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Warriors player ratings Round 4

  • Warriors player ratings Round 4

The Warriors’ 20th anniversary celebration match didn’t go according to plan, producing a sloppy first half display on both sides of the ball to trail Brisbane 16-0 at halftime. A rousing effort after the break saw the Warriors draw level, but they still squandered a plethora of scoring chances during the second 40, while some poor late options – along with a couple of dusty refereeing decisions – saw the Broncos take advantage and clinch a 24-16 victory.

1.Tuimoala Lolohea: Dynamic running the ball, making a team-high 158 metres from 16 carries, while also producing plenty of clean-up work at the back. With Sam Tomkins strongly rumoured to be keen on a return to Wigan at the end of the year, Lolohea looms as the Warriors’ long-term fullback solution. 7.5

2.Jonathan Wright: An absolute liability under the high ball, running the ball and in defence. Made a succession of dreadful defensive reads on top of three errors. Wright must be the first player out when Tomkins, Laumape, Hurrell, Fisiiahi or Fusitua returns. 4

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3.Matthew Allwood: Capped a sound club debut by throwing the last pass for the Warriors’ first try and trailing Shaun Johnson to streak away for their second. Solid defensively and involved in attack, Allwood should prove a handy backup in 2015. 6.5

4.Solomone Kata: Came up with an appalling defensive read to leave Manu Vatuvei posted in the lead-up to Lachlan Maranta’s try, but ran powerfully again, racking up 111 metres from 12 carries and scoring a levelling try. 7

5.Manu Vatuvei: Not his best work, but Vatuvei was far better than his whopping error count of six suggested, often given the ball in impossible situations while also coughing up a high ball under pressure. Did the tough work out of the Warriors’ end as per usual, making 142 metres from a team-high 17 runs. 6

6.Chad Townsend: Dangerous in attack again, coming up with a line-break and finishing off the Warriors’ first try. Last-tackle options left plenty to be desired again, however. 6.5

7.Shaun Johnson: Still not as busy as Warriors fans would have liked, but brilliantly laid on Allwood’s try and put up towering bombs to set up the other two touchdowns. His last-tackle kicking was a step up from what we saw in the previous three rounds. Encouraging. 7

8.Jacob Lillyman: Plenty of purpose about ‘Bull’s’ performance, continuing his resurgence after an injury-affected start to the season with 30 tackles and 11 hit-ups for 110 metres in 49 minutes on the field. 7

9.Thomas Leuluai: Solid enough with 24 tackles in 54 minutes, but rarely tested the Broncos’ defence with his dangerous running game. 6

10.Ben Matulino: Another barnstorming effort from Matulino, leading the Warriors pack with 31 tackles (no misses), 15 runs for 159 metres and four offloads. 8

11.Bodene Thompson: Made a colossal 59 tackles, which might explain his limited output in attack of eight runs for 42 metres. Gave away two of the five penalties conceded by the Warriors. 6.5

12.Ryan Hoffman: Busy again with 31 tackles and 15 runs for 131 metres, while also causing havoc of left-hand side in conjunction with Townsend and Kata during the second half. 7.5

13.Simon Mannering: Racked up 56 tackles and 14 runs for 101 in another non-stop performance, although he did stop for a five-minute break on the bench – the only time this season one of the backrow trio has not played the 80 minutes. 7

 

14.Nathan Friend: Made his 27 minutes count, producing 22 tackles and getting out of dummy-half more regularly than Leuluai did. 6.5

15.Ben Henry: Hearts went into mouths went Henry clutched at his knee just eight minutes into his stint off the bench, but it appears the luckless utility suffered a hyperextension rather than anything more serious. 5

16.Sam Lisone: A powerful six-run, 14-tackle contribution in 25 minutes from the boom rookie, but bombed a try when he was unable to handle Townsend’s pass with the Broncos’ line beckoning. 6

17.Albert Vete: A real standout in 29 minutes of game-time, chalking up nine runs for 84 metres and making 16 tackles. 7

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