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Shaun Johnson cross-field kick, ex-Warriors coach slams halfback’s game management, Warriors v Dragons reaction


Shaun Johnson confirmed glimpses of his good greatest on his return to the Warriors however a former coach has pulled no punches in taking goal on the star halfback’s sport administration.

Johnson’s efficiency in Saturday’s 28-16 loss to the Dragons included some large performs together with a attempt help and 40-20 kick. However a weird determination to attempt a low-percentage crossfield kick on the second deal with, when the Warriors have been solely two factors behind with loads of time on the clock, drew the ire of former Warriors coach Tony Kemp.

“To be brutally sincere, he’d be the primary bloke I’d convey into the workplace this morning and provides him a boot,” Kemp advised SENZ Breakfast.

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“For kicking that ball on the second deal with once they have been solely two factors behind.

“He simply made on my depend 4 large errors that actually put his facet beneath stress.

“I hoped that he’d come again from Cronulla with a bit extra administration beneath his belt.”

The Warriors leed 16-14 and seemingly had all of the momentum early within the second half solely to let the Dragons run away with it.

“They shouldn’t have misplaced that sport, however for those who’re finishing 60 per cent, handing the ball over and compounding it with penalties – they led the penalty depend two to 1,” Kemp mentioned.

“You possibly can’t try this within the NRL, you’ll be able to’t try this in opposition to any of the perimeters.”

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NRL legend Greg Alexander mentioned earlier on the Fox League protection the important thing for Johnson’s New Zealand return can be complimenting his game-changing ability with a extra mature and composed strategy to the sport.

“It’s concerning the expertise, management, the choice making. It’s not all concerning the brilliance,” he mentioned.

“Though I’m an unabashed Johnson fan as a result of he can do issues that not many might. However a bit of little bit of magic combined in with determination making and as we mentioned earlier than, he’ll be an ideal signing.”


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