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Warriors Round 9 Player Ratings

  • Warriors Round 9 Player Ratings

It had all the hallmarks of lamentable Warriors loss on the road, but two pieces of Shaun Johnson inspiration inside the final seven minutes secured the side’s first win over Cronulla at Remondis Stadium since 2010. The Warriors scored two tries to one during the first 40 minutes but the scores were locked 8-all at halftime, and 10-all heading into the latter stages of a scrappy, penalty-riddled encounter. Johnson’s stunning assist for Kata to score in the 73rd minute and a dazzling solo effort with less than 90 seconds on the clock – either side of a powerhouse try to Andrew Fifita that looked to have stolen the win for Cronulla – sealed the Warriors’ much-needed fourth win of the season.

 

1.Tuimoala Lolohea: Struggled again to latch onto Johnson’s passes when chiming into the backline and ran for a measly 59 metres, but threw a brilliant long ball to send Wright in for the Warriors’ first try and was safe at the back. 6.5

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2.Jonathan Wright: Bagged his third try in as many games and notched 85 metres in 10 runs in a stock-standard display. 6.5

3.Konrad Hurrell: Starved of quality ball throughout, Hurrell’s best run of the night resulted in a broken jaw for Anthony Tupou and a likely stint on the sidelines for the Warriors centre thanks to an ill-timed knee lift. 6

4.Solomone Kata: Duffed a try in the 66th minute but latched onto Johnson’s kick to finish a spectacular four-pointer seven minutes later. Relatively quiet with the ball after a barnstorming performance for Tonga a week earlier. 6

5.Manu Vatuvei: Great finish to score his seventh try of the season – captapulting him into the top 15 of all time – but left the field during the second half due to a sternum injury. 7

6.Chad Townsend: Ran the ball well and fired a cut-out pass in the lead-up to Vatuvei’s vital try, but lacked some of the spark he has shown at times in 2015. 6.5

7.Shaun Johnson: Far from a vintage 80 minutes – multiple passes went to ground, a kick went out on the full and the direction he provided in the Test was generally lacking – but the try he set up for Kata and then his solo match-winner in the 79th minute were simply spellbinding. A freakish flurry of genius that could be the launching pad for his season. 7

8.Jacob Lillyman: A timely reminder for the Queensland selectors, chalking up 29 tackles and 112 metres from 12 hit-ups in a quality 46 minutes. 7

9.Thomas Leuluai: Somewhat flat in attack after a sparkling display for the Kiwis, Leuluai made a season-high 36 tackles and had a key hand in Vatuvei’s try. 7

10.Ben Matulino: Slightly down production-wise on his stellar efforts to date, making 24 tackles and 107 metres from 12 carries. Popped three offloads, however, in a solid outing. 7

11.Bodene Thompson: Willing on both sides of the ball, Thompson finished with 40 tackles and 98 metres from 11 runs in a strong 80-minute showing. 7

12.Ryan Hoffman: Hardworking as ever with 27 tackles and a team-high 137 metres from 12 runs, but the highlight was his charge-down, regather and run up-field that effectively set up the winning play. 8

13.Simon Mannering: Magnificent again, leading the count with 47 tackles (no misses) and tallying 115 metres from a team-high 15 runs, along with four offloads. 7.5

 

14.Nathan Friend: Given just 19 minutes on the park, the veteran had a limited impact; the Issac Luke signing news rendered it a tricky week for the hooker. 5.5

15.Dominique Peyroux: Pitched into the fray after Vatuvei departed, Samoa hero Peyroux plugged a gap at centre but did not make much of an impression. 5

16.Sam Lisone: Made 13 tackles and nine runs for 63 metres in 30 minutes of game-time, and was eager to mix it up with the tough Sharks pack. 6.5

18.Albert Vete: Justified his late call-up by powering through 10 runs for 93 metres and 13 tackles in 35 minutes on the paddock. 7

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