Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has a simple answer for why he was able to set a new NRL record for most running metres in a game with 367 in the 18-18 draw with Broncos.
"Back in my Roosters days I just wanted the ball. I was on the wing then, and being on the wing you don’t get much action so every time we’d get to attack I’d come in and make a run ... and back up my runs," he told NRL.com.
"It would be one run … and then another run. I am sure James Maloney and Pearcey [Mitchell Pearce] used to get angry at me but I used to just love it.
"I just wanted the footy, and nothing has changed. As I am developing as a fullback here at the Warriors I am trying to work on my playmaking but my running game is what is getting me in the team week to week so I have to make sure I am bringing that first."
Tuivasa-Sheck’s 367 metres came from 30 of those runs he loves to make, and beat Roosters custodian Anthony Minichiello's record of 364 metres set against the Bulldogs in round three, 2004.
The Warriors fullback, who had run for more than 200 metres six times in 2019, was humbled and blown away when told by NRL.com of his achievement.
"I just found out with you telling me. That is pretty crazy," he said.
"Tommy Turbo has been going outstanding for Manly and just killing it, so that is awesome."
The Warriors lost metre eater Ken Maumalo due to a head knock midway through the second half after he had clocked up 258m. Tuivasa-Sheck had already been clocking up the metres at that stage, and set up a first half try for David Fusitu’a in the process, but when Maumalo left the field his determination to run more increased.
"We practise a lot as a back three. They are like the modern-day forward pack with the way they start the rucks and take on the middle," Tuivasa-Sheck said.
"Unfortunately we were missing big Kenny [Maumalo] at the end and usually he is the one busting the door down so me, David Fuistu’a [145m] and Peta Hiku [242m] put our hand up to take up those runs.
"It was my job and I needed to get it done."
The Warriors led 16-6 and trailed 18-16 late before an Isaac Luke penalty levelled it up. Kodi Nikorima had three shots at field goal in extra time, with his final attempt just floating wide.
"It was tough. I came off the field and was asked 'how do you feel about that one?' and I don’t know how to feel," Tuivasa-Sheck said.
"I thought we did some good stuff early, and then fought our way back at the end. We also did some bad stuff, letting in some easy tries and letting them get over us.
"There were so many field goal attempts and both teams did a good job putting pressure on. I would have loved one of Kodi’s to go over so he could get one over his [former] boys."
The Warriors are on 15 Telstra Premiership points, three out of the top eight.
"This competition is just crazy. We haven’t been having a good run but we are right there," Tuivasa-Sheck said.
"We just have to keep that belief going and putting in performances like this and hopefully we can snatch two points on the road, and then another two points the next game.
"The coaching staff here have been awesome at keeping us hungry and making sure we keep believing in the system and keep doing the job. We have done that the last couple of weeks.
“Last year we were seventh and got knocked out against Penrith in the semis. We’d love to have another crack and compete against the best on the big stage. That is where I want to take this side."