Monday 18 December 2017 / 02:52 AM

MANU’S MILESTONE MAGIC

Injuries and off-field issues have delayed Manu Vatuvei becoming just the 11th player in premiership history to score 150 tries, so the Warriors wing legend made sure the milestone touchdown was one to remember.

Making just his ninth NRL appearance of the season against Canberra, ‘The Beast’ juggled a David Fusitu’a cut-out pass, which subsequently went behind his back, before catching it with his other hand and diving over in the corner.

Vatuvei’s 150th try came in his 219th NRL appearance – an outstanding strike-rate by any measure. But one of the most remarkable tryscoring streaks the code has ever witnessed is in danger of coming to an end unless the veteran can go on a late-season run.

Last year, Manu became the first player ever to score 10 or more tries in 10 consecutive seasons, but in 2016 his tally stands at just four with only six regular-season games (and possible finals matches) remaining.

His freakish effort last Saturday may just be the spark he needed to ignite his season.

 

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Will Evans

CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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