Roger Tuivasa-Sheck ran for 288 metres against the Broncos in Round 6.

Warriors' mixed feelings on RTS

For the New Zealand Warriors, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is a bit like that Christmas present you get a peek of while it's being wrapped but then can't play with.

Twice in their next five games the Warriors will come face-to-face with their future teammate on the field, getting a bittersweet taste of what they can look forward to once RTS arrives on a three-year deal next season.

Averaging 239 running metres per game in 2015 the Auckland-born fullback leads the Telstra Premiership in yardage gained, with over 800 more total metres than his nearest rival Aaron Woods.

Ahead of Saturday's meeting with the Roosters at Mt Smart Stadium the Warriors have dedicated much of their video analysis time to Tuivasa-Sheck, and prop Ben Matulino admits it's been a mix of emotions. 

"I can't wait to get him across to our club, it's going to be good," Matulino told NRL.com.

"This weekend we get to watch Roger play at his future home and I know the crowd will be buzzing for that.

"But that's a fair while away, and we just have worry about cutting him off this weekend. Hopefully he's not running off the shoulder of Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Sam Moa too much."

 

After playing alongside Tuivasa-Sheck for the Kiwis over the past three years Matulino said he was in awe of the way in which he handles himself on and off the field, especially considering he only turned 22 last week.

"It's pretty crazy, and for someone who is so young," Matulino said. 

"I think if you have met him it's clear he's a good kid and a professional.

"To get all that sorted by the age he is it's a major credit to their club [the Roosters] and himself."

Running metres aren't the only thing which makes Tuivasa-Sheck dangerous on the ball.

In 12 games this season he has broken through 52 tackles, set up four tries and scored as many himself, and veteran Warriors wing Manu Vatuvei believes RTS has now reached a level where his influence on games can only be limited, not entirely shut down. 

"We can't stop him all time, but the more we do the better," Vatuvei said.

"Roger is the danger man for his team, and if we stop him getting his game on then that's a positive for us… he's on fire at the moment and we just have to do a job on our kick chase and make sure we get numbers on him and stop him.

"There's a lot of strike in the Roosters' team, especially with Blake Ferguson back, it will give them a lot of confidence."

In addition to starring on the field Tuivasa-Sheck has been a revelation on the NRL Fantasy front in 2015, averaging 47.7 points per game to currently sit as the second-ranked winger/fullback in the competition.