NRL: Warriors player ratings in crushing home defeat against Newcastle Knights

2019-05-09 09:07:32

OPINION: Back to the drawing board for the Warriors, as they slumped to their fourth straight loss against the Newcastle Knights on Sunday, at Mt Smart stadium.

The fans left early, and they players probably wished they could have as well.

Here's how the Warriors rated in the 36-18 loss:

1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck: 7.5

Typically classy game from the captain but he can't continue to do it alone.

Laid on the final pass for Patrick Herbert's first career try in the first half and backed that up by forcing a goal line drop out of the boot. Threatened with every touch but again was one of the lone attacking weapons for his side.

2. Gerard Beale: 5

Limited opportunities in the first half and it didn't get much better in the second. Solid on attack but a liability under the high ball, out jumped on two occasions in the second 40 - the final time leading to a Knights try.

3. Peta Hiku: 5.5

Looked good with ball in hand throughout. Got up to contest an attacking kick in the first half and tapped it back for Maumalo to score. Wasn't asked many questions on defence but a clean goal-line miss on Sione Mata'utia proved costly.

4. Patrick Herbert: 6

The results haven't come yet but Herbert's dream start to his NRL career continued, scoring his first NRL try. Defensively sound throughout - looks to be a new fan favourite at Mt Smart.

5. Ken Maumalo: 7.5

Newcastle sent plenty of kicks the way of the big winger, Shaun Kenny-Dowall getting the better of him to score the Knights second. A few errors also, but an otherwise productive afternoon.

Maumalo had over 100m at the half, finishing with a game-high 218m and bagged a double along the way.

6. Chanel Harris-Tavita: 6.5

In what shaped as his final first grade game for a while (with the arrival of Kodi Nikorima), the young half put in his best performance since his debut in spite of a poor all-round team effort.

He did lack assertiveness at times however, happy to defer to Green and Luke rather than grab the game by the collar when it was in the balance.

7. Blake Green: 5.5

Controlled the bulk of the play-making duties again and did so effectively - though his last tackle options left a little to be desired. Failed to ignite any decent red-zone assaults.

8. Agnatius Paasi: 7

​Used more in the wider channels in this one, and looked good in the new role. Best forward on ground for the home side.

9. Issac Luke: 4

Caught over chasing on his goal line which led to the Knights first. Was better in his second stint but again failed to really get his running game going.

10. Leeson ah Mau: 5

Solid in the starting role, got his side on the front foot early with some strong carries. Got through decent work but still hasn't hit the form he had before joining the club.

11. Isaiah Papali'i: 6

​Got through a mountain of work defensively, finishing with 48 tackles. Played the full 80 but offered little in the way of attack.

12. Tohu Harris: 6.5

Solid outing from Harris, delivered the final pass for Maumalo's first and was instrumental in his second also. Needs to see more early ball though, a real point of difference on the edge.

13. Lachlan Burr: 6

Looking more and more comfortable in the starting role, but still a bit of a one-trick-pony. Ran hard and was solid on defence, but offered little in the way of footwork or an offload game.

Came off early in the second for an HIA but did return to finish the match.

14. Nate Roach: 5

Added some energy through the middle, but playing behind a pack that was being dominated, he had little opportunity to run.

15. Adam Blair: 3.5

Came on after 25 minutes and got through some good work defensively. But two penalties which led directly to four points for the Knights is inexcusable for a senior player of Blair's calibre.

16. Hayze Perham: (Didn't play long enough to warrant rating)

Thrown into the contest with 10 minutes to play and his side down 10. Just the one touch of the ball.

17. Chris Satae: 3

​Stats don't tell the whole story, but four hit-ups for 30m is not a great look for Satae. The Warriors needed more from the big man.

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