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The Warriors broke a three-game deficit with an encouraging performance against the Bulldogs, winning 24-12 at Accor Stadium on Friday night.

With three relatively easy attempts in the first 40 minutes, the Warriors took the lead and led 18-0 at halftime.

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They opened the scoring in the seventh minute after a great sweep from Shaun Johnson confused the Dogs’ defense and Josh Curran was able to blast through and score the try with no one around.

“They got the Doggies,” Dan Ginnane said on Fox League.

The New Zealand side continued to play “at their own pace” in the first half, as Dan Ginnane noted.

The Bulldogs got the odd attacking chance in the first 40 minutes but failed to impress while the Warriors made the most of their chance.

The next cross came in the 25th minute when Addin Fonua-Blake went over the ball with ease as he ran to a clever short ball from Dylan Walker.

It was Fonua-Blake’s fifth try of the season that saw him top the team’s try score list.

Johnson had his fingerprints on the Warriors’ third try when he planted an aimed bomb that was caught by winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak.

“He’s too good, Shaun Johnson,” said Dan Ginnane.

“What a vision. Johnson knew exactly what he was doing. It’s a pleasure to watch,” added Steve Roach.

That attempt came after an interception by Adam Pompey as the Dogs attacked the Warriors’ line.

Pompey ran 50 yards before being knocked down and Watene-Zelezniak scored the next play while the Dogs defense was looking for a clean sheet.

The Bulldogs reacted quickly after the break when youngster Harrison Edwards rushed over the goal from close range in the 45th minute.

Both sides played well on defense for most of the second half as points were difficult to come by.

Though the Bulldogs had a few half-chances, the Warriors kept their nerve, with a late try on young half Ronald Volkman – his first in the NRL that nearly confirmed the result.
The Bulldogs scored a consolation effort through Jayden Okunbor to ensure the score didn’t reflect the true score.

“It was a well-deserved win for the Warriors,” said Dan Ginnane.

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The Warriors essentially finished the game by the end of the first half, with their perennial halfback Shaun Johnson being a big reason.

The 32-year-old, who is yet to sign a contract for next season, set up two attempts by the Warriors with spot-on kicks that the Bulldogs had no response to.

The first of these was a robbery on second rower Josh Curran, chasing him through and scoring with no Bulldogs in sight.

The second was a bomb that Johnson planted in a spot where only Dallin Watene-Zelezniak could catch it and the winger did just that.

This was Johnson’s first game in three games in which he posted a try assist, clearly proving he’s a barometer of the team’s success as they won their first game in a month.

Greg Alexander said during the coverage that he thinks this is the best thing Johnson has ever played.

“He’s chasing kicks, making tackles and doing things that make the Warriors a different team,” he said of the Fox League.

“He’s a world-class player.”

“Try assists, a few forced sitouts and some first class action from Shaun Johnson. He has the keys to the entire engine room,” Cooper Cronk said.

“He’s in a rich shape; He really is turning back the clock.”

“He plays smart, physical and he plays direct and with leadership,” added Yvonne Sampson.

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The dog days are not over yet

Bulldogs players spoke harshly about a quick start throughout the week after being caught with their pants down by the Raiders on the Magic Round.

They failed to deliver on that promise, however, as the visitors took an 18-0 lead in the first half without having to do anything special to score their attempts.

The Bulldogs have now lost five of their last six games and have the worst defense in the league, while their offense remains a major concern with just 187 points in 11 games.

There should be some good news as Josh Addo-Carr returns for the game against the Titans next week, but they need to make some changes to give their fans reason to believe that good things are coming their way.

Karl Oloapu has done enough to secure the five-eighth jersey and perhaps his youthful exuberance is the spark they need to become more menacing.

They’ve got to try something because it’s only going to get worse as the Bulldogs will drop to the bottom of the table if both the Dragons and Tigers win this weekend.

Captain Reed Mahoney didn’t hold back after the loss to the Warriors, saying: “The whole thing was frustrating.

“It’s unacceptable. I don’t have much else to say.

“We need to take a good look at ourselves, including as individuals. We’re just waiting for others to do our job, and that’s not what we’re about.”

– Martin Gabor (NCA Newswire)

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Did anyone predict that base Addin Fonua-Blake would be at the top of the Warriors’ try-scoring list after 11 rounds?

One of this season’s more unlikely performances continued as Fonua-Blake made a first-half try, his fifth four-pointer of the season.

“He did it again. “Addin Fonua-Blake, he has one more try,” Dan Ginnane said on Fox League.

“He was one of their best players in the first half. He’s in a rare form,” added Steve Roach.

Fonua-Blake not only contributes to the result but was great in all aspects of his game.

He ran for 156 yards, recorded 30 tackles and managed three tackle breaks in a great all-around display that saw the Warriors field dominate the Bulldogs forwards.

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