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Vatuvei laments the one that got away

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 27/07/2016

Manu Vatuvei © Getty Images Manu Vatuvei Veteran Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei felt helpless watching from the sidelines as his side suffered yet another golden-point NRL loss.

The 30-year-old was forced off in the 63rd minute with a knee complaint as the Warriors clawed their way back from 22-4 down to push their match with the Raiders into extra-time.

However, they conceded a Jarrod Croker try in the 82nd minute to lose their third golden-point match in four games.

Vatuvei told reporters on Wednesday he was frustrated to depart early but expected to be fit for his side's match against the Panthers on Saturday.

"I knew I couldn't carry on, but I just had to come off," Vatuvei said.

"I'm pretty confident that we'll come right.

"I've just got to look after it really well, ice it up, get the swelling down and hope it stays good."

The 28-time Kiwi international scored the first try of the match in Australia's capital, juggling a pass from David Fusitu'a before launching himself over the line.

But Vatuvei said the wonder-try was more fortune than skill.

"The bounce of the ball came my way, it just popped up and I just turned around and it was there," he said.

Head coach Andrew McFadden said Vatuvei would have to adopt a conservative approach towards his knee for the remainder of the season.

"He's OK but it's just something he'll have to manage throughout the year," McFadden said.

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