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Johnson unconcerned by Fittler remarks

  • Johnson unconcerned by Fittler remarks

    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 30: Shaun Johnson of the Warriors is mobbed by teammates after scoring the winning try to win the match in golden-point period during the round 21 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Penrith Panthers at Mt Smart Stadium on July 30, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson has brushed off former NSW captain Brad Fittler's criticism that he doesn't take on the defensive line often enough.

The 25-year-old star scored a wonder-try with less than a minute to play in his side's golden-point win over Penrith on Saturday night, shaping to kick a field goal before dancing past an onrushing defence to cross.

However Fittler told Australia's Nine Network on Sunday the Kiwi international doesn't "get his jersey dirty" often enough by attacking the line.

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Johnson told reporters on Thursday it was just another opinion.

"It was a wet game and I did a lot of other things in the game that warranted me to play it as I played it," he said.

"I can't get bogged down in what people think too much, I'm confident in what I'm doing."

The Warriors will face the seventh-placed Titans on Sunday, who are coming off a draw with the table-topping Sharks and will be boosted by the debut of Jarryd Hayne.

Johnson said he wouldn't underestimate the scale of the challenge ahead of his eighth-placed side.

"We've got to go over there and play our style of footy and if we can do that, I'm pretty confident we can come away with the result," he said.

"They just matched it with a team that pretty much hasn't lost a game all year."

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