Australian reps were recognised, an act that reflects a lack of respect for those playing for other nations, says Fifita.
The Kiwis were forced to dig deep in the dying minutes, to secure their first win over trans-Tasman rivals in three years.
One of the most heartwarming moments of the 2018 NRL season was viewed very differently by some at the awards dinner.
Tuivasa-Sheck's award made him the first Warrior to win the gong, as he led the club to their first finals series in seven years this season.
"Bridges would have realised that at some point he was going to have to confront Ross. To delay that day of reckoning was to damage both himself and the party," writes our columnist.