2019 NRL Anzac Cup Player Ratings
1. James Tedesco – 7.5
The superstar fullback nearly got the game’s first try. Managed to break the Dragons line on occasions and was safe under the high ball. Was done like a dinner from Matt Dufty leading to a try in the second half.
2. Daniel Tupou - 7
Reliable as ever, also created a try with quick thinking off a bomb first half.
6. Latrell Mitchell - 8
Was on fire first half – a clever try was very nearly followed by a trademark barnstorming try almost immediately. Drifted out of game second half but always a danger drifting across the pitch.
4. Joseph Manu - 7
A welcome return, added solid defence on the Roosters right edge.
5. Matt Ikuvalu - 6
Two handling errors first half stopped promising attacks. Great effort in defence.
17. Lachlan Lam - 6
Showed great energy in defence, a daring flick pass second half would have been on the season highlight reel if it worked out – it didn’t.
7. Cooper Cronk – 7.5
A mixed kicking game – his first kick was charged down while back-to-back sloppy kicks late in the second half gave the Dragons unneeded territory. But also created a dropout and seemed to enjoy targeting Zac Lomax with skyscrapers.
8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves - 8
The veteran did it all – offloads, catching bombs and running for 180 metres.
9. Jake Friend - 9
Came up with the play of the game with a classic shot dislodging the ball from Matt Dufty to ice the game for his side. His side missed him badly when coming off for a second half breather. A killer short ball for Angus Crichton’s try and a 40/20 capped off a superb game.
10. Siosiua Taukeiaho – 9.5
Best on ground. In the first half he ran 157 metres – the Dragons starting pack combined ran 170m. Ended up with 269 metres to go with 23 tackles and the match-clinching try which fans in the SCG bleachers may have mistaken the big man for Tedesco with his twinkle toes.
11. Boyd Cordner - 9
Best game of the season for the Australia captain. Constantly put his hand up for the hard runs late in sets to create field position. Rock solid in defence. Led by example throughout.
12. Angus Crichton – 8.5
Worked his backside off. His first half try was deserved. Copped a brutal knee late in the game to leave him facing a potential Blake Ferguson nose.
13. Victor Radley – 7
Hard hitting defence as ever in the middle. Would have been grateful for Friend’s return allowing him to play lock instead of hooker.
3. Mitchell Aubusson – 5.5
Limited game time but his experience was crucial during Friend’s break.
14. Nat Butcher – 6
Provided impressive defence in the middle either side of the break.
15. Zane Tetevano – 5.5
Crushed Dufty with a beauty in the 43rd minute…it didn’t slow Dufty down though.
16. Sitili Tupouniua – 5.5
Great energy off the bench – looking more and more a long-term first grader.
1. Matthew Dufty – 8.5
Scored a try of the year contender and drove his side within touching distance before his late error ended the comeback. What a talent though – hard to believe he wasn’t in the Dragons’ top 17 weeks ago.
2. Jordan Pereira - 6
A mixed game – unforced errors off kicks and coming off his line didn’t help but his carries were strong and almost created a try late in the game.
3. Euan Aitken – 6.5
Never easy marking Latrell Mitchell but crucially Aitken gave Mitchell cause for worry when he had ball in hand.
4. Timoteo Lafai - 7
Almost scored in the first half, craftily milked a penalty, was a go-to option in attack throughout.
15. Zac Lomax - 7.5
One of his side’s best – playing out of position both on the wing and then in the halves late on. Finished a slick backline play to score.
6. Corey Norman - 7
Was steamrolled by Crichton’s try but offset this by creating a try second half and admirably stood up in attack with Ben Hunt’s shoulder injury.
7. Ben Hunt – 6.5
Hampered by a shoulder injury throughout leaving him unable to finish the game. Made handling errors but also set up a try and helped turned the tide in the second half as he could.
8. James Graham - 8
Pressured Cooper Cronk’s kicking all arvo. His under-rated ballplay created a golden chance for Paul Vaughan. Worked his socks off.
9. Cameron McInnes – 7.5
Always reliable in defence and broke through the Roosters in the 65th minute in attack.
10. Paul Vaughan – 7
Tackled himself when he had a one-on-one with James Tedesco. His battle with Waerea-Hargreaves was a blast.
11. Tyson Frizell - 8
Playing as a middle, he did a mountain of gruntwork particularly inside his side’s half. Laid the platform well.
12. Tariq Sims – 7.5
Monstered Cronk throughout – he almost made a hit of the year on Nat Butcher but instead added to his missed tackle count. Strong game otherwise from the NSW enforcer.
16. Jacob Host – 7.5
Leading run metres for his side in the first half – an impressive showing from a man looking to cement a starting spot.
5. Mikaele Ravalawa - 4
Very limited gametime but a crucial error in running out on the first play of an attacking set was unforgivable.
13. Blake Lawrie – 7
34 tackles, 0 misses. Improving every round and made a strong run immediately after coming on.
14. Jeremy Latimore – 5.5
Did what he needed to do either side of the first half – and made Roosters defender work hard to stop his offloading game.
17. Luciano Leilua - 6
Conceded a penalty early on but grew into the game and always a handful to stop on the charge.