NUMBERS GAME: WARRIORS ROUND 4 STATS

The Warriors chalked up their fourth straight win over the Roosters to extend the club’s best-ever start to a season to 4-0.

It represents the first time the Warriors have won four straight since a mid-season burst in 2013, while the 30-6 victory at Allianz Stadium made it three consecutive away wins for the first time since 2011.

The Warriors’ win was just their third in 19 games without Shaun Johnson since the halfback’s 2011 debut, and the first since Round 22, 2014.

The team is ranked third in the NRL for all run metres, while they top the post-contact metres and offload categories.

Blake Green’s second 40/20 of the season took him to the top of that category in the NRL. He was also the league’s most prolific 40/20 kicker in 2017 while at Manly.

David Fusitu’a is outright first in the NRL’s tryscoring race with five, ahead of seven players tied for second place with four meat pies. Fusitu’a has made the most errors by a Warriors player this season with six (equal-eighth in the NRL).

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck notched another try assist to take his season tally to five – sixth overall and second amongst non-halves. The skipper was not required to do anywhere near as much work in the running metres department as usual, with his relatively modest 78 metres seeing him slip to 12th in the NRL after four rounds.

Big Ken Maumalo kept up his metre-eating form, however, racking up a game-high 163 to climb to eighth in the NRL and third amongst wingers. Mamalo is averaging 147 metres per game.

Halfback stand-in Mason Lino booted seven from seven in a superb goalkicking display. In Warriors history a haul of more than seven goals has only been achieved 12 times.

Tuivasa-Sheck (4), Peta Hiku and Shaun Johnson (3 each) remain in the NRL’s top-15 for line-breaks so far this season.

Hiku’s impressive tally of 158 running metres took him to 22nd in the NRL with a total of 515 after four rounds, behind only Esarn Marsters (525) and Konrad Hurrell (517) amongst the competition’s centres.

The Warriors boast three players tied for fifth in the NRL’s offloading department, with Hiku, Tuivasa-Sheck and Adam Blair racking up nine each. Ligi Sao is just  behind with eight offloads so far. The Warriors are the NRL’s offloading-est team with 71 in four games.

Sharing the defensive workload around very effectively, the Warriors don’t have one player in the NRL’s top 40 tacklers. Tohu Harris (98 tackles) is equal-46th and Issac Luke (97) is equal-48th.

Jazz Tevaga topped the tackle count off the bench for the second week in a row with 28, placing him 19th in the NRL for average tackles per game with 31.5.

Luke reclaimed top spot amongst ball-running hookers from Souths’ Damien Cook, taking his season total to 346 metres with a 98-metre performance against the Roosters.

Luke is the Warriors’ most penalised player, being pinged five times so far (equal-12th in the NRL), with Blair just behind on four (equal 20th). The Warriors won the penalty count 11-8 against the Roosters.

THE PUNT

The following selections paid out after the Warriors’ 30-6 win over the Roosters (via NZ TAB)

-Warriors Win @ $3.00
-Warriors 13+ @ $7.50
-Warriors +9.5 @ $1.87
-Under 43.5 Combined Points @ $1.87
-Warriors/Warriors @ $5.50
-Solomone Kata To Score A Try @ $3.50

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