War­riors skip­per find­ing it ‘tough’

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War­riors coach Todd Payten has paid trib­ute to the ef­forts of his club cap­tain Roger Tuiv­asa-Sheck as the star full­back grap­ples with play­ing an NRL season away from his fam­ily.

The War­riors won their lat­est fix­ture 26-20 against the Wests Tigers, with Tuiv­asa-Sheck putting in yet another stand­out per­for­mance.

His coach then re­vealed in a post­match press con­fer­ence just how hard it has been for the 2018 Dally M Medal win­ner this season.

“He’s prob­a­bly do­ing it the tough­est out of all of us, to be fair. He’s the only Kiwi over here with­out his fam­ily and he’s got two ba­bies un­der three, so I know he’s not con­tent.

“He’s a lit­tle bit mud­dled with his feel­ings, he’s al­ways on the phone, and it’s tough for him. He’s got to lead a club, he’s got to lead a footy team, and some days, I can just see the bur­den he car­ries on his shoul­ders. I’m proud he’s do­ing what he’s do­ing.”

Although mem­bers of the War­riors squad whose fam­i­lies are on Aus­tralian pass­ports have been able to en­ter Aus­tralia, any­one with a New Zealand pass­port has been un­able to do so due to Covid-19 re­stric­tions.

David Fusitu’a, Ken Mau­malo, Ag­natius Paasi and King Vu­niyayawa all opted to re­turn home this past week after their fam­i­lies were re­fused en­try. How­ever, Payten said Tuiv­asaSheck has never con­sid­ered a sim­i­lar move, although he has sug­gested he look at tak­ing steps to re­unite with his fam­ily on Aus­tralian soil.

“I made the de­ci­sion to bring my fam­ily over and I told him it has been a weight off my shoul­ders and I think you should do the same,” Payten said.

“I know his fam­ily’s got fam­ily at home which is re­ally good help. But I know how I feel and there are days when you need them around. He has

said it openly that his fam­ily makes him happy.”

● The in­jury-hit Roost­ers did just enough to get past a gritty Gold Coast, win­ning 18-12 at the SCG yes­ter­day to re­tain a top-four spot thanks to star Ki­wis centre Joey Manu.

With both Mor­ris twins join­ing a bulging Roost­ers in­jured list, the hosts strug­gled to put last year's wooden spoon­ers away — de­spite the Ti­tans twice hav­ing play­ers in the sin bin.

For­tu­nately for them, the back-to­back pre­miers had Manu. His leap­ing 58th-minute try and mir­a­cle first-half try-saver on Phillip Sami saved the Tri­colours' blushes.

● Can­berra held on for a cru­cial 14-12 vic­tory over the North Queens­land Cow­boys in a bruis­ing en­counter last night in Townsville.

English­man John Bate­man made a suc­cess­ful re­turn from a long in­jury lay­off as the Raiders over­came a slow start and an early sec­ond-half deficit to break the Cow­boys' hearts.

● The Pen­rith Pan­thers went three points clear at the top of the ta­ble with a com­pre­hen­sive 42-12 vic­tory over the Manly Sea Ea­gles, their sev­enth win in a row. The Pan­thers were 22-0 up in­side half an hour and never looked back, with Nathan Cleary prom­i­nent, con­tribut­ing 18 points.

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Roost­ers Joey Manu and Luke Keary (No 6) cel­e­brate.

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