Player ratings: Rd 3 Bulldogs v Warriors

  1. The Warriors enjoyed the majority of the possession and numerous sets in attacking territory, but couldn’t take advantage in a 24-12 loss to the Canterbury Bulldogs on Friday night in Dunedin. Here’s our take on how each player performed.

    21 Tuimoala Lolohea

    Did the job asked of him at the back. Made one crucial error which led to Bulldogs points, but ran for 121 metres. 6.5/10

    2 Ken Maumalo

    Heavily involved in work coming out of yardage once again, but still had some lapses in concentration. Probably should have grounded his attempt at a first-half try. 6

    3 David Fusitua

    Struggled to get involved in a team that wasn’t going forward, had to change positions when Vatuvei went off injured. 5

    4 Solomone Kata

    Got through plenty of work carrying the footy. Solid in defence, but made a bad decision when he tried to burrow over the line rather than pass, ending in a penalty for obstruction. 6

    5 Manu Vatuvei

    Left the field on 53 minutes with a knee injury. 3

    6 Mafoa’aeata Hingano

    Kept trying to find way through a Bulldogs line that wasn’t to be broken too many times. Did some impressive stuff in defence. 6

    7 Shaun Johnson

    Had some nice touches, scoring a try as well, but as a halfback it’s your responsibility to make sure large amounts of good field position are turned into points. That didn’t happen often enough. 6

    8 Albert Vete

    Got through for 110 metres and was busy in his stints. 6

    9 Issac Luke

    His pack didn’t go forward for much of the match, and neither did Luke. 5

    10 Jacob Lillyman

    A pillar of strength on the night, no player came close to matching his 177 metres. Lillyman has made a good start to the year. 7

    11 Bodene Thompson

    A classy presence on the edge, Thompson scored one try and set up the other. Another player who was moved around when Vatuvei came from the field. 6.5

    12 Ryan Hoffman

    Held his edge together well defensively, making 34 tackles. 6

    13 Simon Mannering

    Playing game No.261, Mannering was as tough as ever. Carried the ball 14 times for 22 metres, clocking 49 tackles. 7.5

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    Simon Mannering drew equal with Stacey Jones for the most games as a Warriors. Credit: photosport.nz

    Interchange:

    14 Erin Clark

    Didn’t take the field at all. N/A

    15 Sam Lisone

    Struggled to add the kind of punch you look for from the bench. 5.5

    16 Charlie Gubb

    Busy in his 26 minutes, but that didn’t translate into any momentum for the side. 5.5

    17 Bunty Afoa

    The pick of the bench players, got through 43 minutes, barging through for 55 metres with 25 tackles. 6

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