Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs def by New Zealand score results highlights Shaun Johnson performance Addo-Carr intercept big hits Supercoach scores

The Warriors have come away with a big win over the Bulldogs, piling on the points in a 42-18 victory.

Stacey Jones’ side have broken a four-game losing streak, as Shaun Johnson played a starring role, scoring one and recording two try assists.

The Warriors opened the scoring, courtesy of a Shaun Johnson short ball to find young gun Viliami Vailea.

The 19-year-old made his return to the NRL after suffering a broken jaw during Round 12, crossing untouched.

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Then only moments later, veteran flyer Dallin Watene-Zelezniak flew onto a wayward Matt Burton pass to score from 90 meters out, earning praise from Fox League’s Warren Smith.

“He is a real pro of wing play, a great carrier and he can still scoot,” Smith said.

“He’d have been a great decathlete, he has speed, he has power and great jumping ability.”

The Bulldogs were able to hit back for a try of their own courtesy of some Jake Averillo smarts but again, Stacey Jones’ men crossed.

Reece Walsh found winger Edward Kosi off the back of a scrum in a play labeled “classy” by Fox League’s Shane Flanagan.

“He’s a class player Reece Walsh, that was beautifully done, he just skips on the outside,” Shane Flanagan said.

“That is all class from Reece Walsh.”

After halftime, Walsh had a moment he’d like to forget, fumbling the ball meters out from his own tryline to allow the Bulldogs back into the clash.

Kyle Flanagan was able to scoop up the ball to cross untouched.

“An early error from the Warriors, and the Bulldogs exactly what they needed,” Flanagan said.

“We have a game here in Auckland,” Smith said.

Then, flyer Josh Addo-Carr intercepted a Shaun Johnson pass to score from 80 meters out.

From then on, it was one way traffic with the Warriors asserting their dominance at Mt Smart Stadium.

Johnson hit Eliesa Katoa with an incisive short ball, before skipping through the line for a try of his own.

With only minutes on the clock, Kosi scored his second to secure the victory for the home side — and still they weren’t done.

Bustling prop Addin Fonua-Blake latched onto a late kick to put his head down and score with only seconds left in the contest.

Read below for the three key takeaways from tonight’s clash!

JOHNSON ‘WINDS BACK THE CLOCK’

Veteran playmaker Shaun Johnson has delivered a strong performance to “wind back the clock” and lead his side to a big win over the Bulldogs.

Johnson started the season slowly, with pundits going as far as calling for the 31-year-old to retire.

But now, in the Warriors third game back in Auckland, Johnson stunned his opponents, showingcasing his dazzling footwork to burn through the line and cross at a crucial point in the contest.

“Shaun Johnson, he winds back the clock, he sends Mt Smart wild,” Smith said.

“When he runs the football he can be so dangerous, but lately he just hasn’t done enough,” Flanagan said.

Johnson is clearly enjoying being back at Mt Smart Stadium, and his side have now won two of their three games at their home ground.

The veteran waved to the crowd with a beaming smile on his face after scoring, showing the joy that was clearly missing while the Warriors were playing out of their makeshift Redcliffe base.

“After so long away from home, their third game here at Mt Smart,” Smith said.

“He spent so much time away from his wife and family when he was in Australia earlier this year.

“He as much as anybody is really enjoying being back here in Auckland, where he will finish out his career.”

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ADDO CARR’S SMARTS

Bulldogs winger Josh Addo-Carr has once again proved why he is one of the competition’s premier wingers in his side’s loss to the Warriors.

After sitting back and watching the Warriors attacking patterns in the first half, the former Storm flyer read New Zealand’s offense like a book.

Shaun Johnson attempted to float a pass over to winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, but Addo-Carr charged onto the pass, streaking away for an 80-metre try.

Fox League’s Shane Flanagan couldn’t speak highly enough of Addo-Carr’s effort — being able to pick his moment to strike.

“That man Josh Addo-Carr… he is a smart player, he knows where to be,” Flanagan

“He knew they were going over the top, they went there in the first half, this time Josh Addo-Carr reads it.”

Fox League’s Warren Smith also explained Addo-Carr has put an early season form slump comfortably behind him to record 16 tries in 20 games.

“Read it beautifully and anticipated it was going to the rainbow pass over the top,” Smith said.

“Lean start to the season but he has got going very very well.”

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JONES’ WALSH WISH

Reece Walsh has given Warriors fans two more reason why they will miss the young gun when he makes a move to the Broncos in 2023.

The 20-year-old recorded two “classy” try assists in his side’s 42-18 win over the Warriors, combining with Edward Kosi on both occasions.

The first came off the back of a scrum and earned lofted praise from Fox League’s Shane Flanagan.

“He’s a class player Reece Walsh, that was beautifully done, he just skips on the outside,” Shane Flanagan said.

“That is all class from Reece Walsh.”

Then late in the contest, Fox League’s Warren Smith again praised Walsh for another impressive assist, using minimal space to find Kosi to cross untouched.

“The speed of Reece Walsh, he gets going so quickly,”

“Stacey Jones watching on is probably wishing he could keep Reece Walsh beyond the end of this season, he is going to be something.”

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