Roger Tuivasa-Sheck broke the NRL record for most running metres in a game with a stunning 367 metres from 34 runs in the 18-all draw against Brisbane and coach Stephen Kearney has warned that his best is yet to come.
The Warriors fullback and captain broke the mark previously held by Roosters great Anthony Minichiello who made 364 metres against the Bulldogs in round three, 2004.
The Kiwi international did make his metres in what turned out to be a 90-minute game but he was an inspiration to his side, setting up a first-half try for David Fusitu'a with his trademark footwork and guile and creating what was almost the match-winner in regular time for Peta Hiku before it was overruled by the bunker.
"If I'm honest, Roger has been doing that consistently for us this year and last year as well," Kearney said of the 2018 Dally M Medal winner.
"He is a wonderful leader and I can't heap enough praise on Roger and in terms of what he is to us as a captain. And the good thing about Roger is that he wants to get better and improve. That is the wonderful quality about him."
Kearney said Tuivasa-Sheck was the man who wanted the ball in his hands when his side needed him most.
"That is what those players are there for. Given the opportunity they try and take it, and Roger is that player for us," Kearney said
"When it is on the line he nearly came up with the winning play for us."
It was a tough night for coaches at Suncorp Stadium with the Warriors and Broncos both having three unsuccessful shots at field goal in the final chaotic 10 minutes of extra time.
"I dare say if they had a camera and microphone in the box it wouldn't have been good viewing," Kearney quipped.
"It is a difficult one to be honest because I thought we presented ourselves with a number of opportunities but weren't able to nail them.
"Consequently they had a number of opportunities themselves. Part of me thinks we could have navigated it and coordinated it a bit better but it was a tough old contest. Two or three weeks ago we lose that. We had something similar against the Panthers, but that was an improvement at navigating the back end."
The Warriors had been on the wrong end of some tough calls in their 24-20 win over the Knights with NRL head of football Graham Annesley confirming three crucial calls that went against them were incorrect.
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In the loss to Brisbane an on-field try ruling was overturned by the Bunker when Isaiah Papali'i was ruled to have touched the ball before it hit his shin before Hiku scored.
"That's a lot less clear than the one last week, so there was an element of doubt there," Kearney said.
The Warriors will want to improve their completion rates which were tracking at just 50 per cent at stages of the second half before finishing on 64 per cent.
Kearney's team did have to overcome adversity, which he was proud of, including the key loss of rampaging winger Ken Maumalo to concussion in the 54th minute when he had run for 258 metres.
Match: Broncos v Warriors
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Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
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"He is an important element to our yardage sets and Peta [Hiku] was banged up a bit in the first half but managed to finish the game, but the guys stuck at it and gave ourselves an opportunity at the end," Kearney said.
"I thought there were some wonderful efforts tonight. Jazz [Tevaga] made 72 tackles and ran 180 metres. Chanel [Harris-Tavita] got put out at hooker first and then centre and wing. There were some really tough efforts and I'm pleased that we are going away with a point, but disappointed that we aren't going away with two."
The draw takes the Warriors to 15 competition points, just three behind eighth-placed Penrith.
"We have got two more games away from home [in a row]. We play down at Wellington [against Cronulla]. We then go to Parramatta and play them at their new ground the week after," Kearney said.
"So long as there is a possibility we will be fighting every inch of the way. Our last 12 weeks, including tonight, we have had some pretty close finishes and I am sure if we keep at it those finishes will tip our way over the next month or so."