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Warriors Player Ratings Round 5

  • Warriors Player Ratings Round 5

The Warriors sunk to their second straight loss – and their third in five rounds – thanks to an error-riddled display at AAMI Park, where the clinical Melbourne Storm exacted full toll in a 30-14 result. Pushed passes, poor ball security and ordinary execution repeatedly brought the visitors undone in a frustrating overall performance.


1.Tuimoala Lolohea: Dangerous with the ball in hand – although he made just 72 metres from eight runs – and some handy clean-up work at the back, but Lolohea is still struggling with his timing coming into the backline. 6.5

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2.Jonathan Wright: His best game for the Warriors to date – which isn’t saying a great deal. Pedestrian in attack despite leading the team’s backline with 112 metres from 11 runs, while kicking for his flank was pointless. Opposing winger Marika Koroibete was close to being the best player on the field. 5

22.Konrad Hurrell: The club should dock Hurrell’s airfare from his salary. Clearly underdone fitness-wise, but there’s no excuse for making four errors and attempting unnecessary offloads. Made a dreadful defensive read as Koroibete blazed in for a match-sealing try to cap his worst game in four seasons of first grade. 4

4.Solomone Kata: Limited impact, although he tried hard and made 19 tackles to go with nine runs. Didn’t feed Vatuvei on several occasions when he could and should have. 5.5

5.Manu Vatuvei: Powered over for a trademark try to put the Warriors on the board but was unusually quiet, racking up 97 metres from just eight carries. Three errors capped off a tough fortnight for ‘The Beast’ after a wonderful start to 2015. His punishing try-saver on Billy Slater was a highlight. 6

6.Chad Townsend: Free of the shocking errors that have punctuated his earlier performances, but failed to spark the right-side attack as he had in recent weeks. 5.5

7.Shaun Johnson: The linchpin’s performance was the Warriors’ most positive takeaway from a disappointing loss. Played with confidence and energy, making one sizzling line break and creating plenty of chances while also kicking with purpose. Execution let him down on a couple of occasions, but it was the sort of performance that could kick-start his – and the Warriors’ – 2015 campaign. 7.5

8.Jacob Lillyman: A strong 44-minute contribution, making 14 runs for 123 metres and 20 tackles. 6.5

9.Thomas Leuluai: Looked dangerous on occasion, but a woeful forward pass from dummy-half stained his performance. Not doing enough to justify keeping Nathan Friend on the bench. 5

10.Ben Matulino: Made 27 tackles and a team-high 16 runs for 144 metres along with three offloads, but an ill-advised, low-percentage attempted pass was unfortunately the most memorable moment of Matulino’s 55 minutes. 7

11.Bodene Thompson: Arguably the Warriors’ best player, notching 41 tackles and 11 runs for 89 metres. Ran superbly off Johnson’s shoulder, with only desperate Storm defence keeping him off the scoresheet. 7.5

12.Ryan Hoffman: A big milestone game in his first match back at his old stomping ground...but unfortunately Hoffman didn’t deliver in his 250th appearance. Made just 25 tackles and eight runs for 56 metres in 80 minutes – a low return by his lofty standards. 6

13.Simon Mannering: Mighty in defence with 52 tackles, while he found enough in reserve to cart the ball up 10 times. Gave away two of the Warriors’ three penalties, but it was hard to fault his workhorse display. 7


14.Nathan Friend: Proved in just 17 minutes that he should be starting and be given the lion’s share of the dummy-half duties, scoring a clever try and sharpening the Warriors up around the ruck. They look much better when the veteran is on the paddock. 7

15.Sebastine Ikahihifo: Solid effort in his first top-grade outing of the season, making 17 tackles and seven runs in 31 minutes, while also scooping up a loose ball to score a try. Ben Henry’s long-term injury has given Ikahihifo – who went off the boil in late-2014 – an opportunity to reclaim a regular spot in the Warriors’ 17. 6.5

16.Sam Lisone: Slightly understated compared to previous weeks, but nevertheless solid with 13 tackles and seven carries in 30 minutes on game-time. 6




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