NRL: How the Warriors rated in their bounceback win over the Titans
Source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/news/111842050/-

2019-04-05 10:30:33

The Warriors are back in the win column after an impressive 26-10 win over the Gold Coast Titans – here's how they rated on Friday night.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck: 8.5

Kicked out on the full to start the match, but a massive try-saver on a flying Anthony Don 20 minutes later was a tone setter.

A try-assist and a brilliant solo effort in the second half capped off a typically strong game from the skipper, on both sides of the ball.

David Fusitu'a: 8

Finally the NRL's leading try-scorer from last season bags himself a meat pie in 2019. Fusitu'a carried powerfully and was asked plenty of questions on defence, proving up to the task on every occasion.

A monster night running the ball, some massive collisions in his 145m effort.

Peta Hiku: 8.5

Great game, scored the first try of the match off a beautiful pass from Blake Green and had over 100m in the first half alone – finishing with 165m.

Solomone Kata: 7

An early forward pass put his side under pressure, but he bounced back with some strong running and excellent edge defence.

Ken Maumalo: 6

Typical game from big Ken. Tough runs out of his own end, but less involvement than he's enjoyed across the first three weeks. A poor read in defence led to a Titans try.

Chanel Harris-Tavita: 7

Couldn't have asked for much more from the local junior.

The spotlight was always going to be on the 20-year-old debutant and in his first game at NRL level, Harris-Tavita impressed.

He wasn't asked to do a great deal on attack but executed when the ball did come his way. Wasn't afraid to run or get his body in front of a few charging Titans' forwards. Thrown the kicking tee on debut too, and struck them well.

Blake Green: 9.5

Just what the doctor ordered – a masterclass from Green.

Had to again take on the bulk of the play making responsibilities, with a pure rookie as his halves partner, and did so effectively. Laid on the Warriors first with a beautiful out ball to Hike and took all the pressure off Harris-Tavita throughout.

Had the ball on a string off the boot all night.

Agnatius Paasi: 6

Solid, without being great. Ran hard but lacked sting in defence. Managed over 100m.

Karl Lawton: 7

In his first game of the season, against his former club, Lawton got through a mountain of work during his first stint - 20 tackles and missing just the one. He engaged the line well out of dummy half too and almost broke the Titans late with a well-timed dart.

Leeson Ah Mau: 8

Really strong game, after being promoted to the starting side this week. Finished with just under 100m and 25 tackles.

Isaiah Papali'i: 7

Close to best on show in the first 40. Carried well and was punishing on defence. Had a quieter second half, but still finished with 38 tackles.

Tohu Harris: 7.5

Solid, and helped take the pressure off young Harris-Tavita defensively. His best game of the year and scored a good solo try off of a Harris-Tavita pass late in the second.

Lachlan Burr: 6.5

Second start as a Warrior and got through plenty of work. Showed off his good late footwork to avoid some big shots.

Interchange:

Jazz Tevaga: 7

Asked to play dummy-half again this week and did so effectively. His best minutes came in the second 40 however, when he shifted back into lock. Ran well.

​Bunty Afoa: 8

Almost deserves a 10/10 for some of those charges off kick returns. Massive game from Afoa, injected real energy when he came on. He failed an HIA however, and was unable to return in the second half.

Adam Blair: 6

After some lacklustre performances to start the year, Blair bounced back with a good showing against the Titans. Could find himself coming off the bench more often, as it seems to be a role that suits him.

Ligi Sao: Did not play long enough (six minutes) to warrant a rating.

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