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Great interview in the herald with Shaun Johnson, he is starting to grasp what structure is and how to apply it, he shouldn't have to push players into position but it's good to see he is thinking about how he plays his part in the structure. Absolute Magic to see him sitting 22nd and not 2nd on the missed tackle list for a change..

Shaun Johnson has forged a reputation as an exciting player capable of doing the unexpected but the Warriors halfback takes more satisfaction out of doing just what his teammates need of him.
The 22-year-old is showing good improvement in 2013, partly because he's had to following the departure of James Maloney to the Roosters, and is learning how to control games. He still has some way to go but, just like his developing partnership with Thomas Leuluai, it's a work in progress.
On Sunday against the Titans, he produced his fourth 40/20 of the season, put intelligent kicks into the corners or deep and took charge of the situation to set up his winning field goal with 90 seconds remaining - the first of his NRL career.
There was little of the jinking runs or flashy passes. And that's OK by Johnson.
His numbers stack up well against other halves in the competition this season. He is first-equal for 40/20s (4), second-equal for tries (4), second-equal in linebreaks (3) and second in tackle breaks (24). His goalkicking has room to improve (61.5 per cent) but his average of 2.2 missed tackles a game, something he comes in for criticism for, is 22nd equal among halves in the NRL.
"I'm happy I'm improving," he said. "You can always get better and that's the direction I am heading in at the moment. I'm understanding my role in the team and [against the Titans] I didn't do anything flashy. I just did my role and that was enough. The fact that we won with that makes me very happy.
"[Learning how to control games is] something that's going to take time. Being a young kid and loving the big lob passes, long balls and steps, I guess it's hard to rein that back at times. A day like [Sunday], when it's wet, windy and slippery, we just had to stick to our shape, our gameplan, our structures. It might not have looked like much to the crowd but, in the team, I know I got a lot more pats on the back from the boys than I have in previous weeks when perhaps I've done that big run or the stuff that looks good to the fans.
"I get more satisfaction out of that. That's not to say I don't like running 80m to score a try, I love it, but certainly playing the type of footy that your teammates expect you to - putting the ball in the corner, the 40/20, run our shape, chase a kick - those little things give me more satisfaction."
So does winning and he rated the 25-24 win over the Titans as "more than just two points". It lifted the Warriors off the foot of the NRL ladder and within four points of the top eight and it's hoped the Warriors can now kickstart what has so far been a stuttering season.
They take on an improving Bulldogs side at Wellington on Saturday night and a win would be the first time they had won consecutive games since last July.
They will have to do it without fullback Kevin Locke, who injured his back against the Titans and is out for at least one week, and his place will be taken by Glen Fisiiahi.
They will also be without centre Jerome Ropati (hamstring), which sees a recall for Konrad Hurrell. Fears prop Sam Rapira might also be sidelined have eased after a scan cleared him of any more damage to an ongoing wrist injury that restricted him to just 24 minutes on Sunday.
Warriors side to play the Bulldogs at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, on Saturday (7.35pm): Glen Fisiiahi, Bill Tupou, Ben Henry, Konrad Hurrell, Manu Vatuvei, Thomas Leuluai, Shaun Johnson, Sam Rapira, Nathan Friend, Russell Packer, Feleti Mateo, Simon Mannering (c), Todd Lowrie, Interchange: Ben Matulino, Jacob Lillyman, Elijah Taylor, Pita Godinet, Carlos Tuimavave.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/warriors-league-team/news/article.cfm?c_id=360&objectid=10882121
 
Sup42

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Bringing in the coaching staff ( a half back coach full time) looks to be the making of this fullah.

Johnson deserves all the credit he is getting. Bringing in Andrew Johns for short coaching clinics was never going to work with Kiwi players ( there are too many deficits in our league development system imo , especially field kicking )

The tackling thing shows you can improve any ones D with extra help too.

Thomas Leiuluai has come on as a good foil for Johnson , way better than the erratic / half arsed Defensive attitude that Maloney had last year.

Hopefully the Warriors coaching staff are looking at that model ( specialist coaching to bring on our U20's stars ) and seeing it as the way to go ( ahead of all the failed attempts to sign big names )

Konrad Hurrell should be the next star Junior ?

we've three former World class Centers at the Warriors, Bell , Wiki , and arguably Ropati.

Bell and Wiki were both 80 minute hard men , ultra professional and focused.

If Hurrell could pick up a few sessions a week with either of those two ( especially Bell ) it might be good use of Deans time.

If we are getting this Super player Tompkins, then having Johnson and Hurrell up to speed would mean getting the most out of the Million plus we are paying for.

Part time Gig at the Warriors for Richie Barnett ? Wing Coach !
 
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"[Learning how to control games is] something that's going to take time. Being a young kid and loving the big lob passes, long balls and steps, I guess it's hard to rein that back at times. A day like [Sunday], when it's wet, windy and slippery, we just had to stick to our shape, our gameplan, our structures. It might not have looked like much to the crowd but, in the team, I know I got a lot more pats on the back from the boys than I have in previous weeks when perhaps I've done that big run or the stuff that looks good to the fans. "I get more satisfaction out of that. That's not to say I don't like running 80m to score a try, I love it, but certainly playing the type of footy that your teammates expect you to - putting the ball in the corner, the 40/20, run our shape, chase a kick - those little things give me more satisfaction."

I quite unashamedly cracked a woody over that. This kid has elevated himself considerably in my estimation. Shameful that game control wasn't taught to him at U20s level though. Mr Ackland, fuck off out of our club.
 
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I quite unashamedly cracked a woody over that. This kid has elevated himself considerably in my estimation. Shameful that game control wasn't taught to him at U20s level though. Mr Ackland, fuck off out of our club.

Me too, it's the first real interview I have seen where he is showing maturity and intellect, and it shows you how important high quality rep football is towards developing a player, because since the Anzac he looks very composed for a great deal of the games..
 
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I have to say, it is something that has certainly stood out to me this season... particularly, beginning with the Kiwis game in the first half, his defence was outstanding. It's not something we are accustomed to talking about, a player being able to make a tackle, but in this case it is noteworthy and a very good sign. Big things coming from young Mr Johnson, I suspect.
 
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SJs defence has improved out of sight this year. Probably the wrong phrase cause its been quite noticeable. What's really pleased me is the amount of 1 on 1 tackles I've seen him pull off. Some have been crucial.

I actually also like how he's pulling other players into line. The more players we have like that the better. I miss Lucks contribution there.

Saw an interview of Shaun Johnson on 40/20 and he was really level headed and diplomatic about his answers. He's showing maturity on and of the field. Gotta love it...
 
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I like the way he's chasing his own kick. It's easy for a half to boot it down field with the go chase it boys type attitude but leading your own kick chase sets a real example.
You don't have to be an old head to lead by example.
i wonder how much he took away from playing alongside foran- they're the same age but foran demanded the respect of fellow players very early and he done it through his defence.
 
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I like the way he's chasing his own kick. It's easy for a half to boot it down field with the go chase it boys type attitude but leading your own kick chase sets a real example.
You don't have to be an old head to lead by example.
i wonder how much he took away from playing alongside foran- they're the same age but foran demanded the respect of fellow players very early and he done it through his defence.
Yeah , he's had a couple of good role models this year , Foran and Tommy in terms of tacklers ( young Forans Maturity is a godsend for Johnson ) I hope Benji is in the extended squad , as silly as it sounds he could be the wrong influence of the new Kiwis.
We'll never know if Foran would have come home for a Million dollars when his contract was up last go around. If Owen wanted to make an Impact on NZ Rugby league , having the national sides potential halves combo in the same team would have made a few crusty league experts sit up and pay attention.
 
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Yeah , he's had a couple of good role models this year , Foran and Tommy in terms of tacklers ( young Forans Maturity is a godsend for Johnson ) I hope Benji is in the extended squad , as silly as it sounds he could be the wrong influence of the new Kiwis.
We'll never know if Foran would have come home for a Million dollars when his contract was up last go around. If Owen wanted to make an Impact on NZ Rugby league , having the national sides potential halves combo in the same team would have made a few crusty league experts sit up and pay attention.

Foran has had a decent head start because of the team he plays in, class players all around him since he got there has limited his responsibility which means he can focus on what he needs to do and not worry about what others are doing. What is expected of Kieron and what is expected of Shaun Johnson is miles apart IMO.
 
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