New Zealand Warriors NYC Key Men

DAVID FUSITUA:


The fullback has been very consistent for the young New Zealand side this year and especially over the past couple of weeks. Has a great carry and is very dangerous in broken play.


His contribution at the back for the Warriors has been a standout, with his kick returns and ability to find open space a key to getting their sets started. The Dogs kicking game will need to be on, or otherwise he will certainly hurt them.


SEASON STATS:

-Averages 14 runs(144m)

-59 tackle breaks for the year

-10 line breaks with 9 tires

-He is 7th overall in kick return metres in the NYC

-64.6% of the time will find his elbows and knees.


TUIMOALA LOLOHEA:

At only 18 years of age and having the year he has had, is a sign that the Warriors have a very talented player on their books.


The five-eight has easily been there best this year and is one of the most damaging players in the NYC when it comes to broken play and presented with a poor defensive line. He debuted for the club this year and has been a standout!


Has a great running game, an ability to find space, put teammates into holes and can easily turn a match in the Warriors favour. With 4 tries next to his name from last week, he will be a player the Dogs will certainly pay attention to this week.


SEASON STATS:

-Averages 7 runs(89m)

-98 tackle breaks for the year

-18 line breaks, 14 try assists, 10 line break assists and 22 tries.


:SAM LISONE

The front-rower has played in every game this year for the Warriors in his debut season and has been super consistent, whether it be in the starting side or coming from the bench, he is a player who goes out there and does his job.

Very effective off the bench with his carries, his impact he provides and a player who doesnt take a backward step and no doubt will provide plenty of energy for his side on Friday night.


SEASON STATS:


-Averages 11 runs(104m)

-Averages 37.6 minutes per game

-57 tackle breaks and 6 tries

-A tackle efficiency of 93.1%

-61.9% of his carries, he will find his elbow and knees.


SILIVA HAVILI:


The Warriors number nine has only played four games this year for the NYC side and after what he produced last weekend, he is a player who the Dogs will need to shut down. Very dangerous out of dummy half with his runs and very smart when it comes to choosing the right option from number nine.


He is very effective and creates a lot of havoc if allowed to run off the back of their big men finding quick play the balls. The only way for the Dogs to limit his impact is be effective with their defence and control the ruck, or otherwise Siliva will have a field day.


He averages one line break a game, one try assist a game, has scored two tries and averages 3 tackle breaks per game, very impressive in only four games.