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Player ratings: Auckland

Player ratings: Auckland

Kiwileaguecentral.com rates all 17 of Auckland’s players following the 40-12 drubbing of the Tonga New Zealand Residents at Mount Smart Stadium on Saturday.

1: Polima Siaki

Safe as houses at the back. Chimed in nicely on a couple of backline moves to set up tries. 7.5/10

2: Corey Seator

Finished his try nicely. Didn’t see a huge amount of ball despite playing on the favoured left edge. 6.5/10

3: Cole Waaka 

A classy performance in the centres. He was strong for Northcote last year, but has found a new level. Showed patience and terrorised his markers with his footwork. 7.5/10

4: Lafu Feagaiga

Scored a double despite living on a right edge where the ball didn’t end up too often. Worked hard out of yardage. 7/10

5: Simon Luafalealo

Took his opportunities well and scored a try. Energetic in attack. 6/10

6: Jordan Tuarae

Simply brilliant. Got Auckland back into the game with a pair of individual tries in the first half, and touched the ball in the lead up to almost everything good they did in the second. 9/10

7: Howard Brown

Played his role perfectly, letting Tuarae take control and chiming in himself when needed. Kicked goals well and troubled Tonga when he ran the ball. 7/10

8: Jamel Hunt 

Busy on both sides of the ball. Just kept turning up for tough carries. 7/10

21: Jethro Friend

Started the Auckland comeback midway through the first half with his line speed. In attack he ran the Tongan’s ragged with his energy. Fully deserving of Man of the Match honours. 9/10

10: Michael Ki

Set the tone early with his carries. Met the Tongan pack head on and won. 7/10

11: Taylor Daniels

Produced a lovely offload for a second-half try. Kept busy in defence. 7.5/10

12: Daniel Reuelu-Buchanan

Got plenty of ball in the first half, combining well with Tuarae. Moved to the right edge in the second and didn’t get many chances. A quiet day by his standards. 6/10

13: Reece Charlie

Brought a different skillset to the Auckland pack, and was dangerous in his carries. 7/10


14: Matti Tuitama

Did his job on the edge, and came close to scoring in the second stanza. Worked hard. 6.5/10

15: Chris Sio

It’s no coincidence that the game changed when he came onto the field. Smashed Tonga up through the middle and added some ball-playing ability to the pack. Got through a mountain of defence as usual. 8/10

16 Abraham Papali’i

Auckland’s best middle forward. His impact off the bench was immense. Scored a brilliant 30-metre try by powering through the heart of Tonga’s defence. 8.5/10

22 Moses Oge

Limited minutes, but very effective in his stint. His running battle with Saimone Makahili was worth the price of admission. A rugged presence in the middle. 7.5