WARRIORS ROUND 10 PLAYER RATINGS

No 7s or above is this week’s depressing edition of Warriors player ratings ☹.

1. ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK: If there was a shining light, again it was probably RTS. Led the team’s running metres stats with 159 from a team-high 16 carries and was sound at the back. Needed to inject himself more at the other end though, especially given how clunky and slow the Warriors’ red-zone attack was. 6.5

2. DAVID FUSITU’A: Some really touches on attack from ‘Fus’ and 108 metres from 11 runs, but his opposite, Joseph Manu, scored a try and had a better game. No complaints, but not amazing. 6

3. PETA HIKU: Looked the most likely on attack in the first half with several tackle breaks but then it turned to custard. Terrorised defensively in a torrid night opposite Latrell Mitchell and pushed passes blighted a subpar game. Beale, Gelling and co. will be chomping at the bit after that one. 5.5

4. SOLOMONE KATA: Looked to come in for a fair bit of work after play pretty much steered clear of his edge attack-wise. Missed a few tackles but wasn’t too bad. 6

5. KEN MAUMALO: Certainly overshadowed by an on-fire Blake Ferguson …. (excuse me, just had to have a little vom after typing that. Geez he’s unlikeable) … but was pretty strong again. Error-free, ran for 115 metres from 15 carries and earned penalties. 6.5

6. BLAKE GREEN: With the pack not doing the job, Green was as ineffective as we’ve seen him this year. Didn’t run once and his kicking game was generally a couple of shades off what we’re used to. 5

7. MASON LINO: Before you get the pitchforks out for TWL, we are big Mason fans. But he stunk tonight. Bustled easily by a Roosters side he tormented six weeks ago, Lino didn’t create anything for his outsides or produce much from a direction or kicking perspective. Went off injured late. 4.5

8. BUNTY AFOA: Night started with copping a pass in the mush and was a little down on recent weeks. His work – 21 tackles, eight runs for 71 metres – was good, but not enough of it. 6

9. KARL LAWTON: A hero off the bench last week, Lawton didn’t quite step up to the mark as a starter. Worked very hard with 33 tackles and seven runs but his dummy-half work wasn’t that crisp. Better for the run and more than happy for him to stay in the role as long as Luke is out. 6

10. AGNATIUS PAASI: Hard to fault the corn-rowed hard-man, racking up 28 tackles and 10 runs for 91 metres. Solid. 6

16. ISAIAH PAPALI’I: Promoted to the starting side late for the second week in a row and tackled his heart out with 37 stops, but we know what he can do with the ball and would like to see more of it. 6

12. TOHU HARRIS: One player who didn’t look down on form. Powered through nine runs and 31 tackles, including some great cover-up efforts. Probably struggled to find his rhythm attacking-wise though. 6

13. ADAM BLAIR: Somewhat ironic that in the worst team showing of the season Blair would improve on his season averages with seven carries and 28 tackles. Line speed early was great, but if he put as much energy into this general play as he did with his beef with the Roosters’ pack in the dying minutes he could have made an actual imprint on the game. 5

 

11. SIMON MANNERING: Started off the bench again as Kearney’s bewitching game of late musical chairs continues, but got through a power of work with a team-high 40 tackles and 11 runs for 78 metres. In a dismal collective effort, not far off being their best. 6.5

15. SAM LISONE: When the Warriors needed a solid start to the second half, Lisone came up with a basic error. A return of 10 tackles and five runs did not make up for it. Should be under pressure from Vete, Satae and Sao. 3.5

17. JAMES GAVET: Played typically hard, making 13 tackles and eight runs, but still looked a little off the pace in his second game back from injury. 5

20. JAZZ TEVAGA: His wholehearted efforts so far in 2018 have confirmed two things – Tevaga’s back-row efforts are worthy of a first grade spot, but his dummy-half showings are not. If Luke is out, the Warriors need to carry another genuine hooker on the bench or play Lawton for 80. Tevaga is not up to it as a 9, while the Warriors are also missing his outstanding contributions as an interchange forward. 4.5

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