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Warriors Player Ratings Round 6

  • Warriors Player Ratings Round 6

The Warriors saluted in Manu Vatuvei’s 200th match, but their 32-22 victory over Wests Tigers was not without the customary nervous moments as they repeatedly let the visitors back into the contest. Leading 20-6 after a four-try blitz, the Warriors’ lead advantage been sliced to two points in the 51st minute. But the hosts managed to keep the plucky Tigers at arm’s length to snap their two-match losing streak and grab an equal share of fifth spot, while ‘The Beast’ bagged a double on a great night at Mt Smart Stadium. .   

 

1.Tuimoala Lolohea: The best outing yet in a fine season to date from the boom utility back. Lolohea backed up to finish off a sizzling try and ran dangerously all night, racking up 135 metres in a faultless display. 8

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2.Jonathan Wright: Finally some value from the erratic three-quarter recruit, making a line-break amongst 13 runs for 139 metres. When he eliminates the errors and brain explosions, Wright can be handy ball-runner. 7

3.Konrad Hurrell: Ran powerfully in the first half, setting up Lolohea’s try with a barnstorming charge as he finished with 142 metres from 12 carries. But giving away a penalty while in possession and getting palmed off by Tim Simona blighted his second half performance. Light years ahead of his comeback effort in Melbourne, however. 7

4.Solomone Kata: Hard to handle once again, making a line-break and producing a clever pass for Vatuvei’s vital second touchdown among 12 runs for 141 metres. Came up with one unforced handling error, which the rookie seems to produce each week. 7

5.Manu Vatuvei: A big and emotional night for ‘The Beast’ – and he responded superbly, scoring two trademark tries at crucial junctures. It wasn’t a perfect performance by any means, with two ordinary handling errors hurting his side’s momentum early in the second stanza, but very good nonetheless. 7.5

6.Chad Townsend: Continues to put his stamp on the No.6 jumper, scoring a superb solo try and regularly taking control in attack. Excellent kicking game and always looking to create. 8

7.Shaun Johnson: Warming up nicely, scoring a try and making two line-breaks thanks to his peerless speed and evasion, while also setting up his supports with far more precision and purpose. His knockers have come out of the woodwork in increasing numbers, but this performance put them back in their box. 8

8.Jacob Lillyman: Led the way magnificently, always looking to take the tough hit-up – finishing with 135 metres from 16 carries – and chalking up 32 tackles in 47 minutes. 8

9.Thomas Leuluai: Justified his starting spot with a dazzling performance, making 26 tackles (no misses) and threatening every time he ran the ball. A big improvement from the veteran utility. 7.5

10.Ben Matulino: The shock Dally M leader (with Aaron Woods) after Round 5, Matulino’s hot form continued with 33 tackles, three offloads and 17 runs for a team-high 145 metres. 8

11.Bodene Thompson: Non-stop effort with 32 tackles and 13 runs for 107 metres without a break, but could do with learning to pass if the right-edge attack is to fully realise its potential. 7

12.Ryan Hoffman: Led the way with 18 runs, making 133 metres, and continues to revel in his left-side combination with Townsend. Came up with just 17 tackles. 7

13.Simon Mannering: Mammoth defensive effort with 49 tackles, while also finding enough energy for nine hit-ups. 7

 

14.Nathan Friend: Only received 16 minutes but notched 11 tackles and three incisive dummy-half runs. Itching for more game-time, but remains an ace up the Warriors’ sleeve. 6.5

15.Sam Lisone: High involvement and impact with 12 tackles and eight runs in 25 minutes on the paddock. 7

16.Albert Vete: Like Lisone, made big waves during 23 minutes of game-time, busting the line in the lead-up to Johnson’s try and finishing with 11 tackles and five carries. 7

17.Dominique Peyroux: Came on for just 14 minutes but was very good, bringing energy and great footwork as he racked up nine tackles and five runs. A great asset off the bench in the absence of Ben Henry, particularly with his ability to play centre. 6.5

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