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Captain Tohu Harris underlined for the umpteenth time what a telling influence he is for the One New Zealand Warriors with his whole-hearted effort in the Magic Round loss to Penrith.

His troublesome knee condition had forced him to miss the ninth-round match against the Roosters after being forced off the field just 38 minutes into the Anzac Day clash against the Melbourne.

He trained well last week and told head coach Andrew Webster he was ready to return against the Panthers.

His confidence was spot on.

While he’d had just 38 minutes on the field in the previous two games it was impossible to tell as Harris uncorked an outstanding performance across the full 80 minutes. It was display which gained his 89 points and a spot on the interchange in the VB Hard Earned Team of the Week.

Harris finished the match with a game-high 48 tackles, 155 metres from 21 runs – the best numbers for any forward on the field – with 50 post contact metres (equal best for a forward). And not forgetting his deft pass for Addin Fonua-Blake’s try.


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