Player Shaun Johnson

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Didnt notice this and havent seen replay yet but did see an odd interaction between Shaun Johnson and Aitken after Aitken scored. Looked like Aitken was brushing Shaun Johnson. Was weird.
Had a look- just looks like the celebration had already finished by the time Shaun Johnson got there- we were still behind at that stage so no point getting carried away.
I hadn’t noticed watching live but it was actually the Shaun Johnson run the play before that dragged all the defense over to the right opening up the space for asi to put aitken over on the left.
 
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Mr Bob

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Surprised they didn’t interview him after his clutch FG to get his thoughts on the game …..

Would have given us a good clue on where his head is at
 
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TeetsNRL

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Had a look- just looks like the celebration had already finished by the time Shaun Johnson got there- we were still behind at that stage so no point getting carried away.
I hadn’t noticed watching live but it was actually the Shaun Johnson run the play before that dragged all the defense over to the right opening up the space for asi to put aitken over on the left.

It was massive. Pulled the Raiders edge forward to the 50 (middle of the field).

Forced Papalii to roll out to the 4 spot and Dejarn got outside him easy turning 4 v 4 into 4 v 3 with acres of space.
 
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It was massive. Pulled the Raiders edge forward to the 50 (middle of the field).

Forced Papalii to roll out to the 4 spot and Dejarn got outside him easy turning 4 v 4 into 4 v 3 with acres of space.
He also pulled off a try saver on wighton with about 5 to go which would’ve iced the game for them.
That fg wasn’t his only big play.
Did he have a good game? Not really.
Do we win it without him? Hell no.
 
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WarriorDave

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He also pulled off a try saver on wighton with about 5 to go which would’ve iced the game for them.
That fg wasn’t his only big play.
Did he have a good game? Not really.
Do we win it without him? Hell no.
Same boat.

Do I miss the magic Johson step/miracle tries? Hell yeah.
Would I be happy never seeing one again if it meant him icing games that'd we'd otherwise lose? Absolutely.
 
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tajhay

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For anyone wanting more Warriors content - Shaun Johnson has restarted posting his Vlogs. It's an interesting insight into his life and the Warriors.



This covers his first game back for the Warriors.
 
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Aman

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You have to question whether we've all been hoodwinked into nostalgia once again. Should we have moved on from Shaun Johnson and let the healing process do its thing? Was bringing back the past a good thing or bad?

Fitzgibbon sticking with Moylan (who is dog shit) over Shaun Johnson surely says something?
 

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Mr Bob

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Time for him to retire or go to Super League. That effort was appalling.
I didn’t watch the game. Was he trying too hard or just disinterested?

I would have expected him to prove a point but it seems the sharks were right in letting him walk…
 
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Makasene

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I didn’t watch the game. Was he trying too hard or just disinterested?

I would have expected him to prove a point but it seems the sharks were right in letting him walk…

It wasn't that he was trying too hard but he seemed over-emotional about facing his old team.

He just didn't control the game. Absolutely atrocious last play options and was totally taken to school by Hynes
 
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It wasn't that he was trying too hard but he seemed over-emotional about facing his old team.

He just didn't control the game. Absolutely atrocious last play options and was totally taken to school by Hynes

Brown should have had comforting words to him before the game about nerves and keeping composure.

But it’s Brown, and we know he’s shit when it comes to emotional intelligence
 
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Makasene

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Brown should have had comforting words to him before the game about nerves and keeping composure.

But it’s Brown, and we know he’s shit when it comes to emotional intelligence

I kind of liked SJs opening to the game. He tried to take it to them and looked up for it - not a level of intensity you can sustain though

But ultimately, the needs changed once we went a man up and he wasn't capable of adjusting sadly.
 
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I kind of liked SJs opening to the game. He tried to take it to them and looked up for it - not a level of intensity you can sustain though

But ultimately, the needs changed once we went a man up and he wasn't capable of adjusting sadly.
It seemed to me after Shaun Johnson’s first run that his mindset was that he had done his bit for the day.

I shudder every time he is at dummy half (usually around our own goal line on 1st tackle) as his pass to the runner is so slow that the receiver is always going to get smashed behind the ad line
 
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Anyone got a subscription they can share?..


Shaun Johnson is adamant the Warriors are not far away from a complete performance but admits there are a multitude of issues to fix.

Sunday's abject display against Cronulla will bring doubts about the Auckland club back to the surface, as they sunk to an awful 29-10 defeat against the shorthanded Sharks, who had fullback Will Kennedy sent off in the 16th minute.

Losing to a 12-man team is bad enough but getting completely outplayed is another thing altogether.

"It was disappointing, very frustrating," Johnson told the Herald. "We didn't control the ball when we had the opportunity to, didn't build pressure and they probably showed us exactly how it should be done, with 12 people."

It was a bemusing, bizarre watch.

In front of a raucous crowd, the undermanned Sharks gradually got more and more belief, while the Warriors regressed as the match went on. They were unable to put Cronulla's defence under any kind of sustained pressure and lacked the smarts and execution to utilise their numerical advantage.

They were defensively porous, gave up cheap penalties, continued the recent pattern of handling errors and poor ball control and made bad decisions under pressure.

"There are so many parts of our game at the moment - that it's compounding another part of our game," said Johnson. "It is not one thing we have to fix. It is a number of things that will just relieve it and make it a little bit easier for us in the long run. But we have a short turnaround; got to brush it off pretty quick."

That won't be easy. After going ahead 10-6 with two quick tries following Kennedy's dismissal, the Warriors fell into a fug. They were trapped in their own territory for six successive sets – eventually ceding a try – and the Sharks looked more likely to score again before the break.

The Warriors had a chance to reset at halftime but were unable to carry out their plan.

"[It was] literally to go out there and get into a grind with them," said Johnson. "Don't look for quick solutions. It's not like we weren't saying the right things. But then when you are out there, you see the spaces and you push a little pass here and there, it just undoes it all.

"We are [not] too far off in terms of putting together a performance [but] it is certainly frustrating when you are not executing exactly what you are saying."

To his credit, Johnson wasn't shirking any responsibility, as the senior member of the Warriors' spine, admitting his work in possession was well short of the standard required.

The Sharks enjoyed 59 per cent, and forced five goal line dropouts to one, as Nicho Hynes had the ball on a string.

"I don't think we managed the game well at all," said Johnson. "Just flustered on last play and it's not good enough. It's not good enough when I pride myself on last plays and my kicking game.

"I'm a part of that problem. If your halfback can not kick the ball [for] seven tackles and can just force a repeat there, it just changes things; not throw the ball to the backrower on last play, ask him to come up with the play, you take it.


"That is me looking at areas that I can improve. If all of us as a team can look at where we can improve, next week should be a good one."

Johnson cut a dejected figure, with his return to the Shire an unhappy one, after 44 games for Cronulla between 2019-2021, though he dismissed suggestions that this defeat was more painful than the recent 70-10 mauling in Melbourne.

"At least we had a crack, we had effort there," said Johnson. "[In] the Storm game we quit at certain stages in that game and I don't think we did that [on Sunday].

"We played against a good team; there is probably no better team that could play the way they did with 12 people. Fit, smaller middles that can ball play, and two halves playing off the cuff footy on the back of it. It was impressive how they controlled the ball. There was certainly some lessons there."




Hopefully didn't do stuff that up, copy pasting on my phone
 
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Shaun Johnson is adamant the Warriors are not far away from a complete performance but admits there are a multitude of issues to fix.

Sunday's abject display against Cronulla will bring doubts about the Auckland club back to the surface, as they sunk to an awful 29-10 defeat against the shorthanded Sharks, who had fullback Will Kennedy sent off in the 16th minute.

Losing to a 12-man team is bad enough but getting completely outplayed is another thing altogether.

"It was disappointing, very frustrating," Johnson told the Herald. "We didn't control the ball when we had the opportunity to, didn't build pressure and they probably showed us exactly how it should be done, with 12 people."

It was a bemusing, bizarre watch.

In front of a raucous crowd, the undermanned Sharks gradually got more and more belief, while the Warriors regressed as the match went on. They were unable to put Cronulla's defence under any kind of sustained pressure and lacked the smarts and execution to utilise their numerical advantage.

They were defensively porous, gave up cheap penalties, continued the recent pattern of handling errors and poor ball control and made bad decisions under pressure.

"There are so many parts of our game at the moment - that it's compounding another part of our game," said Johnson. "It is not one thing we have to fix. It is a number of things that will just relieve it and make it a little bit easier for us in the long run. But we have a short turnaround; got to brush it off pretty quick."

That won't be easy. After going ahead 10-6 with two quick tries following Kennedy's dismissal, the Warriors fell into a fug. They were trapped in their own territory for six successive sets – eventually ceding a try – and the Sharks looked more likely to score again before the break.

The Warriors had a chance to reset at halftime but were unable to carry out their plan.

"[It was] literally to go out there and get into a grind with them," said Johnson. "Don't look for quick solutions. It's not like we weren't saying the right things. But then when you are out there, you see the spaces and you push a little pass here and there, it just undoes it all.

"We are [not] too far off in terms of putting together a performance [but] it is certainly frustrating when you are not executing exactly what you are saying."

To his credit, Johnson wasn't shirking any responsibility, as the senior member of the Warriors' spine, admitting his work in possession was well short of the standard required.

The Sharks enjoyed 59 per cent, and forced five goal line dropouts to one, as Nicho Hynes had the ball on a string.

"I don't think we managed the game well at all," said Johnson. "Just flustered on last play and it's not good enough. It's not good enough when I pride myself on last plays and my kicking game.

"I'm a part of that problem. If your halfback can not kick the ball [for] seven tackles and can just force a repeat there, it just changes things; not throw the ball to the backrower on last play, ask him to come up with the play, you take it.


"That is me looking at areas that I can improve. If all of us as a team can look at where we can improve, next week should be a good one."

Johnson cut a dejected figure, with his return to the Shire an unhappy one, after 44 games for Cronulla between 2019-2021, though he dismissed suggestions that this defeat was more painful than the recent 70-10 mauling in Melbourne.

"At least we had a crack, we had effort there," said Johnson. "[In] the Storm game we quit at certain stages in that game and I don't think we did that [on Sunday].

"We played against a good team; there is probably no better team that could play the way they did with 12 people. Fit, smaller middles that can ball play, and two halves playing off the cuff footy on the back of it. It was impressive how they controlled the ball. There was certainly some lessons there."




Hopefully didn't do stuff that up, copy pasting on my phone
Well that was overly optimistic from him. They’re ages away from doing anything competitive.

Their best hope is to get everyone back from injury and pray for no more injuries/suspensions, otherwise they are spoon bound.
 
Mr Bob

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Well that was overly optimistic. They’re ages away from doing anything competitive.

Their best hope is to get everyone back from injury and pray for no more injuries/suspensions, otherwise they are spoon bound.

We are too good for the spoon - but definitely bottom 4 bound…
 
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J_P

Idk…. I still rate us a chance for the bottom 6
When you're arguing between bottom 4 and bottom 6...
I can't even come up with the punchline.
I will say it's best to self depreciate and joke about rather than let it consume you and ruin your mood. Me and my mate who's a bunnies supporter have been joking about which of our own teams is more likely to get a hiding in our upcoming match.
 
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