NRL: Warriors coach Stephen Kearny downplays injuries to Johnson, Luke, Blair

  • 06/05/2018
Shaun Johnson.
Shaun Johnson. Photo credit: Photosport

The Warriors are counting the cost of their thrilling 26-4 win over the Wests Tigers in the NRL after three key players left the field with injuries.

Issac Luke (shoulder), Shaun Johnson (ankle) and Adam Blair (ankle) all failed to see out the match at Mt Smart Stadium - Johnson's injury may be the worst after he was seen on crutches and in a moon boot after the match.

Luke felt the field in the 55th minute after his shoulder popped out attempting to make a tackle, while both Blair and Johnson left in the final 10 minutes with their ankle injuries.

Speaking to reporters after the match, coach Stephen Kearney's post-match diagnosis of all three injuries should put a smile on the faces of the worried Warriors fans faces.

"Shaun will need to get scans tomorrow, but I was pleased to see that he walked off the field," Kearney said. "We'll see how that pulls up.

"Bully [Luke] is in the sheds at the moment throwing his arm above his head, so he seems ok, but you just need to see how they pull up over the next few days. He has had that injury before. And Adam has just rolled an ankle so I think he'll be ok."

"I'd put my house on it that Blairy plays next week and Bully is not quite doing cartwheels, but he's out there trying to convince me that he's fine," he said.

Issac Luke with Benji Marshall.
Issac Luke with Benji Marshall. Photo credit: Photosport

"Shaun is walking around ok too but, until we get the scans back, we won't know the full story."

The win over the Tigers was the Warriors seventh in nine games this season - compared to last year where the Warriors won seven in 24 games.

It was also a positive way to bounce back after last week's Anzac Day horror show against the Melbourne Storm which the Warriors lost 50-10.

Kearney challenged his players to play harder than they did against Melbourne and they didn't disappoint.

"Overall I was pleased with that performance for a number of reasons.

"Coming off the back of that Melbourne game we were coming here tonight against a team that scraps really hard so for the guys to perform like that, I was just really pleased."

The Warriors now turn their attention to next weekend's clash against the Sydney Roosters - a side who they have already beaten this season [30-6] and have won four-straight against in previous encounters.