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Warriors Round 10 Ratings

  • Warriors Round 10 Ratings
  • Warriors Round 10 Ratings

The Warriors got out of jail for the second week in a row, but the 17-13 golden point triumph over Parramatta was several shades more noble than the Round 9 cliff-hanger against Cronulla after losing key representative stars Ryan Hoffman and Thomas Leuluai to injury during the first half. The Eels reeled in the 12-0 halftime deficit and seemed certain to overrun the shorthanded visitors, but they hung tough before Chad Townsend and Eels halfback Luke Kelly traded field goals inside the final five minutes. Bodene Thompson produced a memorable – and rare – golden point try to seal the Warriors’ first back-to-back wins in Sydney since the 2003 finals series.

 

1.Tuimoala Lolohea: Busy and robust on both sides of the ball, the youngster made 16 runs for 106 metres and came up with a superb tackle to narrowly deny Semi Radradra a crucial try – his third try-saving cover tackle in as many outings. 7.5 

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2.Jonathan Wright: Made 134 metres from a game-high 20 runs, but bombed a try late in the first half and gifted another to Anthony Watmough just after the break by dropping a regulation high ball, before watching opposite Semi Radradra blaze over minutes later. Radradra roared past Wright again prior to Lolohea’s try-saving heroics. His grubber to set up Johnson’s try was a highlight in an eventful individual performance. 5.5

3.Dominique Peyroux: The Warriors’ Mr. Fix-it racked up 27 tackles and nine runs for 93 metres in a tradesmanlike display in the centres. 6.5

4.Solomone Kata: Firmed as a Dally M Rookie of the Year contender with a stellar performance. The only three-quarter line member remaining from Round 1, Kata’s blistering 30-metre try was vital to the win while he made 143 metres from 14 runs in an intriguing duel with Will Hopoate. 8

21.Ken Maumalo: Received few opportunities in open play and couldn’t replicate the impact of the man he replaced, Manu Vatuvei, but was highly involved with 14 carries for 99 metres and was sound defensively. 7

6.Chad Townsend: Quiet on the running front (three runs for 25 metres) and made a couple of errors, but fired a superb long ball in the lead-up to Kata’s try and snapped a well-taken field goal. 6.5

7.Shaun Johnson: Pure genius combining with Wright to score a hot-stepping try, while he would have had a try assist to his name if it wasn’t for Wright’s Teflon handling. Managed the game well under difficult circumstances and was outstanding in defence. 8

8.Jacob Lillyman: ‘Bull’ got through a mountain of work in playing more minutes than he is accustomed, making 34 tackles and 19 runs for 134 metres in 58 minutes. Should be enough to retain a spot in the Queensland Origin side. 7.5

9.Thomas Leuluai: A superb start to the game was cruelled by a season-ending knee injury after 24 minutes – a tragic blow for player and club. 6

10.Ben Matulino: The Kiwi Test star ran for 144 metres in 19 carries and produced five offloads in another dynamic display. 7

11.Bodene Thompson: Aside from his outstanding golden point match-winner, Thompson racked up 37 tackles and 105 metres from 11 runs. 7

12.Ryan Hoffman: Knocked cold in just the third minute. 4

13.Simon Mannering: Led the Warriors in tackles (51) and metres gained (150) – a brilliant effort from the skipper. 8

 

14.Nathan Friend: Solid performance in 61 minutes of game-time, making 38 tackles and five dummy-half runs. Set to take on a vital role in the Warriors’ campaign after Leuluai’s long-term injury. 6.5

15.Sione Lousi: Chalked up 66 minutes for the injury-hit side in his first top-grade outing of the season, making 27 tackles but just six runs. 6

16.Sam Lisone: Another rugged display from the rookie, reeling off 27 tackles and seven hit-ups in 41 minutes. 6.5

17.Albert Vete: Made 20 tackles and featured prominently with the ball in hand, running for 114 metres in 11 carries. 7

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