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Warriors Player Ratings Round 7

  • Warriors Player Ratings Round 7

A momentous result slipped through the Warriors’ fingers in Round 7, leading for 74 minutes only to be edged out 28-24 at the death by North Queensland in Townsville. In many ways, it was the Warriors’ most encouraging display of the season – but inexcusable handling errors by the NRL’s most mistake-ridden team brought them undone. Valiantly clinging to an eight-point lead heading into the final 10 minutes, the Warriors were overhauled as Cowboys hooker Jake Granville twice dived over from dummy-half – including for the match-winner with less than two minutes on the clock – to complete a hat-trick.

 

1.Tuimoala Lolohea: Highly involved, but struggled to have the same impact in attack as the previous week against the Tigers, while he dropped a difficult Thurston bomb to gift Lachlan Coote a crucial second half try. 6

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2.Jonathan Wright: Strong game from the enigmatic three-quarter, making 12 runs and diving over for his first try in Warriors colours in a strong all-round performance. Staked a claim for retention when the club’s injured backline contingent returns. 7

3.Konrad Hurrell: Streaked away for the first try of the match and made a long intercept run in the lead-up to Kata’s try as he racked up a game-high 195 metres, but a dismal dropped ball invited the Cowboys back into the game in the 70th minute. 7

4.Solomone Kata: Another eye-catching display from the rookie centre, making three line-breaks and scoring a try but also bombing another chance by dropping the ball on the Cowboys’ line. Tallied 116 metres from 10 runs and will prove hard to dislodge from the starting line-up despite hot competition for spots. 7.5

5.Manu Vatuvei: Work-rate was down (10 runs for 74 metres) but scored a wonderful powerhouse try in the second half to become the greatest non-Australian try-scorer in premiership history. 7

6.Chad Townsend: A kick out on the full and another unforced handling error on the last tackle overshadowed a superb pass to send Kata over. A disappointing outing in what is shaping as Townsend’s breakout year. 5.5

7.Shaun Johnson: Still not as dominant as the Warriors need him to be, but his brilliant assist for Wright’s try indicated the Golden Boot winner is warming up to his best. 7

8.Jacob Lillyman: An uncompromising display from the former Cowboy at his old home ground, notching 35 tackles and 14 runs for 114 metres to send a strong message to the Queensland selectors. 7.5

9.Thomas Leuluai: Shelved his running game but laid on Vatuvei’s try with deft dummy-half play and made 25 tackles in 53 minutes. 6.5

10.Ben Matulino: Led the way once again with 139 metres from a game-high 16 carries and added 23 tackles. 7

11.Bodene Thompson: Reeled off 49 tackles but ran the ball just four times. Thompson adds much-needed stability to the pack, but the Warriors require far more industry in attack from the backrow recruit. 6

12.Ryan Hoffman: His least impressive display since joining the club. Hoffman recorded modest stats of 22 tackles and 10 runs for 73 metres, while also conceding two penalties, coming up with a forward pass and missing four tackles. 5.5

13.Simon Mannering: Cracked the half-century in the tackle count once again and had enough left in the tank to make 10 hit-ups for 75 metres. A marvel. 7.5

 

14.Nathan Friend: Limited impact with the ball in hand, but made a remarkable 28 tackles in 26 minutes of game-time. 6

15.Dominique Peyroux: Given just 11 minutes on the field, producing two runs and 11 tackles. Looked good, however. 5.5

16.Sam Lisone: Massive impact in 28 minutes, making 95 metres from nine runs and 17 tackles. Having a stellar rookie year. 7.5

17.Albert Vete: Just as impressive as Lisone, notching eight hit-ups for 86 metres and 10 tackles in 23 minutes. 7

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