How the Warriors rated in their first hit-out of 2019

2019-03-16 08:04:23

OPINION: On an emotional evening at Mt Smart Stadium, here's how the Warriors rated in their 40-6 romping of the Bulldogs:

1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck: 8

The captain put in an effort befitting a Dally M Medallist. He scored the opening try of the second half with some trademark stepping and set up Kata's second also. At the back, he defused every kick that came his way.

2 David Fusitu'a: 7.5

​Fusitu'a was in a mood for setting up tries rather than scoring them on Saturday, tapping a ball back to his new centre partner Kata to score before laying on a breakaway try for Nate Roache. The Tongan international was strong coming out of his own end as well.

3 Peta Hiku: 7

New side of the field but it was a solid outing from Hiku. He made a good one-on-one stop on the goal-line in the first half and linked well with Ken Maumalo throughout. He had his hard work rewarded with a try in the second half as well.

4 Solomone Kata: 8

After an error early error, Kata bounced back to put in one of his better games in recent memory. A double in his right edge debut and, despite allowing one try down his side, for the most part his new combination with Fusitu'a looked effortless.

5 Ken Maumalo: 9

​It took only 15 minutes for big Ken to stamp his mark on the game, pouncing on a perfectly-weighted kick from Blake Green to score the opening try of the match. He was best on ground and finished with a game high 240m.

6 Adam Keighran​: 7.5

All eyes were on the man tasked with filling Shaun Johnson's golden boots and, in his NRL debut, Keighran did not disappoint.

The former Penrith No 6 was solid early before ghosting his way through the defence to score a brilliant solo try right before halftime and bring the Mt Smart faithful to their feet.

He showed off his highly-touted kicking game throughout and was near perfect from the tee also, hitting 6/7. He set up Hiku's try with a sneaky short-side run.

7 Blake Green: 7

In the absence of Johnson and with a rookie halves partner, Green had to step up and he did. The former Storm pivot controlled the match from the jump, and finished with a try-assist and more than 450 kicking metres.

8 Agnatius Paasi: 6.5

​Looks to be getting better with every match, it was another solid game from the former Gold Coast Titan. Ran hard throughout and had some massive collisions with Dylan Napa.

9 Nathaniel Roache: 7

​In his first NRL game back from a lengthy injury lay-off, Roache looked quick out of dummy-half and had his effort rewarded with a great try off the back of a Fusitu'a break. He got through 25 tackles and 60 running metres in his 50-minute spell.

10 Bunty Afoa: 7.5

​Promoted to the starting side and made the most of his opportunity. The hardest runner on the park and brought the 18,795 crowd to their feet at kick-return time.

11 Adam Blair: 6

A quiet night for the veteran in his new role on the right edge. He finished with 26 tackles and 70m.

12 Tohu Harris: 6.5

Similar to Blair, Harris was kept in check for most of the contest in his new spot on the left, but looked good when given space.

13 Lachlan Burr: 7

A bruising first spell from the new recruit, with some tough runs punctuated by some ever tougher defence in the middle. He made Napa miss several times with some late footwork. A solid Warriors' debut with over 120m and plenty of defence.


14 Jazz Tevaga: 6

​Showed why he was the Dally M interchange player of the year in 2018, coming on after 25 minutes and injecting energy straight away. Filled in some minutes at hooker while Roache had a spell.

15 Sam Lisone: 6.5

​Brought plenty of energy when he came off the bench, and turned ball-player on several set moves close to the goal-line.

16 Leeson Ah Mau: 7

The big off-season signing from the Dragons came on after 20 minutes and put in a solid performance, easily notching 120m from his 12 carries.

17 Blake Ayshford: Did not play long enough to be rated.

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