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Player ratings: Rd 5 Warriors v Dragons

Player ratings: Rd 5 Warriors v Dragons

The Warriors left it until the final two minutes to score the match-winning try against the Gold Coast Titans in a 28-22 victory in Round 5. We look at how each of the players performed in the come-from-behind result at Mount Smart Stadium.

1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

Had a quiet first half but came to life in the second, scoring a good try directly off a scrum. Had over 200 running metres by full-time and a try assist. 8/10

2 Blake Ayshford

Bad miss on Dale Copley’s try and had a couple of other dodgy moments in defence. Worked hard though and improved in the second period. 5.5

3 David Fusitu’a

Finished his try nicely and was effective coming out of yardage. Played primarily on the wing with Ayshford at centre. 6.5

4 Solomone Kata

Well below his usual standards once again. Made a few uncharacteristic errors and didn’t have much impact on the ball. 5

5 Ken Maumalo

Arguably his best game of 2017 simply because he didn’t commit unforced errors. Nice and busy as usual with 13 carries for 129 metres. 6.5

6 Kieran Foran

After almost a full year out of the NRL you couldn’t have asked for much more from Foran. Organised play well on both sides of the ball, ran for 123 metres, broke the line twice and scored a crucial try. 7.5

7 Shaun Johnson

Played his best match of the year, going to another level with Foran next to him. Johnson summed up play well with the pass for Ryan Hoffman’s match-winner and directed his side confidently in the closing minutes. Good support play to score the opening try. 7.5

15 James Gavet

He was good off the bench last week and arguably even better as a starter in Round 5. Pushed through for 105 metres and made a nuisance of himself, which is exactly what the Warriors need from their props right now. 7

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James Gavet attracting some attention. Credit: photosport.nz

9 Issac Luke

He finally had a dominant forward pack to play behind, and as a result we saw some running and quality play with time on the ball. Dangerous when taking the ball to the line, Luke also came up with some big tackles and defensive plays late on. 7.5

10 Jacob Lillyman

Didn’t have to get through too much work in defence, but more than compensated in attack where he carried the footy for 169 metres in 48 minutes on the park. Along with Gavet he set a nice tone early. 7.5

11 Bodene Thompson

Only played the first half before being pulled as a precaution due to aggravated Achilles tendonitis. 4

12 Ryan Hoffman

Reliable down the left edge, playing the full 80 minutes with big numbers in attack and defence. Kept his head and finished the winning play nicely. 7

13 Simon Mannering

Played through a niggling neck injury. Well below his best and didn’t add a great deal. 6.5


8 Charlie Gubb

Brought some energy with him when he came on, hunting in defence and carrying the ball back with some punch. Played the role asked of him. 6

16 Sam Lisone

Really effective from the pine, playing arguably his best game since last year. Carried 17 times for almost 150 metres. 6.5

17 Ligi Sao

Played a much bigger role in his second NRL match of the year, spending almost 40 minutes on the park. Fairly reliable showing. 6

21 Ata Hingano

Didn’t take the field. N/A

(Main photo: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck goes over for a try. Credit: photosport.nz).