Shaun Johnson may have been the star of the show in Saturday’s historic 22-18 win for the Kiwis over Australia, but he is quick to pass on the credit to the forwards for the victory.
Johnson scored a superb solo try and kicked three goals in the win that crowned New Zealand as Four Nations champions for the first time since 2010, but the Warriors halfback said he was only able to have such a big game because of the work done by the forwards, particularly with their offloads.
“As a half, there’s no way I could have jumped on the back of it if they weren’t doing that,” Johnson said. “They’ve been doing it for a few weeks now and I’m just glad I could execute on the back of it.”
Johnson was the architect of one of the game’s best tries, when he used his impressive footwork to beat a few defenders, pull in some tacklers, and throw a brilliant long-range pass to Manu Vatuvei who scored in the corner.
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