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Extra-time winning play thrills Johnson

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/07/2016 Angelo Risso

Shaun Johnson of the Warriors in action during the round 21 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Penrith Panthers at Mt Smart Stadium on July 30, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand © Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images Shaun Johnson of the Warriors in action during the round 21 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Penrith Panthers at Mt Smart Stadium on July 30, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand He couldn't nail the field goal, so he went over for a try instead.

A piece of Shaun Johnson magic gave the Warriors a golden-point NRL win over Penrith in miserable conditions on Saturday at Mt Smart Stadium, the star halfback scoring next to the posts with less than a minute of extra time remaining.

The 25-year-old Kiwi shaped to kick a field goal in the Auckland downpour before dancing past several onrushing Panthers defenders to cross the line and lift his side into the top eight on points difference.

The try meant the Warriors finally claimed a golden-point win, having lost three of their previous four games after the 80 minutes were up.

Johnson couldn't bear to think what another golden-point loss would have done psychologically to his side.

He said the three prior defeats had armed him with a better understanding of when to stick and when to twist in the golden-point period.

"I learnt my lesson from a few weeks ago where I wish I actually did that, to just beat that first player and let instinct take over," Johnson said.

"I was happy I could do that tonight."

Johnson said his side had finally excelled in the extra-time period, holding strong in defence and keeping the Panthers far from the hosts' tryline.

He said the onus was on the Warriors to stay on track, with five games of the season remaining.

"We stayed on task and defended really well, especially with the wind, our ability to keep them 40-50 metres out.

"It was massive for us going forward."

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