Tag Archive: Michael Oldfield


Manly 14 – Auckland 12

Brett Stewart has made a successful comeback to rugby league in Manly’s 14-12 pre-season trial win over the New Zealand Warriors at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland. The gifted fullback played 20 minutes against the New Zealand side and declared himself on track to play in his side’s round one NRL match against the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park on March 12. Stewart, returning to the game after consecutive season-ending knee injuries, hadn’t played since the first round of the competition in 2010. The 25 year-old said he “couldn’t be happier” with his cameo appearance and was keen to get some more game time under his belt. A try to fringe second rower Vic Mauro eight minutes from time was enough to give his side the win. The Warriors had led for much of the physical encounter but couldn’t quite close out the match. Continue reading

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Oldfield ready to face Vatuvei

Manly winger Michael Oldfield made his debut against an all-conquering St George Illawarra side last year but on Saturday he’ll face the ultimate test for an NRL winger. The youngster was named in Des Hasler’s 24-man squad to take on the New Zealand Warriors in Auckland and appears set to take on the most fearsome winger in the game Manu Vatuvei. Oldfield, who impressed in his round 23 debut against the eventual premiers, enjoyed a fruitful Toyota Cup season in which he scored 13 tries. But he has never faced someone like the 190cm, 112kg Vatuvei. “I’ll do my best,” Oldfield said. “Hopefully my centres help me out but I don’t know, I’ll just try to hold onto the bloke … He’s a big boy. Continue reading

Wolfman howls in trial – Twice!

David Williams produced the perfect return from injury, scoring a double in his first game in more than a year in Manly’s 18-0 NRL trial victory over Cronulla. “The Wolfman” opened the scoring with his first touch of the ball on Friday night when he pounced on a pin-point grubber from utility forward Terence Seuseu in the 11th minute. Williams was in again 20 minutes into the second half, capitalising on some good lead-up work from Joe Galuvao to crash over and cap off the dream return. But it was in the 35th minute that Williams’ shoulder overcame its biggest test as he was crunched by two Cronulla enforcers, before bouncing up and high-fiving team-mates. Continue reading