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Warriors confident over halves' fitness

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 21/06/2016

Warriors coach Andrew McFadden has eased concerns over halves pairing Shaun Johnson and Thomas Leuluai, saying he expects both to be fit to face NRL front runners Cronulla in Sydney.

McFadden says it's a case of waiting to see how both players pull up after training, but he's confident they will take their place in the starting 13 on Saturday.

A thigh strain meant Johnson didn't train last week until the captain's run the day before the match against the Sydney Roosters.

But he still managed to conjure up what turned out to be the decisive score in a 12-10 win, stepping his way over for a try with 16 minutes to go.

McFadden said Johnson would again have a limited load on the practice pitch this week.

"Obviously it's a short week and he's still a bit sore, but we also know he needs to get out there and train," he said on Wednesday.

"We'll have to monitor that."

Leuluai lasted just nine minutes against the Roosters before going off after a head knock and not returning.

McFadden said Leuluai had passed all his concussions tests and would be assessed to see how he came through training before getting the all-clear.

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