Album: Sj's Improving Defence

Great interview in the herald with SJ, he is starting to grasp what structure is and how to apply it, he shouldn&#039;t have to push players into position but it&#039;s good to see he is thinking about how he plays his part in the structure. Absolute Magic to see him sitting 22nd and not 2nd on the missed tackle list for a change..<br /> <br /> Shaun Johnson has forged a reputation as an exciting player capable of doing the unexpected but the Warriors halfback takes more satisfaction out of doing just what his teammates need of him.<br /> The 22-year-old is showing good improvement in 2013, partly because he&#039;s had to following the departure of James Maloney to the Roosters, and is learning how to control games. He still has some way to go but, just like his developing partnership with Thomas Leuluai, it&#039;s a work in progress.<br /> On Sunday against the Titans, he produced his fourth 40/20 of the season, put intelligent kicks into the corners or deep and took charge of the situation to set up his winning field goal with 90 seconds remaining - the first of his NRL career.<br /> There was little of the jinking runs or flashy passes. And that&#039;s OK by Johnson.<br /> His numbers stack up well against other halves in the competition this season. He is first-equal for 40/20s (4), second-equal for tries (4), second-equal in linebreaks (3) and second in tackle breaks (24). His goalkicking has room to improve (61.5 per cent) but his average of 2.2 missed tackles a game, something he comes in for criticism for, is 22nd equal among halves in the NRL.<br /> &quot;I&#039;m happy I&#039;m improving,&quot; he said. &quot;You can always get better and that&#039;s the direction I am heading in at the moment. I&#039;m understanding my role in the team and [against the Titans] I didn&#039;t do anything flashy. I just did my role and that was enough. The fact that we won with that makes me very happy.<br /> &quot;[Learning how to control games is] something that&#039;s going to take time. Being a young kid and loving the big lob passes, long balls and steps, I guess it&#039;s hard to rein that bac



Sj's Improving Defence

Updated May 9, 2013
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Great interview in the herald with SJ, he is starting to grasp what structure is and how to apply it, he shouldn't have to push players into position but it's good to see he is thinking about how he plays his part in the structure. Absolute Magic to see him sitting 22nd and not 2nd on the missed tackle list for a change..

Shaun Johnson has forged a reputation as an exciting player capable of doing the unexpected but the Warriors halfback takes more satisfaction out of doing just what his teammates need of him.
The 22-year-old is showing good improvement in 2013, partly because he's had to following the departure of James Maloney to the Roosters, and is learning how to control games. He still has some way to go but, just like his developing partnership with Thomas Leuluai, it's a work in progress.
On Sunday against the Titans, he produced his fourth 40/20 of the season, put intelligent kicks into the corners or deep and took charge of the situation to set up his winning field goal with 90 seconds remaining - the first of his NRL career.
There was little of the jinking runs or flashy passes. And that's OK by Johnson.
His numbers stack up well against other halves in the competition this season. He is first-equal for 40/20s (4), second-equal for tries (4), second-equal in linebreaks (3) and second in tackle breaks (24). His goalkicking has room to improve (61.5 per cent) but his average of 2.2 missed tackles a game, something he comes in for criticism for, is 22nd equal among halves in the NRL.
"I'm happy I'm improving," he said. "You can always get better and that's the direction I am heading in at the moment. I'm understanding my role in the team and [against the Titans] I didn't do anything flashy. I just did my role and that was enough. The fact that we won with that makes me very happy.
"[Learning how to control games is] something that's going to take time. Being a young kid and loving the big lob passes, long balls and steps, I guess it's hard to rein that bac

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