The halfback has now kicked himself Dally M Medal arguing he was in 10th place when the voting went behind closed doors in the 12th round.
Heading into Friday night’s game in Auckland, the Raiders were one place above the Warriors in fourth, but with the latter jumping ahead of them to third, the Storm would still be playing in the round.
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It was a stunning turnaround from the Rebels who put the game in golden position, trailing 20-10 with two minutes to go.
Elliott Whitehead played brilliantly before Jack Wighton made it regular.
Jarrod Croker was unable to convert the try, sending the game into extra time.
Jamal Fogarty’s costly kick in the first set gave the Warriors a 20m restart before Johnson got into the attacking half.
After finishing 14th last year, the Warriors have turned their season around and now pose as a premiership threat.
Rugby legend Paul Vautin has been full of praise for the team’s new coach during the Nine’s Broncos v Rabbitohs game.
“Andrew Webster, he just turned the whole team around, well done to him,” Vautin said.
Niukore has finished
Warriors second rower Marata Niukore gave his team a strong start when he kicked a hole in the opening shifts.
Hudson Young leveled it with a breakaway attempt off the back of a Warriors error in the 18th minute.
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After the goal shortly after, the Warriors went into halftime with a 14-6 lead thanks to former Raider Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad’s halftime score.
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Try-scorer Dallin Watene-Zelezniak was the first over half-time, and by the 56th minute the Warriors led 20-6 thanks to a goal.
Raiders striker Jordan Rapana gave his side the lead when he crossed in the 63rd minute.
The practice started later in the game before Johnson’s hitter sealed the victory.and
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