Woeful to middling: How the Warriors rated in Tigers trouncing
Source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/news/111516783/-

2019-03-24 21:19:20

OPINION: After a fairytale start to their 2019 NRL campaign, round two didn't follow the same script for Stephen Kearney and his Warriors.

Here's how the Kiwi club rated in their 34-6 thumping at the hands of the Tigers.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck: 7

The skipper tried about as hard as any Warrior to get some sort of attack going and his positional play at the back was also great.

David Fusitu'a: 4

Like the rest of his side, flying Fusitu'a came crashing back down to earth. He carried out of his own end well but was exposed on defence twice by the Tigers, leading to tries.

Peta Hiku: 5.5

Barely seen on attack, though he did defend well when the Tigers shifted out his way. An error as momentum looked to be building was probably the coach killer of the night.

Solomone Kata: 5

A great effort to get out of his own in-goal in the second half shifted momentum and led to his side's lone try up the other end. But like Fusitu'a he was exposed on defence. Had a couple of handling errors too.

Ken Maumalo: 7.5

Back-to-back weeks where the big winger has been best on ground for his side. He scored the only try and almost bagged another, but for a great try-saver from Kiwis' teammate Esan Masters. But it was again his start to sets that proved most valuable, finishing with a team high 165m - no forward got over 100m.

Adam Keighran: 4

A mixed bag in the first half, followed by a disappearing act in the second, it was a night to forget for the rookie. After a starring debut last week, he looked good in the opening exchanges with ball in hand, but a few poor last tackle decisions took the wind out of his sails.

Blake Green: 6

A first half he'd probably like to forget off the boot. The usually flawless Green put in several average final tackle kicks and failed to threaten at all with ball in hand. He did defend well, particularly on his own line.

Agnatius Paasi: 5

Largely ineffective. Ran hard but the Tigers wrestle controlled him easily - too often putting the big front-rower on his back resulting in slow play of the balls.

Issac Luke: 4

Zero running metres from your starting hooker simply doesn't cut it in 2019. Coming back from injury Luke could be forgiven for being a bit rusty, and playing behind a pack that never got the upper hand, but he needs to be more effective from dummy-half. His passing at least looked crisp.

Bunty Afoa: 5.5

Slightly better than Paasi but still not Afoa's best game in a Warriors jumper by any stretch. He did finish with 32 tackles and 97m, but failed to really bend the line.

Adam Blair: 3

Below his best in round one and worse this go around. Blair was a passenger on Sunday. He gave away penalties on defence and failed to inject any energy running it on that right edge. Kearney would expect more from his veteran.

Tohu Harris: 6.5

Improved on his round one performance, but still not the attacking weapon fans saw in 2018. Harris looks to still be adjusting to life on the left edge, but he did carry well and was a rock defensively.

Lachlan Burr: 5

Failed to build on his stellar debut. Like almost all the other Warriors forwards, Burr couldn't generate any ruck speed, though his effort couldn't be questioned.

Jazz Tevaga: 6.5

One of the better forwards, asked to play minutes at hooker again. The 2018 Dally M interchange player of the year last season injected energy when he came on and got through some tough work defensively also - one of the few managing some effective tackles.

Sam Lisone: 2

One of those flush it and forget it performances. He was poor across the board, giving away several penalties at key moments and found himself on report as a result. His usual bruising carries were rendered ineffective by the Tigers as well. Worst on show.

Leeson Ah Mau: 6

Effective in his stint, the Warriors biggest off-season signing looks to be knocking on the door of a starting gig. In a side that played the better part of 60 minutes on the back foot, Ah Mau did well to get up over the advantage line on a regular basis with some strong carries.

Isaiah Papali'i: 4

In his first game of 2019 (after suspension), the young back-rower was solid on defence during his time on the park. Only managed four carries, for 40m.

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