Mannering backs Warriors for finals push

Warriors second-rower Simon Mannering says his side has kicked into gear just in time for NRL finals season.

The eighth-placed Warriors clawed their way back from 12-0 down against Manly in Perth during the weekend to finish regular time with 14 points apiece.

An 85th minute Daly Cherry-Evans field goal ensured the two points went back to Brookvale but Mannering told reporters he was impressed by his side’s spirit.

The Warriors, who will play the Raiders in Canberra on Saturday, have not lost in 80 minutes since their last match against the Raiders in New Plymouth.

“I think we’re doing things better and I definitely think we’ve improved but there’s definitely still a lot to improve on,” Mannering said.

“We have to be better because I’m sure we’ll get into another situation like that before the year’s out and hopefully we can finish it off.”

Mannering, 29, abdicated his role as Warriors captain at the start of the 2016 season in favour of Ryan Hoffman.

He led the side for six seasons.

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