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Warriors fans hit back after Fittler criticises Johnson

Sporting News Sporting News 31/07/2016

Brad Fittler has crticised the work ethic of New Zealand Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson. © Cameron Spencer/Getty Images Brad Fittler has crticised the work ethic of New Zealand Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson. Warriors fans are furious with Brad Fittler after the former NSW great questioned the work ethic of Shaun Johnson.

Speaking on The Footy Show on Sunday after the Warriors’ golden point win over Penrith, Fittler said the Kiwi side would win many more games if Johnson was willing to put in the work.

“He needs to get his jersey dirty sometimes,” Fittler said.

“I think sometimes he plays off the line a lot. If he comes off with a dirty jersey they would win a lot.”

A clip of the comments was posted on social media on Sunday, prompting a backlash from many Warriors fans.

“I can’t believe Channel 9 have stuck with him. Every time he opens his mouth especially as a sideline commentator he just speaks rubbish,” wrote Mike.

Shaun Johnson of the Warriors in action during the round 21 NRL match against the Penrith Panthers at Mt Smart Stadium on July 30, 2016 in Auckland © Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images Shaun Johnson of the Warriors in action during the round 21 NRL match against the Penrith Panthers at Mt Smart Stadium on July 30, 2016 in Auckland Johny added: “he wants him to be a dirty nsw scrub like he was,” while Mark suggested there’s a reason for Freddy not liking the Warriors.

“He hasn’t liked the Warriors since he got injured by the gorilla in the 2002 final,” he said, referring to the shot Richard Villasanti put on which left Fittler bleeding from the head.

While Freddy copped his fair share of criticism from Warriors fans, there were a few across the ditch who agreed with his assessment.

“Good feedback, not criticism in my books,” said John.

“Spot on Fittler. Thought his comments are constructive. SJ does seem to hold back…but when he takes them on he’s magic,” wrote Harry. 

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