TWL PLAYER RATINGS: WARRIORS V SHARKS

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A familiar rundown in the Warriors player ratings stakes after a 42-16 drubbing from the Sharks.

1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK (c): Such a class act. Ran for a game-high 211 metres and made a team-high 11 tackle-breaks, came up with the most brilliant play of the game to set up Fusitu’a’s try and never stopped having a go. A marvel in a team of plodders. 8

2 DAVID FUSITU’A: Set up the Warriors’ first try with a trademark leap and scored their last with signature diving finish. Also made some great takes at the back and ran for 90 metres. Eye-catching return. 7

3 PETA HIKU: Generally very good over the past couple of months but not an outing to remember. Ran for just 60 metres and had five missed tackles. 5

4 PATRICK HERBERT: Impressive early try and a sideline conversion in the second half, but otherwise barely featured. Missed five tackles and was thoroughly outpointed by fellow rookie Bronson Xerri. 5

5 KEN MAUMALO: Barely made it to triple-figures in the run-metres stakes, which is highly unusually for Big Ken. Forgettable outing. 4

6 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA: Not sure if he has been reading TWL‘s positive press, but CHT was awful this afternoon. Two errors, lacked imagination and intent, and was found out in defence. A big diversion from some of his outstanding recent efforts. 4

7 BLAKE GREEN: Put in the kick for the Warriors’ first try, but otherwise his kicking game was horrendous. Option-taking from a passing perspective wasn’t much better but was highly involved and at least always trying to get the Warriors going. 5

14 LACHLAN BURR: Pitched into a starting prop role and led the Warriors’ forwards with 130 metres, as well racking up 35 tackles. Popped a team-high four offloads, including one that led to Fusitu’a’s try. 6

9 ISSAC LUKE: Looked dangerous running out of dummy-half early but faded out of the game. Barely registered in the memory bank during his second stint. 5

10 LEESON AH MAU: Solid enough again with 118 metres and 24 tackles, but obviously doesn’t bring the variety the Sharks’ bookends do. 5.5

11 ADAM BLAIR: Only made four runs but reeled off 33 tackles without a miss. Looked to be throwing himself into everything and certainly not the worst we’ve seen in 2019. 5.5

12 ISAIAH PAPALI’I: Made 37 tackles, but his most effective was one that didn’t get counted on his tally – grassing teammate Blake Green to stop him from potentially denying Dugan a try. That calamity summed up his ordinary defensive effort, and grabbing a try couldn’t divert attention from a nondescript attacking display. Hard to believe he is offering more at present than Leivaha Pulu could. 3.5

13 JAZZ TEVAGA: Back in his preferred spot but came up with a mixed bag. Topped the tackle count with 49, ran for 125 metres and popped some offloads, but overall a scrappy effort marred by a couple of defensive misreads. 6

 

8 AGNATIUS PAASI: Bumped to the bench and contributed 76 metres and 25 tackles during 38 minutes on the park. OK, but not great. 5

15 SAM LISONE: Made nine carries for 92 metres but missed three tackles, while his actions in kicking a loose ball 20 metres backwards rather than diving on it showed a lack of desperation. 4.5

17 KODI NIKORIMA: Given a very generous stint at dummy-half but didn’t do a great deal with it. Gradually emerging as a disappointing mid-season purchase. 4

22 BLAKE AYSHFORD: Inexplicably brought onto the bench for Bunty Afoa and was given just nine minutes. Pointless. 4

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