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Warriors running out of games: Mannering

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/05/2016

Simon Mannering © Getty Simon Mannering Simon Mannering says the Warriors have to start building momentum into an inconsistent NRL campaign before time runs out on them.

The backrower makes his return against Canberra in New Plymouth on Saturday night after missing the club's last two matches and the Kiwis' Test loss to the Kangaroos because of a facial injury.

The Warriors are in 13th spot on the ladder with a 4-6 record and have struggled to gain traction in their bid to make the top eight, with every win over the past six rounds being followed by a loss.

Mannering, a veteran of 244 first-grade appearances and skipper until he relinquished the role at the start of the year, says he can't put a finger on the lack of consistency.

"Our preparation is consistent and generally that flows on to the field but it hasn't," he said.

"We have to get that right because we're running out of games. We've to start getting points."

While Mannering will be back in action at Yarrow Stadium, another club stalwart, wing Manu Vatuvei, remains on the sidelines as he works through personal matters.

Vatuvei was given a medical leave of absence after being among six players disciplined for a late night out, but has since returned to training.

"Knowing Manu, he's a very strong person and he will come back from this and be better for it," Mannering said.

Asked if Vatuvei was back to his usual self, Mannering said: "You never notice anything different with Manu - he's always got a smile on his face.

"He'll be back when he's ready and the guys can't wait to get him back on the field."

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