TWL PLAYER RATINGS: WARRIORS V RAIDERS

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Boys, just know that dishing out these ratings hurts me more than it hurts you.

1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK (c): The Warriors’ best, almost inevitably. Ran for over 200 metres, made seven tackle-breaks and looked the only player on his team capable of threatening the Raiders’ defence during the first half. Bit quiet after the break. 6.5

2 GERARD BEALE: Didn’t do a lot wrong, though his rookie opponent scoring two tries wasn’t a great look. Just doesn’t offer enough physicality or scoring threat to cut it in the NRL anymore. 5

3 PETA HIKU: One of the better performers, coming up with several strong defensive players and racking up 94 running metres – fourth-highest for the Warriors. 6

4 BLAKE AYSHFORD: Wonderful offload to set up Chanel’s first try and came up with some impressive defensive saves. Just 32 metres gained, however. 5.5

5 KEN MAUMALO: Can’t help but admire his work ethic, running for a game-high 225 metres (88 post-contact) on 21 carries. No chances on attack though and was found out defensively on a couple of occasions. 6

6 KODI NIKORIMA: Fended off to allow Soliola to storm through for the opening try and left the field soon after as his ankle injury flared up. 3

7 BLAKE GREEN: If Shaun Johnson had served up that sort of performance at the Warriors, fans would have dragged him through the streets of Penrose all the way to the Viaduct and dumped him in the harbour. Inexcusably bad kicking game – particularly inside the Raiders’ 20-metre zone – and offered little on attack that wasn’t snail-paced until delivering a superb offload for CHT’s second try. Also missed six tackles. 4

8 AGNATIUS PAASI: A beast last week, a passenger tonight. Ran just six times in 44 minutes, but toiled diligently for 43 tackles and only one miss. 5

13 JAZZ TEVAGA: Not his fault that he was pitched into hooker – where he has publicly admitted he prefers not to play – but was nevertheless unimpressive there. Shocking miss on Papalii as the Raiders bagged their second try. Looked more comfortable at lock and finished with a mammoth 68 tackles. 4.5

10 LEESON AH MAU: The Warriors’ best forward by some margin. Ran for 116 metres and made 32 tackles without a miss. Always going to do his job soundly but is never going to be a genuine game-changer. 6

11 ADAM BLAIR: Set the tone with a dropped ball in the opening set and had another error against his name by the six-minute mark. Finished with 33 tackles and 74 metres but couldn’t do much to stem the lime green tide and gave away two penalties. The marquee back-rower duel between Blair and John Bateman was a TKO to the Englishman by halftime. 4.5

12 ISAIAH PAPALI’I: Just three runs, five missed tackles – overall a very unflattering 68-minute contribution. 4

14 LACHLAN BURR: Some of the better numbers among the Warriors forwards with 81 metres from 10 carries and 51 tackles, but looked very much the value-for-money plodder than valuable NRL lock up against the Raiders’ dynamic pack. 5

 

16 BUNTY AFOA: Certainly didn’t let the side down in 37 minutes on the paddock, racking up 93 metres and 29 tackles. Looked one of the only Warriors capable of not getting frogmarched by the Raiders’ defence. 6

17 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA: Entered the game early at five-eighth and was highly involved. Excellent support play was rewarded with two tries, while he seemed the only Warriors ball-player capable of unsettling the Raiders’ defensive line. Like last week, went for a string of big hits but failed to stick, missing five tackles in a subpar defensive showing. 6

18 KARL LAWTON: Left getting splinters on the bench for far too long, but the Warriors’ were a smoother outfit during his 34 minutes at dummy-half. Nothing great, but decent enough coming back from injury. 5

20 JOSH CURRAN: Must have considered turning down the offer of an NRL debut at halftime. Tough game to make your introduction in but showed enough intent with the ball, racking up 83 metres on eight runs in 32 minutes. Less encouraging on the other side of the ball, making 19 tackles but missing eight. 5

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