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Johnson admits 'unacceptable' NRL mistake

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/05/2016 Daniel Gilhooly
Shaun Johnson © Getty Shaun Johnson

Playmaker Shaun Johnson says his glaring brain fade against the Panthers was symptomatic of a Warriors team struggling to slash a debilitating error count.

Johnson mixed good with very bad in the 30-18 NRL loss in Christchurch, rattled by strong winds he says were the worst he has played in.

The wind wasn't at fault when the Kiwis international gifted an early try to Jamie Soward. His attempted offload while being driven back fell limply into the in-goal area.

"I looked for an easy way out," he said.

"It's unacceptable and I think the important thing is we learn from it.

"It is frustrating and it doesn't reward the boys in the middle who are working hard."

Johnson was guilty of putting the ball dead when kicking with the wind more than once but pointed out Soward had the same problems.

The wind was so strong it was difficult to simply drop the ball accurately onto the kicking foot, he said.

Communication was also difficult, which may have led to some of the defensive meltdowns.

But Johnson didn't want to make excuses as they crashed to a sixth loss from 10 games.

"On our right edge we were pulled apart a couple of times. It's just soft and it's so frustrating."

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