The best - and worst - of the NZ Warriors

Michael Luck of the Warriors reflects after their loss to the Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium.
Michael Luck of the Warriors reflects after their loss to the Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium.
Feleti Mateo of the Warriors reflects after their loss to the Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium.
Feleti Mateo of the Warriors reflects after their loss to the Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium.
Josh McCrone of the Raiders in action against the New Zealand Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.
Josh McCrone of the Raiders in action against the New Zealand Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.
Ben Matulino of the Warriors scores a try during their loss to the Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium.
Ben Matulino of the Warriors scores a try during their loss to the Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium.
Michael Luck fans show their support for his last game as the Warriors take on the Canberra Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium.
Michael Luck fans show their support for his last game as the Warriors take on the Canberra Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium.
Sebastine Ikahihifo of the Warriors (L) shows his disappointment as the Panthers celebrate a winning try at Mt Smart Stadium.
Sebastine Ikahihifo of the Warriors (L) shows his disappointment as the Panthers celebrate a winning try at Mt Smart Stadium.
Sam McKendry of the Panthers is tackled against the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.
Sam McKendry of the Panthers is tackled against the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.
Shaun Johnson of the Warriors is tackled against the Penrith Panthers at Mt Smart Stadium.
Shaun Johnson of the Warriors is tackled against the Penrith Panthers at Mt Smart Stadium.
Russell Packer of the Warriors is tackled against the Penrith Panthers at Mt Smart Stadium.
Russell Packer of the Warriors is tackled against the Penrith Panthers at Mt Smart Stadium.
Lachlan Coote of the Panthers passes against the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.
Lachlan Coote of the Panthers passes against the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.
Lewis Brown of the Warriors reflects after their loss to the Penrith Panthers at Mt Smart Stadium.
Lewis Brown of the Warriors reflects after their loss to the Penrith Panthers at Mt Smart Stadium.
The Warriors stand in goal waiting a for a conversion during their match against the North Queensland Cowboys.
The Warriors stand in goal waiting a for a conversion during their match against the North Queensland Cowboys.
The Warriors stand in goal waiting a for a conversion during their match against the North Queensland Cowboys.
The Warriors stand in goal waiting a for a conversion during their match against the North Queensland Cowboys.
Ashley Graham of the Cowboys celebrates his third try of the match against the Warriors with Antonio Winterstein and Glenn Hall of the Cowboys.
Ashley Graham of the Cowboys celebrates his third try of the match against the Warriors with Antonio Winterstein and Glenn Hall of the Cowboys.
 Nathan Friend of the Warriors holds his hand to his face against the North Queensland Cowboys.
Nathan Friend of the Warriors holds his hand to his face against the North Queensland Cowboys.
Aaron Payne of the Cowboys scores a try past Nathan Friend and Carlos Tuimavave of the Warriors.
Aaron Payne of the Cowboys scores a try past Nathan Friend and Carlos Tuimavave of the Warriors.
Bill Tupou, Carlos Tuimavave, Kevin Locke and Elijah Taylor of the Warriors show their disappointment in performance against the Cronulla Sharks at Mt Smart Stadium.
Bill Tupou, Carlos Tuimavave, Kevin Locke and Elijah Taylor of the Warriors show their disappointment in performance against the Cronulla Sharks at Mt Smart Stadium.
Andrew Fifita of the Sharks scores a tryagainst the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.
Andrew Fifita of the Sharks scores a tryagainst the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.
James Maloney of the Warriors is taken from the field with a knee injury against the Sharks at Mt Smart Stadium.
James Maloney of the Warriors is taken from the field with a knee injury against the Sharks at Mt Smart Stadium.
 Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors is caught between the legs of Nathan Stapleton of the Sharks at Mt Smart Stadium.
Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors is caught between the legs of Nathan Stapleton of the Sharks at Mt Smart Stadium.
Colin Best of the Sharks fends off James Maloney of the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.
Colin Best of the Sharks fends off James Maloney of the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.
Elijah Taylor of the Warriors in action against the Manly Sea Eagles at Patersons Stadium in Perth.
Elijah Taylor of the Warriors in action against the Manly Sea Eagles at Patersons Stadium in Perth.
Jorge Taufua of the Sea Eagles runs the line against the Warriors at Patersons Stadium in Perth.
Jorge Taufua of the Sea Eagles runs the line against the Warriors at Patersons Stadium in Perth.
Kevin Locke celebrates his opening try against the Manly Sea Eagles at Patersons Stadium in Perth.
Kevin Locke celebrates his opening try against the Manly Sea Eagles at Patersons Stadium in Perth.
Feleti Mateo is tackled on the line against the Manly Sea Eagles at Patersons Stadium in Perth.
Feleti Mateo is tackled on the line against the Manly Sea Eagles at Patersons Stadium in Perth.
Knights players celebrate after their win over the Warriors.
Knights players celebrate after their win over the Warriors.
Shaun Johnson steps through the tackle of Darius Boyd while on his way to an early try during the Warriors' match against the Knights.
Shaun Johnson steps through the tackle of Darius Boyd while on his way to an early try during the Warriors' match against the Knights.
Steve Rapira of the Warriors is picked up by the defence of Matt Gillett of the Broncos.
Steve Rapira of the Warriors is picked up by the defence of Matt Gillett of the Broncos.
Feleti Mateo of the Warriors takes on the Brisbane Broncos' defence.
Feleti Mateo of the Warriors takes on the Brisbane Broncos' defence.
Nathan Friend of the Warriors attempts to break through the Brisbane Broncos' defence.
Nathan Friend of the Warriors attempts to break through the Brisbane Broncos' defence.
Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors is wrapped up by  the Brisbane Broncos' defence.
Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors is wrapped up by the Brisbane Broncos' defence.
Shaun Johnson dives over for a try in the Warriors win over the Titans.
Shaun Johnson dives over for a try in the Warriors win over the Titans.
Jacob Lillyman runs into a wall of Gold Coast players.
Jacob Lillyman runs into a wall of Gold Coast players.
Konrad Hurrell celebrates one of his three tries against the Titans.
Konrad Hurrell celebrates one of his three tries against the Titans.
Konrad Hurrell breaks through the tackle of Jamal Idris of the Titans.
Konrad Hurrell breaks through the tackle of Jamal Idris of the Titans.
Konrad Hurrell of the Warriors dives over to score a try against the North Queensland Cowboys at Mt Smart Stadium.
Konrad Hurrell of the Warriors dives over to score a try against the North Queensland Cowboys at Mt Smart Stadium.
Shaun Johnson of the Warriors makes a break against the North Queensland Cowboys.
Shaun Johnson of the Warriors makes a break against the North Queensland Cowboys.
Sione Lousi of the Warriors offloads the ball against the North Queensland Cowboys at Mt Smart Stadium.
Sione Lousi of the Warriors offloads the ball against the North Queensland Cowboys at Mt Smart Stadium.
Ashton Sims of the Cowboys shows his disappointment after Nathan Friend of the Warriros scored.
Ashton Sims of the Cowboys shows his disappointment after Nathan Friend of the Warriros scored.
Russell Packer of the Warriors charges forward against the North Queensland Cowboys at Mt Smart Stadium.
Russell Packer of the Warriors charges forward against the North Queensland Cowboys at Mt Smart Stadium.
Fullback Kevin Locke on the charge during the Warriors' game against Cronulla Sharks.
Fullback Kevin Locke on the charge during the Warriors' game against Cronulla Sharks.
Jeff Robson is congratulated by team-mates after scoring the winning try for Cronulla against the Warriors.
Jeff Robson is congratulated by team-mates after scoring the winning try for Cronulla against the Warriors.
Kevin Locke is taken in a head-high tackle.
Kevin Locke is taken in a head-high tackle.
Elijah Taylor (centre) and Ben Henry tackle Josh Bakuya of the Cronulla Sharks.
Elijah Taylor (centre) and Ben Henry tackle Josh Bakuya of the Cronulla Sharks.
Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors celebrates scoring a try during their game against the Penrith Panthers.
Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors celebrates scoring a try during their game against the Penrith Panthers.
Kevin Locke of the Warriors is tackled during their match against the Penrith Panthers.
Kevin Locke of the Warriors is tackled during their match against the Penrith Panthers.
Kevin Locke of the Warriors celebrates scoring a try during their match against the Penrith Panthers.
Kevin Locke of the Warriors celebrates scoring a try during their match against the Penrith Panthers.
Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors runs the ball during their game against the Penrith Panthers.
Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors runs the ball during their game against the Penrith Panthers.
Alemana Mara of the Warriors runs the ball during their game against the Penrith Panthers.
Alemana Mara of the Warriors runs the ball during their game against the Penrith Panthers.
James Maloney of the Warriors is congratulated by his team mates after scoring a try during their game against the Penrith Panthers.
James Maloney of the Warriors is congratulated by his team mates after scoring a try during their game against the Penrith Panthers.
Russell Packer of the Warriors charges forward against the Melbourne Storm.
Russell Packer of the Warriors charges forward against the Melbourne Storm.
Alehana Mara of the Warriors makes a break in their against the Melbourne Storm.
Alehana Mara of the Warriors makes a break in their against the Melbourne Storm.
Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors makes a break in their against the Melbourne Storm.
Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors makes a break in their against the Melbourne Storm.
Simon Mannering of the Warriors walks the team off before their game with the Melbourne Storm.
Simon Mannering of the Warriors walks the team off before their game with the Melbourne Storm.
Ben Matulino of the Warriors charges forward during their game with the Melbourne Storm.
Ben Matulino of the Warriors charges forward during their game with the Melbourne Storm.
Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors is tackled against the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval.
Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors is tackled against the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval.
Tim Moltzen of the Tigers is congratulated by teammate Liam Fulton against the Warriors at Leichhardt Oval.
Tim Moltzen of the Tigers is congratulated by teammate Liam Fulton against the Warriors at Leichhardt Oval.
Bill Tupou of the Warriors scores a try against the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval.
Bill Tupou of the Warriors scores a try against the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval.
Ben Henry of the Warriors is tackled against the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval.
Ben Henry of the Warriors is tackled against the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval.
Feleti Mateo of the Warriors is tackled against the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval.
Feleti Mateo of the Warriors is tackled against the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval.
Warriors' Konrad Hurrell celebrates his try against the Roosters.
Warriors' Konrad Hurrell celebrates his try against the Roosters.
Warriors' Manu Vatuvei goes after the bomb against Roosters' Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Sam Perrett.
Warriors' Manu Vatuvei goes after the bomb against Roosters' Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Sam Perrett.
Warriors Shaun Johnson breaks free and scores his first try against the Roosters.
Warriors Shaun Johnson breaks free and scores his first try against the Roosters.
Warriors Manu Vatuvei scores a try against the Roosters.
Warriors Manu Vatuvei scores a try against the Roosters.
Warriors celebrate Manu Vatuvei's try against the Roosters.
Warriors celebrate Manu Vatuvei's try against the Roosters.
A fight breaks out between the Warriors and the Roosters.
A fight breaks out between the Warriors and the Roosters.
Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors beats Sam Perrett of the Roosters to the high ball.
Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors beats Sam Perrett of the Roosters to the high ball.
Warriors five-eighth James Maloney against the Broncos.
Warriors five-eighth James Maloney against the Broncos.
Manu Vatuvei, Nathan Friend, Ben Henry and Jacob Lillyman of the Warriors celebrate after Feleti Mateo scored a try.
Manu Vatuvei, Nathan Friend, Ben Henry and Jacob Lillyman of the Warriors celebrate after Feleti Mateo scored a try.
Warriors prop Jacob Lilyman runs at Broncos replacement Matt Gillett.
Warriors prop Jacob Lilyman runs at Broncos replacement Matt Gillett.
Warriors centre Ben Henry dodges Broncos halfback Peter Wallace.
Warriors centre Ben Henry dodges Broncos halfback Peter Wallace.
Warriors players celebrate the opening against the Brisbane Broncos.
Warriors players celebrate the opening against the Brisbane Broncos.
Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell in action against the Broncos at Mount Smart Stadium.
Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell in action against the Broncos at Mount Smart Stadium.
Justin O'Neill of the Storm scores a try against the Warriors.
Justin O'Neill of the Storm scores a try against the Warriors.
Storm players run through the team banner during the round eight NRL match against the New Zealand Warriors .
Storm players run through the team banner during the round eight NRL match against the New Zealand Warriors .
Krisnan Inu of the Warriors is tackled against the Storm.
Krisnan Inu of the Warriors is tackled against the Storm.
Bill Tupou of the Warriors scores his team's first try against the Storm.
Bill Tupou of the Warriors scores his team's first try against the Storm.
Will Chambers of the Storm is congratulated by his team mates after scoring a try.
Will Chambers of the Storm is congratulated by his team mates after scoring a try.
Warriors forward Lewis Brown scores.
Warriors forward Lewis Brown scores.
Warriors five-eighth James Maloney in their game againt the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Warriors five-eighth James Maloney in their game againt the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Warriors five-eighth James Maloney scragged in their game againt the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Warriors five-eighth James Maloney scragged in their game againt the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Warriors centre Ben Henry goes into score in their game against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Warriors centre Ben Henry goes into score in their game against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors controls a high ball.
Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors controls a high ball.
Bronson Harrison of the Raiders off loads the ball during their game against the Warriors.
Bronson Harrison of the Raiders off loads the ball during their game against the Warriors.
Ben Matulino of the Warriors is tackled by Dane Tilse of the Raiders.
Ben Matulino of the Warriors is tackled by Dane Tilse of the Raiders.
Feleti Mateo of the Warriors is tackled.
Feleti Mateo of the Warriors is tackled.
Nathan Friend of the Warriors runs the ball.
Nathan Friend of the Warriors runs the ball.
Reece Robinson of the Raiders is tackled by Simon Mannering of the Warriors.
Reece Robinson of the Raiders is tackled by Simon Mannering of the Warriors.
Elijah Taylor of the Warriors is tackled by Bronson Harrison and Terry Campese of the Raiders.
Elijah Taylor of the Warriors is tackled by Bronson Harrison and Terry Campese of the Raiders.
Elijah Taylor after the Warriors' loss to the Roosters.
Elijah Taylor after the Warriors' loss to the Roosters.
Roosters' Jared Warea-Hargreaves walks away after tackling Ukuma Ta'ai of the Warriors.
Roosters' Jared Warea-Hargreaves walks away after tackling Ukuma Ta'ai of the Warriors.
Ben Henry is tackled by Brad Takarangi of the Roosters.
Ben Henry is tackled by Brad Takarangi of the Roosters.
James Maloney celebrates a try against the Roosters.
James Maloney celebrates a try against the Roosters.
Simon Mannering is tackled by Braith Anasta of the Roosters.
Simon Mannering is tackled by Braith Anasta of the Roosters.
Ben Matulino is tackled by Martin Kennedy of the Roosters.
Ben Matulino is tackled by Martin Kennedy of the Roosters.
Gold Coast Titans second rower Greg Bird is contained by Shaun Johnson, Jerome Ropati, Lewis Brown and Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors.
Gold Coast Titans second rower Greg Bird is contained by Shaun Johnson, Jerome Ropati, Lewis Brown and Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors.
Warriors centre Jerome Ropati runs at Gold Coast Titans halfback Scott Prince.
Warriors centre Jerome Ropati runs at Gold Coast Titans halfback Scott Prince.
Warriors prop Ben Matulinoon the charge.
Warriors prop Ben Matulinoon the charge.
Warriors captain Simon Mannering charges into Gold Coast Titans second rower Mark Minichiello.
Warriors captain Simon Mannering charges into Gold Coast Titans second rower Mark Minichiello.
Warriors hooker Nathan Friend is tackled by Gold Coast Titans prop Nate Myles.
Warriors hooker Nathan Friend is tackled by Gold Coast Titans prop Nate Myles.
Warriors prop Ben Matulino is wrapped by Gold Coast Titans prop Luke Bailey.
Warriors prop Ben Matulino is wrapped by Gold Coast Titans prop Luke Bailey.
Warriors fullback Kevin Locke in action against Gold Coast.
Warriors fullback Kevin Locke in action against Gold Coast.
Warriors five-eighth James Maloney scores inthe tackle of Bulldogs fullback Ben Barba.
Warriors five-eighth James Maloney scores inthe tackle of Bulldogs fullback Ben Barba.
Warriors second-rower Feleti Mateo offloads in the tackle of Bulldogs replacement James Graham.
Warriors second-rower Feleti Mateo offloads in the tackle of Bulldogs replacement James Graham.
Warriors fullback Kevin Locke dives to score in the tackle of Bulldogs fullback Ben Barba.
Warriors fullback Kevin Locke dives to score in the tackle of Bulldogs fullback Ben Barba.
Warriors replacement Lewis Brown on the charge against the Bulldogs.
Warriors replacement Lewis Brown on the charge against the Bulldogs.
Warriors lock Elijah Taylor tackles Bulldogs replacement Greg Eastwood.
Warriors lock Elijah Taylor tackles Bulldogs replacement Greg Eastwood.
Warriors halfback James Maloney busts through the Parramatta Eels defence on the way to scoring a try during their round two match in Sydney.
Warriors halfback James Maloney busts through the Parramatta Eels defence on the way to scoring a try during their round two match in Sydney.
Back rower Elijah Taylor offloads for the Warriors.
Back rower Elijah Taylor offloads for the Warriors.
Centre Konrad Hurrell runs into the heart of the Eels defence.
Centre Konrad Hurrell runs into the heart of the Eels defence.
Warriors halfback James Maloney completes a tackle on Jarryd Hayne after the Eels fullback fell heavily on an injured knee.
Warriors halfback James Maloney completes a tackle on Jarryd Hayne after the Eels fullback fell heavily on an injured knee.
The Warriors celebrate a try to Feleti Mateo (second from left).
The Warriors celebrate a try to Feleti Mateo (second from left).
Warriors centre Lewis Brown charges through the Manly defence, leaving Glenn Stewart (right) clutching at air.
Warriors centre Lewis Brown charges through the Manly defence, leaving Glenn Stewart (right) clutching at air.
Big wing Manu Vatuvei celebrates his second try that pulled the Warriors within striking distance.
Big wing Manu Vatuvei celebrates his second try that pulled the Warriors within striking distance.
A dejected Kevin Locke has a drink following the Warriors' NRL season-opening loss to Manly.
A dejected Kevin Locke has a drink following the Warriors' NRL season-opening loss to Manly.
Manu Vatuvei scores a try against Manly at Eden Park.
Manu Vatuvei scores a try against Manly at Eden Park.
Warriors Feleti Mateo is wrapped up by the Manly defence at Eden Park.
Warriors Feleti Mateo is wrapped up by the Manly defence at Eden Park.
Kevin Locke is consoled by Manu Vatuvei after being pushed into touch against Manly at Eden Park.
Kevin Locke is consoled by Manu Vatuvei after being pushed into touch against Manly at Eden Park.
Warriors' Shaun Johnson heads to the tryline against Manly at Eden Park.
Warriors' Shaun Johnson heads to the tryline against Manly at Eden Park.
An injured Jerome Ropati against Manly at Eden Park.
An injured Jerome Ropati against Manly at Eden Park.
Warriors' Manu Vatuvei tries to pass the ball infield against Manly at Eden Park.
Warriors' Manu Vatuvei tries to pass the ball infield against Manly at Eden Park.

The darkest hour, as they say, comes right before the dawn. That being said, dawn seems a long way off at Mt Smart Stadium these days after a truly horrific season for the Warriors. Ben Stanley runs the rule over the side's best, and worst, this year.

LEWIS BROWN (24 games, 4 tries)

One of six players to appear in every game this season. It's hard to fault his professionalism, effort and vigour, yet the former Tigers hooker hasn't enjoyed consistency at all and will probably be happier playing under "Dad" (Ivan Cleary) at the Panthers next year. Rating: 6/10

BEACON OF HOPE: Prop Ben Matulino was the Warriors' most consistent throughout the season, becoming one of the best props in the world.
BEACON OF HOPE: Prop Ben Matulino was the Warriors' most consistent throughout the season, becoming one of the best props in the world.

GLEN FISIIAHI (4 games, 1 try)

Injuries to incumbent No 1 Kevin Locke served up some time in the first-grade for the "Flying Fish" but a knee injury during training in early July left his chances of consolidating the spot in tatters. Rating: Not enough games.

NATHAN FRIEND (17 games, 2 tries)

Much publicised as the Warriors only 2012 signing, the veteran hooker has been the definition of rock-solid for the club. The Micheal Luck of the No 9 jersey, Friend is a tackling machine but the Warriors have been missing inventiveness out of dummy half . Rating: 6.5/10

PITA GODINET (4 games, 1 try)

Out of favour for the first-grade for most of the season, Godinet got a deserved run against the Raiders last week and looked magnificent. Needs to feature more next year. Rating: Not enough games.

BEN HENRY (24 games, 8 tries)

The surprise package of 2012. A hard-working, mature young man, Henry has showed steel for the Warriors on defence, and has even popped up with some nice support tries on attack. Needs work on positioning, and should be destined for the second row next year. Rating: 7/10

KONRAD HURRELL (17 games, 12 tries)

Another bright spot for the Warriors this season has been the emergence of Hurrell. The Tongan Torpedo has been a massive asset on attack, turning opposition defensive lines to rubble with his bullocking runs. His defence, however, is terrible, despite small improvements over the year. Has been likened to Kiwis legend Olsen Filipaina and has the work ethic to fill those hefty boots. Rating: 7/10

SEBASTINE IKAHIHIFO (4 games, 0 tries)

A young man with a big motor, who should never have been called on in 2012. Injuries meant otherwise. Easing into the first grade through the Vulcans should be the tonic next season. Rating: Not enough games.

KRISNAN INU (3 games, 1 try)

If two words could sum up a season, they are: Krisnan and Inu. A talented, but troublesome player for the Warriors, turned potential Premiership winner for the Doggies. 'Nuff said. Rating: Not enough games.

SHAUN JOHNSON (22 games, 12 tries)

After a stunning debut in 2011, it was always going to be hard for "Magic" Johnson to stay at the same level. Had flashes of brilliancewith his running game but his kicking has sometimes been lacking. Usually mature and professional, but his poorly-timed comments about potentially playing Olympic sevens rubbed many up the wrong way - and led to being dropped for final match. Rating: 6.5/10

JACOB LILLYMAN (16 games, 2 tries)

A bicep injury meant Lillyman sat out the Warriors' opening 10 matches. Hasn't been at his best this year - sense a theme? - but does all the things a member of a first-grade propping battery should - making metres and tackles, and pushing the team forward. In a young team shorn of Micheal Luck, may need to be more of a leader in 2013. Rating: 6/10

KEVIN LOCKE (14 games, 7 tries)

When on the paddock, Locke has been the usual attacking asset for the Warriors at the back of the park. Unfortunately, that hasn't happened regularly this year, with knee and sternum injuries consigning him to the sidelines for large tracts. Has been sorely missed. Rating: 7/10

SIONE LOUSI (22 games, 1 try)

After constant injuries and reports of a poor attitude to training, not much was expected of Lousi at the beginning of the season. How he has turned the doubters around - Lousi has been one of the Warriors most consistent ball carriers in a poor season. Solid, and largely dependable, Lousi is prone to the odd error and defensive mishap, but, overall, a great return in 2012. Rating: 7/10

SAM LOUSI (2 games, 0 tries)

Another promoted, thanks to injuries, the younger Lousi was in first grade before his time. Yet the second rower is immensely rated at the club, and could turn into a real star given time. Rating: Not enough games.

MICHEAL LUCK (6 games, 0 tries)

An unfortunate end to the career of a true champion. Luck has been the heart and soul of the Warriors defence since his debut in 2006, and his absence has had a massive effect on the team's direction on the park this year. Deserved a better send-off last Sunday, with a win rather than the eventual dismal loss to the Raiders. Rating: Not enough games.

JAMES MALONEY (24 games, 4 tries)

After starring last year, much was expected of the yappy standoff in 2012. The simple truth is - he failed to deliver. Maybe his mind was already on his deal with the Roosters but, especially in the second half of the season, his kicking game, running and composure were sorely lacking. Rating: 4/10

SIMON MANNERING (19 games, 3 tries)

You know what you get with Mannering; a hard-running, hard- tackling second rower who doesn't back off a challenge and gives it his all. Same again this season, despite some mistakes. Rating: 6.5/10

ALEHANA MARA (6 games, 0 tries)

An ideal understudy at hooker, Mara got a number of games when incumbent No 9 Nathan Friend broke his jaw mid-year. Explosive out of dummy half, Mara enjoyed his spell at first grade but injury robbed him of more game-time. Rating: Not enough games.

FELETI MATEO (24 games, 3 tries)

While Mateo didn't have his best year , there was plenty to like about the Sydneysider in 2012. Inventive as always in the tackle, the NRL offload king holds the crown so far this year (with 59), though Sharks skipper Paul Gallen could pass him in the playoffs. A potent attacking weapon who may see more time at No 6 in 2013 after a sublime outing last week. Rating: 7/10

BEN MATULINO (22 games, 3 tries)

There's no other way to frame it: Matulino has become one of the world's top front rowers. He's been combative in the tackle as always, and the 23-year-old's running game has reached a new level, meaning second and third tackles have delivered consistent metres this year. At times, the gulf between him and the other forwards was sadly obvious. Rating: 8/10

RUSSELL PACKER (24 games, 0 tries)

After a breakout 2011, Packer would have been looking to consolidate this season. But despite a good first half to the year, he hasn't. Metres over the last few games have been down, while his line-breaking ability has not come on the way the club would have hoped. He's back next year - and the next Warriors coach might need to apply a bit of "tough love" to get Foxton's Finest firing again. Rating: 5/10

SAM RAPIRA (6 games, 0 tries)

Another crucial injury blow for the Warriors. The elder Rapira showed his class in 2011, and in bite sizes this season, but a triceps injury meant his year was over before it started. His loss has been telling. Rating: Not enough games.

STEVE RAPIRA (7 games, 0 tries)

Another Rapira, more injury woes. Such has been the case for Steve since rejoining the Warriors from the Cowboys. Defensively a machine, with some eye-catching hits, but maybe not enough to suggest he'll be a long-term fixture. Rating: Not enough games.

JEROME ROPATI (8 games, 2 tries)

Does Ropati take the title of unluckiest Warrior ever? Surely. After losing a whole season, with only a couple of games last year, history repeated itself, with a dislocated knee in 2012. Again, another senior player whose strength, temperament and leadership were missed. Rating: Not enough games.

OMAR SLAIMANKHEL (5 games, 0 tries)

Perhaps one of the best back stories in rugby league history, the Pakistan-born Afghan refugee has been a star at Toyota Cup level for the Warriors. Out of his depth when handed an NRL start - and will now head to Japanese rugby. Rating: Not enough games.

UKUMA TA'AI (12 games, 1 try)

A powerful utility player, Ta'ai's biggest problem has always been his discipline. Such was the case again in 2012, with some head- shaking errors from the second rower. Heads to Huddersfield to continue his career and probably won't be missed. Rating: 5.5/10

ELIJAH TAYLOR (23 games, 2 tries)

Stepped up to the plate again this year. A relentless tackler with a composed outlook, Taylor is a man the Warriors can, and should, build around, along with the likes of Shaun Johnson and Ben Matulino. With Luck leaving, Taylor emerges as his clear successor at lock. Will be a club mainstay, on and off the field, for years to come. Rating: 7/10

CARLOS TUIMAVAVE (5 games, 1 try)

Only a handful of games so far, and, despite Colin Best handing him a rough introduction to NRL footy in round 22, hasn't looked out of place. Has played off the bench and at fullback for the Warriors, though his future probably lies in the centres. One for the future. Rating: Not enough games.

BILL TUPOU (24 games, 7 tries)

Tupou has continued the reputation he has always had at the Warriors with another season largely flying under the radar. Has shown some skills, most notably in his mid-season double against the Storm, but all too often has been nothing more than the man at the end of the line for the team. Needs to be encouraged to look for more work and to start adding some spice to his job. Rating: 6/10

MANU VATUVEI (20 games, 12 tries)

Poor old Big Manu. The giant winger has tried his heart out this year. Some notably poor performances, such as his showing against the Broncos, but bounced back from them with vigour. May be destined for a role in the forward pack next year. Scored his 100th try for the club, a milestone in their worst performance of the year, a 52-12 drubbing by the Cowboys. Rating: 6/10

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