Robertson (Rd 3, 2008)
3 Brett Stewart (Rd 3, 2008)
3 David Williams (Rd 22, 2013)
Most Field Goals
4 Daly Cherry-Evans* (2013-2017)
39 – Jamie Lyon
16 – Matt Orford
9 – Daly Cherry-Evans*
Most Points in a match
22 – Daly Cherry-Evans* (2 tries, 7 goals), Christchurch 2019
16 – Matt Orford (1 try/6 goals), Brookvale 2008
14 – Matthew Ridge (1 try, 5 goals), Auckland 1995
14 - Jamie Lyon (7 goals), Auckland 2016
14 - Andrew Walker (7 goals), Auckland 2004
All stats checked by League Information Services.
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