More often than not, Shaun Johnson is the player the Warriors rely on to produce the big play, but as he battled a quad injury in their clash with the Sydney Roosters, it seemed like the magician was had left his bag of tricks in the dressing rooms.
The No.7 was tentative and lacking his usual zip, which held the Warriors – who lost five-eighth Thomas Leuluai to a head injury early on – back as they clung to a 6-4 lead (via three penalty goals) over the 15th-placed Roosters.
Then in the 64th minute, Johnson pulled the trigger. He ran the ball on the last to zip through a gap and beat Roosters fullback Latrell Mitchell for the Warriors’ first try of the match – which ultimately proved the difference in a gritty 12-10 victory.
The Warriors’ third straight win ensured they maintained a share of seventh spot with 11 rounds remaining. Their resurgence faces a strenuous test this weekend, however, as they head to Sydney to take on the ladder-leading Cronulla Sharks on Saturday night.