WARRIORS ROUND 6 PLAYER RATINGS

How we saw the Warriors individually in their disappointing 27-18 loss to the Broncos at Mount Smart.

1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK (c): Had a lot to do at the back and did most of it very well, along with making several incisive runs on attack. Let down by the 12 in front of him. 7

2 DAVID FUSITU’A: Nabbed an early try but was otherwise fairly unimpressive. 6

3 PETA HIKU: Produced some strong runs but had a few ordinary defensive misses and a bad error that led to the Broncos scoring the first try of the second half. For the first time this season, more negatives than positives. 5.5

4 SOLOMONE KATA: Look good when he got involved, but that wasn’t nearly enough. Dreadful miss on opposite James Roberts into the lead-up to Isaako’s first try. Limped off inside the last 10 minutes. 6

5 KEN MAUMALO: Ended up with over 100 metres but far less hungry and effective than his previous five outings this year, while novice opposite Isaako got two tries. 5.5

6 BLAKE GREEN: Scored a try, tried to take control but lack the decisiveness we’ve quickly become accustomed to. Not bad, just nowhere near as good as he has been. 6.5

7 SHAUN JOHNSON: Brilliant ball for the first try and dazzling try late in the piece, but pretty ordinary by his standards in between. Lack the defensive aggression of the week before and didn’t run the ball anywhere near enough. 6

15 SAM LISONE: Bumped up to the starting side in Afoa’s place but didn’t really make it count. 6

9 ISSAC LUKE: Service from dummy-half wasn’t as crisp as it has been and his running game wasn’t as busy. Probably not helped by playing behind a beaten pack, while he reeled off 32 tackles. 6.5

10 AGNATIUS PAASI: You couldn’t hope for a better opening stint from a starting middle, powering for 76 metres from eight carries in the first 20 minutes. Second stint wasn’t quite as eye-catching but still solid to finish with a team-high 116 metres. 7.5

11 LEIVAHA PULU: Started strongly but was assisted off midway through the first half with what looked to be a pretty serious ailment. 4

12 TOHU HARRIS: Probably the Warriors’ best with a team-high 38 tackles and also running for over 100 metres, causing headaches for the Broncos with almost every carry.

13 ADAM BLAIR: Given the game circumstances, needed to do a lot more than 21 tackles and seven runs. Frustrating. 5.5

 

14 JAZZ TEVAGA: Didn’t have the same impact as his previous three interchange displays, but nevertheless solid with 28 tackles and nine runs. 6

8 BUNTY AFOA: Ran like a freight train at every opportunity after dropping back to the bench in a late change. Finished with 28 tackles and eight runs for 84 metres in another strong display. 7

16 SIMON MANNERING: Pushed out to the edge by Pulu’s injury and did a good job, racking up 29 tackles and nine runs. 6.5

17 ANTHONY GELLING: Replaced an injured Kata with less than 10 minutes to go and made every attempt possible to return back to NSW Cup duty, coming up with two shocking dummy-half passes and a game-killing error. 1

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