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Player ratings: Rd 4 Dragons v Warriors

Player ratings: Rd 4 Dragons v Warriors
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On a day which started with the loss of returning star Kieran Foran to a hamstring injury during warm-up, the Warriors were downed 26-12 by the Dragons, with handling errors their major downfall. Here’s how we thought each of the 17 Warriors performed on Sunday night at UOW Jubilee Oval

1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

Tried his hardest and had some nice plays on the ball as well as 200 running metres. But like most of his teammates, his execution was off for the most part. 6.5/10

3 David Fusitu’a

Useful coming out of yardage, but you miss a lot of what makes Fusitu’a so lethal when you have to move him to the wing. 5.5

21 Blake Ayshford

Struggled to fit in on attack, and a couple of promising movements ended with mistakes from Ayshford. Considering the circumstances of his inclusion, in from 18th man to replace Foran minutes before kick-off, it’s hardly surprising. 4

4 Solomone Kata

Summed up play well for Maumalo’s try, but committed far too many errors across the 80 minutes. Right now he is a shadow of the player who toured with the Kiwis at the end of 2016. 5

5 Ken Maumalo

Had a drop on first touch of the ball under a bomb, which led to the Dragons’ first points, and had a number of other errors. His involvement carrying the ball was excellent, but right now this guy makes mistakes which cost you points. Did finish his try nicely in tight space. 5

2 Tuimoala Lolohea

Struggled to get involved and when he did he took some poor options, in particular a grubber for himself in the second half with tackles to spare close to the line. You can’t expect him to play any position to the best of his ability when he is constantly moved around. 4.5

7 Shaun Johnson

Took it upon himself to try and spark the Warriors with some threatening individual runs, but was often let down by his support players, or lack thereof. Threw a nice cut-out pass for Maumalo’s try. With 122 metres to his name, talk of him not running the ball enough is a little silly. 6

15 Charlie Gubb

Averaged 10 metres on six carries. Nothing spectacular but was accurate defensively. 5

9 Issac Luke

Handled plenty of defence and battled over for a determined try, but the Warriors need more from a player of Luke’s experience and ability. 5

Issac Luke, Issac Luke Dragons
Issac Luke made 35 tackles and scored the Warriors’ first try. Credit: photosport.nz

10 Jacob Lillyman

Once again a shining light in the pack, with 151 metres from 13 carries of the footy. Lillyman got his job done regardless of other circumstances. 7

11 Bodene Thompson

A beast off the ball with 50 tackles. Not much to show for in attack. 6

12 Ryan Hoffman

Kept busy down his edge with more than 100 running metres. Reliable in most areas of the game. 5.5

13 Simon Mannering

He was still one of the Warriors’ best on the park, but this was one of the worst games he has played in a while. Went off early before coming back on and may have been playing injured. Missed key defensive assignments for Paul Vaughan and Josh Dugan’s first-half tries. Still finished with some big numbers though. 6.5

Interchange:

16 Sam Lisone

Struggled to add much from the pine. 5

17 Bunty Afoa

Only played 26 minutes and didn’t get the chance to stand out. 4

18 James Gavet

A breathe of fresh air for a propping chore which, Lillyman aside, has lacked impact this year. In his first NRL game of the year Gavet brought enthusiasm, aggression and over 100 metres from the bench. 6

20 Ligi Sao

Played a minimal role with 15 minutes on the park. 3

(Main photo: Solomone Kata. Credit: photosport.nz).