On course to win his third straight club Warriors Player of the Year gong and in the mix to again claim the Dally M Medal, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has taken out back-to-back This Warriors Life Player of the Year awards.
We gave every Warriors player a rating out of 10 after each match in 2019 and collated their tallies, then deducted the three lowest scores (including matches missed).
The result was never in doubt, with RTS consistently the best player in his underperforming side by a sizeable margin.
Here’s how the final table panned out:
THIS WARRIORS LIFE 2019 PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD – FINAL LEADERBOARD
166.5 – Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
155 – Ken Maumalo
140.5 – Peta Hiku
138 – Leeson Ah Mau
136 – Agnatius Paasi
131.5 – Jazz Tevaga
129.5 – Bunty Afoa
128.5 – Lachlan Burr
128.5 – Adam Blair
128 – Isaiah Papali’i
Big winger Ken Maumalo’s second placing was equally predictable – and there was a massive gap back to the rest of the field.
Centre Peta Hiku, an oft-maligned figure in 2018, found genuine consistency this year and finished third in the TWL standings. Front-rowers Leeson Ah Mau (despite not scoring above a 7.5 all season) and Agnatius Paasi rounded out the top five.
An undeniably patchy team performance, but big individual positives from RTS, Big Ken, Hiku and Paasi, as well as Kakariki's second half. #NRLKnightsWarriors #ThisWarriorsLife #WeAreWarriorshttps://t.co/SvykzNCpzy
— This Warriors Life (@thiswarriorslyf) July 6, 2019
RTS’s lowest score all season was a solitary 6 against Newcastle in Round 8, while he earned an 8 or higher in 16 of his 23 games.
Tuivasa-Sheck (versus Brisbane and Parramatta) and Maumalo (versus St George Illawarra and Gold Coast) both posted two 9 ratings this season. Tohu Harris (v Melbourne), Paasi (v Parramatta) and Chanel Harris-Tavita (v Manly) were the other Warriors to reel in a 9.
Plenty of fun dishing out marks out of 10 after that @NZWarriors comeback!
A+: Big Ken
A: RTS, Lawton
A-: Tohu, Kodi#NRLWarriorsDragons #ThisWarriorsLife #WarriorNation #WeAreWarriors https://t.co/xCRCDdqPNa
— This Warriors Life (@thiswarriorslyf) May 11, 2019
The skipper also gapped his teammates in the highest average score stakes with 7.78 – superior to his mean rating during his Dally M-winning campaign (7.61).
Maumalo was the only other player to average higher than a 7 each week, while the importance of Harris’ long-term absence is highlighted by his average score of 6.92. Harris-Tavita’s average of 6.58 is impressive considering he came off the bench four times and was twice shunted to centre in 13 rookie-season appearances.
THIS WARRIORS LIFE 2019 PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD – HIGHEST AVERAGE SCORES
7.78 – Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
7.09 – Ken Maumalo
6.92 – Tohu Harris
6.58 – Chanel Harris-Tavita
6.5 – Peta Hiku
6.48 – Bunty Afoa
6.47 – Issac Luke
6.46 – Leeson Ah Mau
6.38 – David Fusitu’a
6.33 – Agnatius Paasi
Take a trip down memory lane and check out how the inaugural TWL Player of the Year race in 2018 unfolded: