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Player ratings: Warriors v Cowboys

Player ratings: Warriors v Cowboys
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The New Zealand Warriors made it five in a row with a 22-12 victory over the North Queensland Cowboys, at a sold-out Mount Smart Stadium on Saturday night. Here’s how we rated each of the Kiwi club’s men.

1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK

Had his quietest game of the year at the back But still, no mistakes, and returned the ball well. 6.5/10

2 DAVID FUSITU’A

Finished off some brilliant work inside him to score two tries. Kept busy on the ball too. 6.5/10

3 PETA HIKU

Terrorised Johnathan Thurston with his running. Came up with a nifty flick pass to set up Fusitu’a second try. 7.5/10

4 SOLOMONE KATA

Put on a lovely swerve to evade a tackler and set up the opening try. Defended well and combined nicely with Maumalo off the ball. 6.5/10

5 KEN MAUMALO

A big game on the left flank. Showed some skill to finish off the opening try and carried well out of his own end. Finished the match with a team-high 159 metres. 7.5/10

6 BLAKE GREEN

Took a back seat to Shaun Johnson in Round 5. The fact that he still managed to play well in that role will please plenty at Mount Smart Stadium. 6/10

7 SHAUN JOHNSON

Killed it after a week off. Laid on a glorious cut out ball for Fusitu’a’s try, kicked goals perfectly and went looking for opportunities. Managed the closing minutes well with his kicking game. 7.5/10

8 BUNTY AFOA

He’s having a great start to the year. Was a fearsome figure in defence, and looked good when he got to carry the ball. Got better and better as the game went on. 7/10

9 ISSAC LUKE

Looked sharp. Ran for a touch under 100 metres and kept the North Queensland marker defence honest. 6.5/10

10 AGNATIUS PAASI

Really set the tone in the first few minutes, where he completely took it to the formidable North Queensland pack. Carried for 72 metres off eight carries. 7/10

11 LEIVAHA PULU

Reliable down his edge again. Plenty to like about how this guy plays on the ball, with his offload always a threat. 6/10

12 TOHU HARRIS

Went about his business and did everything he needed to down his corridor. Made 31 tackles and kept busy in attack. 6/10

13 ADAM BLAIR

Coughed up a bad handling error coming off his own line, which led to North Queensland scoring their try, and there were some discipline issues. Did get through a mountain of work in defence though, with 42 tackles. 6.5/10

Interchange:

14 JAZZ TEVAGA

Added some real energy in defence when he came on. Was desperate to close down any Cowboy that ran his way. 6.5/10

15 SAM LISONE

Got through his work, but modest numbers on both sides of the ball. 5.5/10

16 SIMON MANNERING

Looked short of a run as you would expect after a decent lay-off with injury. Played both in the middle and on the left edge and gave what Simon Mannering always gives. 6.5/10

17 ANTHONY GELLING

Came on in the dying minutes and hardly featured. N/A