NRL: Warriors player ratings for 30-10 thumping of Panthers

2019-06-07 16:29:37

The Warriors have recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season, beating the Panthers 30-10 on Friday night.

Here's how they rated in the victory over Penrith:

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c) 7.5

Consistently one of the best on ground and he was brilliant again against the Panthers. They didn't opt for the tactic used in recent weeks by other sides, of kicking the ball out to avoid the skipper getting his hands on it and as such, he was everywhere.

Had a hand in Herbert and Nikorima's tries and finished with 153 running metres.

David Fusitu'a 6.5

Still not 100 per cent physically since his rib injury two weeks ago. But Fusitu'a was powerful bringing the ball out of his own end and stood up defensively as well.

Not a lot of involvement on attack, with the ball heading left more often than right.

Peta Hiku 6.5

Finally settled in his preferred position of centre and aside from a few errors, a solid game against one of his former sides.

The last time Hiku played the Panthers in Penrith he was hooked before fulltime for a woeful defensive display, but he was much better in that department on Friday - though did leave the field with a suspected concussion.

Patrick Herbert 7

Herbert must be thinking this NRL thing is easy, crossing for another try in game number four.

He was giving it to the Panthers early with some scything runs and broke seven tackles. Went quiet in the second half but a solid game from the rookie.

Ken Maumalo 7.5

One of the NRL's biggest metre eaters was at it again against Penrith. He ran for a game-high 160m and started the sets brilliantly for the visitors.

Every time the Panthers looked like gaining some momentum Maumalo would put them on the back foot with a powerful charge. His impact was lessened somewhat in the second half after a knock to the hip.

Blake Green 5.5

Poor last week, by his standards and not a whole lot better in this one. He did control the game well and gave his outside men good ball early but his last tackle options again left a lot to be desired. Defence was solid.

Kodi Nikorima 7

Second game as a Warrior and gave the fans his first highlight reel moment. A great try with some crafty footwork, he was a danger throughout with ball in hand.

Would still like to see him take on some of the kicking duties, but that will come with time.

Agnatius Paasi 8

He's becoming a try-scoring machine. Great solo four-pointer, carrying men over the line and was powerful throughout as he ran for 114m. Best forward on ground.

Issac Luke 7

Given the start with Nate Roache ruled out late and did not disappoint. Back to his running best, and was a real difference maker in the opening stage. Only played 40 minutes but scored a good solo try.

Leeson Ah Mau 6

Yet to really hit the form that saw him become a leader in a star-studded Dragons pack, but another solid game by Ah Mau. His first stints have been good in back-to-back weeks and that's what you want out of the starting props.

Isaiah Papali'i 7.5

Looks back to the form that last year saw him earn a Kiwis call up. Papali'i was a rock against the Panthers defensively.

A massive shot on the Penrith fullback forced a crucial error in the second half and he finished with 36 tackles - though does need to up his output on attack.

Tohu Harris 5

Not a huge impact on this one. Needs as much early ball as possible to be truly effective. Only nine hit-ups but looks to be forming a nice combination with Nikorima, which was encouraging.

Lachlan Burr 6.5

Another solid game from the former Bulldog and Titan as he topped the tackle count with 37.  He's become quite the find for Stephen Kearney this year.

Jazz Tevaga 8

Came on late in the first half and again brought plenty of energy. Penrith had no answer for Tevaga's footwork and on defence he pulled off a brilliant try-saver one-on-one.

With another 120m game and 28 tackles off the bench, the 2018 Dally M interchange player of the year could be eyeing back-to-back awards.

Bunty Afoa 6.5

​Looks better suited to the impact role rather than the starting gig - and that's not a bad thing. Off the bench Afoa brings real energy just as Paasi and Ah Mau are slowing down. The Panthers will be feeling some of his charges this morning.

Karl Lawton 6

He was best on ground last week so it was always going to be hard for Lawton to back that up, but he was good on Friday. Came on late in the first half and got through 47 minutes.

He caused Penrith all sorts of headaches around the ruck just with the threat of his running game and passed well from the base too. Not the highlight reel match like we saw last week but enough to earn Lawton another crack at NRL level.

Ligi Sao 5

Good, without being great. Sao was solid in his limited minutes, finishing with 60m but just nine tackles.

He did not trouble the Penrith defence with any footwork the same way he did last week, and a performance like that could be all Kearney needed to throw Adam Blair an NRL lifeline at Sao's expense.

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