WARRIORS ROUND 8 PLAYER RATINGS

How we saw the individual performances in the Warriors’ 50-10 shellacking at the hands of the Storm.

1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK (c): The Warriors’ best on a tough night, leading the charge in attack as the Warriors staged a fight-back during the second half and running for a game-high 154 metres. 8

2 DAVID FUSITU’A: Muffed a grubber to gift a try to Ryan Hoffman in the first half and opposite number Josh Addo-Carr grabbed a double, but scored two excellent tries of his own to take his season tally to an NRL-high 10. 6

3 PETA HIKU: Stood up by Curtis Scott early, providing the Storm with the field position to put on their first try. Through the last pass for both of Fusitu’a’s tries to partially redeem himself. 5.5

4 ANTHONY GELLING: Horrible miss on Felise Kaufusi in the lead-up to Tonumaipea’s try and cruelled a Warriors attacking foray with a dropped ball soon afterwards. But turned things around with a good second half on attack, running the ball a game-high 17 times for 120 metres. 6

5 KEN MAUMALO: Did little wrong, carted the ball up 16 times for 113 metres and got a penalty for his side thanks to his quick play-the-balls. 6

6 BLAKE GREEN: Powerless to stop his ex-teammates’ first-half assault but had some nice touches in the second forty and his kicking game was sound all night. 6.5

7 MASON LINO: Exposed defensively in the first half and a non-factor on attack but was very dangerous as the Warriors turned the tables on the Storm after the break, laying on both of Fusitu’a’s tries. 7

8 BUNTY AFOA: Not the same impact that we’ve seen from Bunty in most games this season, restricted to 47 metres from seven carries. Racked up 28 tackles. 6

9 ISSAC LUKE: Went off injured inside the first 20 minutes. The Warriors badly missed his spark, slick dummy-half work and leadership. 4

10 AGNATIUS PAASI: Didn’t make much of an impression on the contest, tallying just 14 tackles and 39 running metres. 5

11 SIMON MANNERING: Topped the tackle count, ran for 85 metres and his offload going. Quality. 7

12 ISAIAH PAPALI’I: Worked hard on both sides of the ball all night with 27 tackles and 11 carries, but the Warriors certainly missed Tohu Harris’ dynamic qualities. 6

13 ADAM BLAIR: A disappointing handling error indirectly led to the Storm’s rapid four-try assault during the first half, but his involvement was good throughout. Produced the best wedgie seen for some time on Joe Stimson late in the piece. 6

14 JAZZ TEVAGA: So good as a back-row interchange this season, Tevaga had to step into the breach left by Luke. Dummy-half work wasn’t the sharpest and made a couple of errors. Tried hard as always. 5.5

15 SAM LISONE: Good energy off the pine, notching up 16 tackles and eight runs. 5.5

16 ALBERT VETE: Impressive impact from the big fella, leading Warriors forwards with 12 runs for 87 metres. Good to see him back in first grade. 6.5

20 JOSEPH VUNA: Didn’t look out of place in his maiden NRL outing, making nine tackles and three runs, along with a skilful – if ill-advised – kick-and-regather. 5.5

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