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Warriors confident over halves' fitness

  • Warriors confident over halves' fitness

    CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 14: Shaun Johnson of the Warriors runs with the ball during the round 10 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the New Zealand Warriors at AMI Stadium on May 14, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

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

McFadden said it was a case of waiting to see how both players pulled up after training, but he was confident they will take their place in the starting 13.

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

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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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