TWL RD 18: WARRIORS PLAYER RATINGS

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Marks out of 10 from a finals-hopes-crushing loss to Cronulla.

1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK: Made 19 runs for 152 metres and produced a wonderful try-assist just before halftime to keep the Warriors in the game. One of his side’s best, but his teammates’ shortcomings meant he didn’t have enough of the attacking opportunities that have been a feature of RTS’s past few outings. 7.5

2 ADAM POMPEY: Strong runs, a couple of shaky moments under the high ball but nice finish for a second-half try. Showing enough to suggest he is worthy of a wing spot even when Ken and Fus are back in the mix. His opposing winger scoring two tries was less than ideal. 6

3 HAYZE PERHAM: Ten runs for 73 metres and 11 tackles without a miss playing opposite Jesse Ramien. Has made a real good fist of this centre stint. 6.5

4 PETA HIKU: Genius try-assist, 100 running metres and 23 tackles. Another big tick in a stellar season from the silky enigma. 7.5

5 GEORGE JENNINGS: Has been an outstanding acquisition but George had a mare tonight. Two errors, two penalties, got bundled into touch on the first tackle near the Cronulla line. Slowly won back some kudos and finished with 115 metres but this was a game he would prefer to forget. 4.5

6 KODI NIKORIMA: After an early line-break assist, Kodi was very disappointing on the attacking side of things. Reluctant to unleash his running games and showed little creativity. Kicking game was solid enough but overall a disappointing performance in a game that was sitting there for him to put his stamp on. 5

7 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA: More willing to take the Sharks on than his halves partner but incessantly handing off the ball inside to forwards when the Warriors were on the attack was a frustrating development. Forced two line dropouts and drained two massive goals in a good night with the boot. 7

8 JAMAYNE TAUNOA-BROWN: Little impact with the ball against the big Sharks pack – five runs for 42 metres – and a bad one-on-one miss on Rudolf effectively put the Warriors out of finals contention. 5

9 KARL LAWTON: Played the first 27 minutes at dummy-half and was sound without standing out. 5.5

12 TOHU HARRIS: Shunted up to prop and played 80 minutes, reeling off 21 runs for 201 metres and 42 tackles in an absolute titanic display in a campaign brimming with them. A marvel. 8.5

11 JACK MURCHIE: A team-high 46 tackles, 90 metres and the Warriors’ only try-scorer in the first half, proving a constant threat on the right edge. A couple of errors, however, and a penalty for pushing a Shark’s head into the turf that was so cheap and unnecessary Todd Payten singled it out in his press conference. 7

10 ISAIAH PAPALI’I: Angled his way back into the starting team and had nine runs for 75 metres and 37 tackles in an energetic display with no errors or penalties conceded. 6.5

13 JAZZ TEVAGA: Had a team-high four offloads, 15 runs for 143 metres and 24 tackles in 48 minutes on the park – a total that took a courtesy of an HIA assessment. Good, but down slightly on his usual impact. 6.5

 

14 WAYDE EGAN: Once again the Warriors looked considerably better – particularly on attack – with Egan at dummy-half. Slick service and picked his times to run well. Made 32 tackles in 53 minutes but missed five. 6

15 ADAM BLAIR: Probably the Warriors’ best forward after Tohu. Nine runs for 77 metres and 24 tackles despite getting just 34 minutes. Should be starting. 7

16 DANIEL ALVARO: Always gets through plenty of work in limited game-time – this time chalking up six runs and 10 tackles in less than 15 minutes. 5.5

17 LACHLAN BURR: Back to the bench and looked better for it. Had 10 runs for 81 metres and 17 tackles without a miss in just 31 minutes. Putting himself out there as potentially a decent bargain buy for a rival club in 2021. 6.5

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