NRL 2019: Stephen Kearney praises Roger Tuivasa-Sheck for record-breaking performance in Broncos draw

Warriors coach Stephen Kearney has sent a warning to the NRL saying that the best is yet to come from reigning Dally M medallist Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, after his record-breaking performance against the Broncos.

The Warriors skipper broke the NRL record for most running metres in a game with 367m from 34 runs, during his side's hard-fought 18-18 draw against Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night. 

Tuivasa-Sheck broke the mark previously held by Manly fullback Tom Trbojevic, who made 341 metres against the Dragons earlier this season. 

The reigning NRL player of the year was inspirational against the Broncos, setting up a first-half try for David Fusitu'a and almost dished up what looked like the match-winner for Peta Hiku in regular time before the bunker overruled the on-field decision.  

Sadly the 24-year-old's efforts were in vain as he couldn't spark his team to much-needed victory, instead settling for a draw - the first in the NRL in three seasons, and the Warriors' first in 10 years - which leaves Kearney's side three points outside the top eight with eight games remaining. 

The Warriors' final games are all against teams above them in the standings, and Kearney knows if anyone can lift the team into the top eight, it's Tuivasa-Sheck. 

"If I'm honest, Roger has been doing that consistently for us this year and last year as well," Kearney said.

"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."    

In golden-point, the fullback was at it again when his sublime footwork appeared to send Chanel Harris-Tavita in for the game-winning try, only to be stopped by Brisbane prop Payne Haas.

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.

"When it is on the line, he nearly came up with the winning play for us."

Kearney might get Tuivasa-Sheck to start practising field goals as the Warriors missed three attempts at the posts during golden-points. 

On top of that, nobody in the Warriors has kicked a field goal in their careers, and with the season on the line it might pay to have somebody who can slot the one-pointer. 

Halfback Kodi Nikorima took all three attempts, but they were all wide of the mark. 

While it was good to come away with something from the game, Kearney was disappointed considering the Warriors led 16-6 at halftime. 

"I dare say if they had a camera and microphone in the box, it wouldn't have been good viewing," Kearney added. 

"It is a difficult one to be honest because I thought we presented ourselves with several 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 have a short turnaround for their next game, against the Cronulla Sharks at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Friday night. 


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