WARRIORS ROUND 22 PLAYER RATINGS

Marks out of 10 for the Warriors lads after their 20-4 win over the Knights.

1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK (c): Magnificent again, running for a season-high 280 metres on 22 carries, having a hand in one try, making a couple of sizzling busts in the second half and faultless at the back. In a game with not a whole lot of man-of-the-match contenders, you’d have to think RTS took the three Dally M votes again, which would put him in prime position to become the first-ever Warrior to win the Medal. 8.5

2 DAVID FUSITU’A: Great comeback from last week’s mare. Finished with 12 runs for 108 metres (doesn’t that sound like his exact stats every week?) but scored a barnstorming try to end a five-game drought and was brilliant under the high ball all night. 8

3 GERARD BEALE: Still lacks the penetration and dangerous combination with ‘Fus’ that Hiku brought, but solid on D and came up with the assist for Blair’s try. Much busier running the ball than recent weeks. 7

4 SOLOMONE KATA: Quiet first half, blockbusting second. Sat a number of Knights defenders on their backsides as he went looking for the ball in centre-field after the break, while he racked up 16 tackles. 7

5 KEN MAUMALO: Still can’t believe I’m saying this, but Big Ken is among the Warriors’ most reliable performers. Went nuts for 208 metres on 22 runs, while his decision-making in defence was excellent. I just love him. 8

6 BLAKE GREEN: The highlight was obviously his blinding solo try, but controlled play nicely and featured prominently in attack. A few dusty kicks pegged back his score a bit. 7

7 SHAUN JOHNSON: Much like his halves partner, had some moments of real inspiration – including a key hand in both first-half tries – but came up with a few ordinary kicks amongst the good ones and the odd error. Not his best, but the game situation didn’t demand it. 6.5

8 JAMES GAVET: One of his most authoritative performances of the season, leading the way with 14 runs for 137 metres and really winding up. Impressive. 7

9 ISSAC LUKE: Picked his moments in his 250th to menace the Knights from dummy-half, almost breaking triple figures in the run metres department. Great support play and toiled for 25 tackles. 8

10 AGNATIUS PAASI: After an early error was very strong in the middle, getting through 23 tackles and 11 runs for 105 metres. No complaints. 6.5

11 ISAIAH PAPALI’I: Super busy on both sides of the ball, carting it up 13 times and reeling off 30 tackles. No hurry, Tohu, the teenager has got this. 7

12 ADAM BLAIR: Backed up to get off the nudie run for the year and looked good on the edge, powering through 32 tackles and nine carries. Has combined the one-percenters with strong work-rate for a good month now, which is great to see. 7.5

13 SIMON MANNERING: Back in the No.13 again and was more like what we’re used to seeing from the great man. Racked up 35 tackles and 110 metres in a fine performance and went close to scoring a try on a couple of occasions. Encouraging as the final curtain nears. 7

 

 

14 JAZZ TEVAGA: Again topped the tackle count off the bench with 41 and still found time to make 11 runs for 109 metres, as well as producing a key offload in the lead-up to Green’s try. His detractors just don’t get rugby league. 7.5

15 LEIVAHA PULU: Slowly working his way back from injury and made some good runs in limited time on the field. 6

16 BUNTY AFOA: Charged off the back fence like a madman to keep the Warriors’ middle momentum going. Made 20 tackles and 90 metres in a satisfying effort. 7

17 PETA HIKU: Left collecting splinters until the last few minutes but still managed to make 28 metres from two runs. 5

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