It is the closest you can get without actually having an NRL jumper on your back. Recently, the New Zealand Warriors’ superstar halfback Shaun Johnson agreed to play against the Brisbane Broncos with a microphone attached under his jumper for Fox Sports television program Sterlo.
From the opening try of the night you can hear Johnson, who had just sent his captain Simon Mannering over the line, yapping away like all good leaders do. And it doesn’t stop there – moments later he is back at it as he prepares to take the conversion.
Even when Brisbane’s bullocking prop Ben Hannant charges over it is Johnson pleading with his teammates to knuckle back down in what turns out to be one of the games of the year.
In the 52nd minute, the Warriors score a try wide out on the western touchline, but it all came from Johnson’s call seconds earlier over 30 metres away.
It’s not every day you get to hear a star playmaker at the peak of his powers doing what he does best, and despite the loss, Johnson has given us a small taste of what it is like to be an NRL halfback in one of the most gruelling competitions on the planet.
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