Album: 2013 Warriors Season Review And Ratings

NRL: Too many ifs and buts define substandard year<br /> By Michael Burgess<br /> 5:30 AM Sunday Sep 8, 2013<br /> <br /> Nathan Friend. Photo / Richard Robinson.<br /> <br /> Kevin Locke 6<br /> Improved in the second half of the season but rarely showed his potential or recaptured the form of 2011. Pursuit of Sam Tomkins was an understandable - yet unnecessary - distraction.<br /> <br /> Dane Nielsen 6.5<br /> Solid performer, hampered by injuries. Needs to offer a lot more in 2014.<br /> <br /> Konrad Hurrell 7<br /> Still learning the game - and defence - but was the team&#039;s best attacking weapon and almost always gave his all. Needs better service.<br /> <br /> Manu Vatuvei 6<br /> Sixteen tries in his last 17 games and usual strong carries but let down his side defensively too often. Still an enigma.<br /> <br /> Thomas Leuluai 9<br /> Non-stop effort, playing every minute of every game this season. Defensive kingpin who added 46 tackle busts and tidy work on attack. Will be a big call to move him from the halves next year.<br /> <br /> Shaun Johnson 6.5<br /> Statistics will say it was a virtuoso season but much to improve on. Developing worrying habit of fading out of games. Does depend on forward&#039;s effort but needs to stand up - and stand out more often. If he can develop the mindset of a Mannering or a Leuluai can be one of the best players in the NRL but ...<br /> <br /> Sam Rapira 7.5<br /> Consistent performer, especially in the second half of the season. Top prop.<br /> <br /> Nathan Friend 8.5<br /> Added a running game to his play in the second half of the season and never stopped working. It was inconceivable he was almost let go, just for what he brings in attitude.<br /> <br /> Suaia Matagi 7.5<br /> A rookie revelation who adapted quickly to the NRL and has the makings of a cult hero.<br /> <br /> Elijah Taylor 8<br /> A flat start to the year, when shuffled around the pack before showing why Penrith chased him so hard. Major loss.<br /> <br /> Simon Mannering 8.5<br /> Errors blighted his early season play but has been a standout since then. Sets an weekly example that others struggle to match and added an offensive side to his game.<br /> <br />



2013 Warriors Season Review And Ratings

Updated Sep 16, 2013
1121  
1159  
1162  
1163  
Loading Photos......
Loading Photos......
mt.wellington
NRL: Too many ifs and buts define substandard year
By Michael Burgess
5:30 AM Sunday Sep 8, 2013

Nathan Friend. Photo / Richard Robinson.

Kevin Locke 6
Improved in the second half of the season but rarely showed his potential or recaptured the form of 2011. Pursuit of Sam Tomkins was an understandable - yet unnecessary - distraction.

Dane Nielsen 6.5
Solid performer, hampered by injuries. Needs to offer a lot more in 2014.

Konrad Hurrell 7
Still learning the game - and defence - but was the team's best attacking weapon and almost always gave his all. Needs better service.

Manu Vatuvei 6
Sixteen tries in his last 17 games and usual strong carries but let down his side defensively too often. Still an enigma.

Thomas Leuluai 9
Non-stop effort, playing every minute of every game this season. Defensive kingpin who added 46 tackle busts and tidy work on attack. Will be a big call to move him from the halves next year.

Shaun Johnson 6.5
Statistics will say it was a virtuoso season but much to improve on. Developing worrying habit of fading out of games. Does depend on forward's effort but needs to stand up - and stand out more often. If he can develop the mindset of a Mannering or a Leuluai can be one of the best players in the NRL but ...

Sam Rapira 7.5
Consistent performer, especially in the second half of the season. Top prop.

Nathan Friend 8.5
Added a running game to his play in the second half of the season and never stopped working. It was inconceivable he was almost let go, just for what he brings in attitude.

Suaia Matagi 7.5
A rookie revelation who adapted quickly to the NRL and has the makings of a cult hero.

Elijah Taylor 8
A flat start to the year, when shuffled around the pack before showing why Penrith chased him so hard. Major loss.

Simon Mannering 8.5
Errors blighted his early season play but has been a standout since then. Sets an weekly example that others struggle to match and added an offensive side to his game.

Actions