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Player ratings: Warriors v Titans pre-season

Player ratings: Warriors v Titans pre-season
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The Warriors ran over the top of the Titans 26-6 on February 19. Here’s how each of the players performed for the Kiwi club.

1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

Got involved in the ball-playing , laying on Isaiah Papalii’s try with a crisp flat ball at the line. Defensively he covered his kicks well and overall he looks in arguably better shape and form than at the start of last year. 8.5/10

2. Tuimoala Lolohea

Finished his try beautifully with some nice footwork and featured plenty coming out of yardage. We all know Lolohea is wasted on the wing, but he’s going to do a mighty fine job there in 2017. 7.5

3. David Fusitu’a

Is a real chance of snaring the right centre spot ahead of Blake Ayshford, doing an excellent job in attack which included scoring a try. A classy addition to the backline. 7.5

4. Solomone Kata

Didn’t pop up as much as you would like and had a couple of bad handling errors, one of which probably cost the Warriors a try. 5

5. Ken Maumalo

We know he has plenty of power, but on the weekend we saw some of his footwork as well, and big Ken chewed through the metres thanks to a couple of big runs. He needs to work on his turn and chase on kicks though, very nearly finding himself in the sin bin early in the match for a tackle off the ball. 6.5

Ken Maumalo, Manu Vatuvei, Warriors, Papatoetoe Panthers, Mangere East Hawks
Could Ken Maumalo challenge Manu Vatuvei for the left wing spot? Credit: photosport.nz

6. Ata Hingano

Displayed a nice short kicking game to force a repeat set early in the match, and overall was a steady influence who linked well with his halves partner. Little doubt now that Hingano will be the No.6 to start the season. 7

7. Shaun Johnson

Played most of the match and looked lively in attack. Didn’t do much wrong in a solid day at the office. 7

32. Albert Vete

Showed some real aggression in his carries which will please coach Stephen Kearney. Looks to have added a bit of bulk to the upper body which is helping too. 6.5

26. Issac Luke

Played with plenty of energy in attack, constantly testing the marker defence with his stabbing runs. Appears to be in good shape. 6.5

20. Charlie Gubb

Solid in his stint before picking up an injury. 5

15. Bunty Afoa

Really good down his edge once again, Afoa is a probably the best attacking second-rower at the club right now. Played 67 minutes, proving he is a genuine option for Round 1. 7.5

12. Ryan Hoffman

Reliable rather than remarkable, left the field with a minor foot injury. 6.5

13. Simon Mannering 

Tackled everything that moved as per usual, getting through a mountain of work without the ball. Scored a try and looks nice and refreshed ahead of the start of the season. 7.5

Interchange:

16. Jacob Lillyman

Lillyman was having his first proper hit out of the year, and at times it showed. Strong in the middle though and will be primed for Round 1. 6

8. Sam Lisone

Probably the pick of the front-rowers for the Warriors in Palmerston North. Carried the ball with vigour, defended well and played with the type of attitude the Warriors need from their middles. He even forced a drop out, which was a vast improvement on his last attempt at kicking. 7.5

22. James Gavet

Didn’t feature as heavily as some of the other props, but scored a determined try. 6.5

11. Blake Ayshford

Played a reduced role but didn’t make any glaring mistakes. 6

17. Junior Pauga

Another to play reduced minutes, but he is in the mix when injuries strike the backline. 5.5

18. James Bell

Took the opportunities he was given, drawing some praise from teammates post-match. 6

28. Mason Lino

Nice and solid once again, Lino is likely to miss out on a spot for Round 1, but will be a capable back-up. 6

21. Isaiah Papalii

Crossed for a good try and was impressive once again in the pack. At just 18 years of age he is shaping as a genuine contender for a Round 1 spot. 7.5

25. Erin Clark

Stinging in defence once again, he offers a different style to the other hookers at the club and his cheeky attitude seems to get under the skin of opposing players. 6

(Main photo: Simon Mannering. Credit: photosport.nz).