Warriors player ratings in NRL loss to Cowboys
Source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/news/112174186/-

2019-04-20 21:59:05

OPINION: The alarm bells have started to sound on the Warriors 2019 season, after Saturday's loss to the North Queensland Cowboys, from Mt Smart Stadium.

Here's how they rated in the 17-10 loss.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck: 7.5

Even in defeat, the captain stood out.

He had a highlight reel moment last year against the Cowboys, but his latest solo effort might have topped even that. An uncharacteristic error however gave the Cowboys good field position, from which the scored the eventual match-winner.

Dangerous throughout, best on ground for the home side.

David Fusitu'a: 6.5

Again failed to score a try, but Fusitu'a was solid none the less. Ran hard and drew a few penalties, but a rib injury late forced him from the field late.

Solomone Kata: 4

He has copped plenty of criticism in recent weeks, and that will likely continue. Not Kata's best performance, though on attack at least, it was an improved one on last week.

Gerard Beale: 6

His second game of the season and didn't look out of place. Set up Maumalo's try and was strong with ball in hand.

Ken Maumalo: 6

Big night again in terms of metres gained, finishing with 162m. Scored the opener with a good show of speed.

Peta Hiku: 5.5

Back-to-back games being thrown in the halves late, Hiku can be forgiven for struggling. Looked good early on but drifted out of the game.

Chanel Harris-Tavita: 6

In the absence of Blake Green the rookie was solid, but again a hit-and-miss night off the boot put his side under pressure. looked good when he took the line on, and stood up on defence.

Agnatius Paasi: 5

Thriving in the starting role, but still doesn't have a great deal of tools in his kit. Ran hard, can't ask for much more - though it would be nice to see Paasi develop an offload or some late footwork.

Issac Luke: 6.5

Needed to step up with Green out and did so in the first half - he was a menace around the ruck early on. But a tactical call from Kearney to then keep his starting hooker off until the 75th minute limited his impact.

Leeson Ah Mau: 7

Looks a lot more comfortable starting than coming off the bench, as he was to start the season. Solid game, finished with 85m metres and 30 tackles.

Adam Blair: 2

He's had better nights the veteran. Dropped one cold with the line begging in the first half and then got his line wrong to denny Fusitu'a. The second half didn't get much better.

Tohu Harris: 6

Good, but far from his dangerous best. Helped shield young Harris-Tavita on defence well. Shifted to centre late.

Lachlan Burr: 7.5

His best game in a Warriors jumper. Made a good line break in the first 40 but fell for a Jake Clifford dummy leading to the Cowboys' first try. Monster numbers, finishing with 120m and 44 tackles.

Jazz Tevaga: 6.5

Good impact off the bench but lacked his usual sting in defence. Created some good second phase opportunities, however, and topped the total tackle count with 46.

Nate Roache: 6.5

Looked sharp in his first game back from injury. Ran well and his passing was crisp from dummy-half.

Isaiah Papali'i: 5

Got through plenty of work when he came on after 20, but provided little in the way of genuine energy or impact.

Bunty Afoa: 6

Came on after 20 minutes and had an immediate impact. His trademark charges off kick-offs provided some first half spark.

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