Ben Matulino during the NRL Rugby League match. Vodafone Warriors v Knights, Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Easter Monday, 28 March 2016. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz

Apart from the all-important win, other statistical features of the Vodafone Warriors’ 40-18 win over Newcastle included another 200-metre effort from fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, an outstanding all-round contribution from Ben Matulino, 11 players making 10 or more runs and the team gaining a total of 1554 metres.

Tuivasa-Sheck made 203 metres from 21 runs, his fourth 200-metre return in his first four games for the club. He also came up with five tackle breaks and a try assist plus a key hand in another try.

Matulino played big minutes – 70 in total – finishing with 139 metres from 19 runs, two tackle breaks, a line break, his first try of the season and 30 tackles (only Simon Mannering made more with 31).

Six of the backs had more than 10 runs and the team combined for a season-high total of 1554 metres from 192 runs (Newcastle restricted to just 922 metres).

 

STATISTICS | v NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS, MOUNT SMART STADIUM | WON 40-18

 

Team Stats:

Penalties | Vodafone Warriors 11, Newcastle 8.

Completions | Vodafone Warriors 30/42 (71%), Newcastle 25/34 (74%).

Total runs | Vodafone Warriors 192, Newcastle 122.

Metres gained | Vodafone Warriors 1554, Newcastle 922.

Dummy half runs (metres) | Vodafone Warriors 12 (95), Newcastle 9 (72).

Line breaks | Vodafone Warriors 6, Newcastle 3.

Tackle breaks | Vodafone Warriors 45, Newcastle 26.

Kicks (kicking metres) | Vodafone Warriors 12 (238), Newcastle 13 (368).

Tackles Made | Vodafone Warriors 210, Newcastle 328.

Missed tackles | Vodafone Warriors 26, Newcastle 45.

Offloads | Vodafone Warriors 13, Newcastle 6.

Errors | Vodafone Warriors 12, Newcastle 9.

 

Individual stats:

Runs | Vodafone Warriors: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 21, Ben Matulino 19, Shaun Johnson 15, Simon Mannering 14, Ryan Hoffman 13, Manu Vatuvei 12, Sam Lisone 11, Tuimoala Lolohea 11, Solomone Kata 11, Blake Ayshford 11, Jacob Lillyman 10. Newcastle: Nathan Ross 12, Pat Mata’utia 12, Korbin Sims 12.

Metres gained | Vodafone Warriors: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 203, Ben Matulino 139, Ryan Hoffman 136, Manu Vatuvei 116, Solomone Kata 106, Simon Mannering 101, Tuimoala Lolohea 98, Blake Ayshford 94. Newcastle: Nathan Ross 126.

Tackle breaks | Vodafone Warriors: Issac Luke 8, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 5, Manu Vatuvei 5, Solomone Kata 5, Shaun Johnson 5. Newcastle: Dane Gagai 5, Nathan Ross 4, Sam Mataora 4.

Off loads | Vodafone Warriors: Ben Matulino 3, Blake Ayshford 3.

Tackles made | Vodafone Warriors: Simon Mannering 31, Ben Matulino 30, Issac Luke 21, Jacob Lillyman 21. Newcastle: Jacob Saifiti 44, Robbie Rochow 40, Danny Levi 36, Mickey Paea 32.

Missed tackles | Vodafone Warriors: Blake Ayshford 0, Simon Mannering 0, Jazz Tevaga 0, Konrad Hurrell 0. Newcastle: Sam Mataora 0, Tyler Randell 0.

Supports | Vodafone Warriors: Jeff Robson 28, Charlie Gubb 16, Manu Vatuvei 12, Solomone Kata 12, Shaun Johnson 11, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 9, Blake Ayshford 9, Jacob Lillyman 9, Jazz Tevaga 8. Newcastle: Pat Mata’utia 10, Dane Gagai 9, Robbie Rochow 9, Jarrod Mullen 9.

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