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Warriors Round 12 Player Ratings

  • Warriors Round 12 Player Ratings

The Warriors made hard work of it yet again, but it was nevertheless another valuable two points on Sunday afternoon against an under-strength Newcastle side, prevailing 24-20 despite seeming set to run away with the contest on several occasions. Leads of 10-0, 14-4, 20-8 and 24-14 were reeled in by the plucky Knights who fielded former Warrior Carlos Tuimavave in his first NRL appearance for the Novocastrians in what was ultimately a genuine nail-biter. It was the Warriors' fifth straight match to be decided by four points, but the positive result saw them maintain a share of fifth spot with the Roosters and next week's opponents the Rabbitohs just four points off the competition lead.

1.Sam Tomkins: Very tentative return for the Wigan-bound fullback, but came up with some handy clean-up plays at the back. Will be better for the run and the Warriors will be better for having him at full capacity. 5.5

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2.Jonathan Wright: Solid performance from the erratic journeyman, making 24 tackles while defending mostly at centre and still coming up with 10 runs for 71 metres and latching onto a Shaun Johnson kick for a critical try. 7

3.Tuimoala Lolohea: Defended on the wing and played centre in attack, finishing off the Warriors' first try and notching 141 metres from 14 carries. His versatility is a boon for the squad. 7.5

4.Solomone Kata: A brilliant 30-metre solo try from a penalty restart was the highlight of a performance that included nine runs for 108 metres. 7

5.Manu Vatuvei: Started superbly with a number of strong runs and a trademark aerial try. Tapered off in the middle stages and made an unforced error, but finished strongly to tally a team-high 15 runs and 161 metres. 7

6.Chad Townsend: Produced the kick for Vatuvei's try, took the line on and made 24 tackles. Solid without standing out. 6

7.Shaun Johnson: Still short of the 80-minute master-class he produced in the Test, but it's safe to say the Warriors would have lost all of their last three games had it not been for his game-breaking class. Magnificent break in the lead-up to Lolohea's try and an equally brilliant kick for Wright to score, while his control in general play is getting better by the week. Johnson is tracking nicely. 8

8.Jacob Lillyman: Big effort backing up from Origin, making 27 tackles and 14 runs for 127 metres. So reliable. 7

14.Siliva Havili: Thrust into the starting side, the Kiwi international received only 29 minutes, making 12 tackles and a line-break. 6

10.Ben Matulino: The output was down from the Warriors' front-row leader, making 25 tackles and 13 runs for 104 metres and just one offload in 50 minutes, although he did score a try. Did his job without starring. 7

11.Bodene Thompson: Slick pass to send Johnson into space in the lead-up to Lolohea's try and was the standout of the backrowers with 42 tackles, a line-break and 13 runs for 123 metres. 8

12.Ryan Hoffman: Played 80 minutes for the second time in the space of four days, making 21 tackles and 11 runs for 87 metres. 6.5

13.Simon Mannering: Led the way defensively yet again with 49 tackles and was always there to take the tough run, notching 85 metres from 10 carries. 7.5

9.Nathan Friend: Played 51 minutes off the bench after being named to start, racking up 31 tackles but running the ball just once. Will want to do better if he is to keep livewire Havili at bay. 6

15.Sebastine Ikahihifo: Has barely spent any time in the Warriors' first grade line-up this season and played like it. Hard to justify his selection ahead of Sione Lousi, Dominique Peyroux or Raymond Faitala-Mariner. 5

16.Sam Lisone: Another strong effort from the rookie, tallying 11 tackles and eight strong runs for 86 metres. 6.5

17.Albert Vete: Ditto from fellow newcomer Vete, who is also making it hard for Suaia Matagi, Sam Rapira and Charlie Gubb to grab a first grade opportunity. Made 10 tackles and nine hit-ups for 67 metres. 6.5

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