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Warriors Player Ratings Round 3

  • Warriors Player Ratings Round 3

The Warriors notched back-to-back wins courtesy of an opening-quarter blitzkrieg against Parramatta, beating the clock in racking up a 22-0 lead. After a shaky period during the second half in which the Eels scored three tries and cut the advantage to 12 points, the Warriors closed out the match comfortably 29-16 to sit on four competition points after three rounds for the first time since 2010.


1.Sam Tomkins: Outstanding cleaning up at the back and chiming into the backline before hobbling off 10 minutes into the second half – after which the Warriors threatened to implode. 7

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2.Jonathan Wright: Good stats of 18 tackles and 12 runs for 82 metres, but a shabby second half display included a dropped ball that gifted a try and invited Parramatta back into the contest, while he was caught out on the outside twice by Reece Robinson in the lead-up to the Eels’ first and third tries. 5.5

3.Tuimoala Lolohea: Backed up to score a runaway try and looked more comfortable at centre this week, before making a fine contribution from fullback for the final 30 minutes. Made 133 metres from 15 runs. 7.5

4.Solomone Kata: An early candidate for Dally M Rookie of the Year honours. Scored two tries from kicks and made 81 metres from 10 runs in a consummate display. 7.5

5.Manu Vatuvei: ‘The Beast’ was the best player on the field, chalking up a try and two line breaks among 19 runs for 203 metres. Produced some outstanding runs in the middle of the field in a busy performance, while he appeared to be one of the few Warriors to keep their cool as the Eels fought back. 8.5

6.Chad Townsend: The former Shark may be the answer at No.6 yet. In arguably his best performance for the club, Townsend kicked deftly for both of Kata’s tries and busted the line to send Vatuvei over. Shouldered most of the playmaking load in an excellent afternoon’s work. 8

7.Shaun Johnson: Whether it was the arm injury, the Warriors’ early dominance or a case of the halfback still finding his rhythm, Johnson took a back-seat for most of the match. Worked over in defence and rarely took the line on, but kicked well and slotted a field goal, while a chip-and-regather indicated the magic is still bubbling close to the surface. 6

8.Jacob Lillyman: ‘Bull’s’ best outing of the season after an indifferent start to 2015, making 21 tackles and 12 hit-ups in a 46-minute contribution. 7

9.Thomas Leuluai: Superb 57-mintue display at dummy-half, making a sizzling break to set up Lolohea’s try and making 18 tackles (no misses), while importantly coming up with zero errors. 7.5

10.Ben Matulino: The front-row bruiser is in great touch, recording 21 tackles (no misses), 17 runs for 143 metres and three offloads. Throwing down the challenge to the likes of Bromwich, Graham and Scott. 8

11.Bodene Thompson: Strong and busy on both sides of the ball, making 42 tackles and 10 hit-ups. Solid. 7

12.Ryan Hoffman: Already proving worth every penny the club shelled out for him, Hoffman started the early avalanche with a try from dummy-half – his third of the season. Racked up 21 tackles and 17 runs for 138 metres. 8

13.Simon Mannering: Captain Fantastic rounded out a wonderful collective 80-minute performance from the backrow trio, topping the tackle count with 44 and running for 113 metres from 16 carries. 7.5


14.Nathan Friend: Celebrated 200 NRL appearances with 12 tackles and three dummy-half runs in 23 minutes of game-time. His rotation with Leuluai is working nicely so far, as much as he would like more minutes. 6.5

15.Ben Henry: Forced to play most of his 44 minutes in the centres, but came up with 20 tackles and nine runs. 6

16.Sam Lisone: Afforded just 21 minutes this week, Lisone made them count with 13 tackles and 12 runs for 94 metres. Massive contribution in a short space of time. 7

17.Albert Vete: Like fellow rookie Lisone, Vete was held back with just 24 minutes of game-time, but notched 11 tackles and eight hit-ups for 71 metres. 6.5

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