The beauty of The Beast

After more than a month since his last NRL Telstra Premiership appearance – spent on medical leave following his punishment for failing to meet team standards – the 216-game veteran was back to help the Kiwi side produce their best performance of the year in a 36-18 victory over Brisbane.

After the win coach Andrew McFadden paid tribute to the hulking winger, while Shaun Johnson, Tuimoala Lolohea, Solomone Kata and captain Ryan Hoffman all joined him in showing their admiration for Vatuvei.

Raiders punish Warriors

Canberra dominated the majority of the 80 minutes, scoring three tries directly from Warriors handling errors in their own half, on a night where they crossed for six four-pointers in greasy conditions.

Up 22-0 at the break, the Green Machine didn't let up in the second period, as they registered their first win in their last six games against the Kiwi side.

The early minutes suggested a grinding affair was on the cards, but once Canberra got over the top of the Warriors' pack in the middle the points quickly followed.

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Conflicting second-half performances tell the story

After enjoying an 18-14 lead at the break, the Warriors lost their way in the second stanza, conceding 16 points while failing to score a single one themselves.

More embarrassment for Warriors

The Warriors were left stunned by the Storm attack that ran in five tries alone in the first half.

Coach Andrew McFadden said it was unacceptable.

"It was a big occasion, we knew they were going to come out and we just clearly weren't prepared for that, we never really got ourselves into the game at any stage.

Issac Luke pays special tribute to newborn daughter in Auckland hospital

Mickayela gave birth to their third child this week and the pair have remained in hospital.

After scoring in the 18th minute against Brisbane in the game the Warriors eventually lost 25-10, Luke made three gestures, the first one was to make the letter 'M', the second was as if he was rocking a baby and he blew a kiss with the third.

ARL boss, teammate backing Packer

Packer is hoping to revive his NRL career after signing with the St George Dragons in October.

However the 26-year-old is reportedly facing deportation under new Australian immigration laws after being jailed for two years in 2013 for assault.

The office of immigration minister Peter Dutton says Packer's case is being reviewed but no decision has been made at this stage.

Grant says the government's decision is nothing to do with them but he's satisfied Packer has done enough to renew his career.