Shaun Johnson adamant rush defences won't leave him isolated again

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Shaun Johnson is adamant he won't be left isolated again when his Warriors face Brisbane in the NRL.

Shaun Johnson passes. Penrith Panthers v Vodafone Warriors. NRL Rugby League. Penrith Stadium, Sydney, Australia. 6th July 2018. Copyright Photo: David Neilson / www.photosport.nz

Shaun Johnson.

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The Kiwi playmaker had more reason than most for despondency coming off the 36-4 pasting from Penrith which he said created a "hangover" early in the week.

The Warriors were left questioning themselves for the first time this season while Johnson considered how he was so eclipsed by Panthers rookie Jarome Luai, who tore a listless defence to shreds.

A perennial gripe of Warriors fans is why the mercurial Johnson can run so hot and cold.

With Brisbane likely to employ a rush defence similar to the effective Penrith strategy, Johnson and five-eighth Blake Green have paused for a re-think.

"My involvement's a big one going forward, along with finding out how I can inject myself in a different way when a team wants to try and shut me off like that," Johnson said.

"Where I'm in the team at the moment, I'm floating out the back.

"Greeny is working the middle, so I'm not seeing as much ball in those sorts of games."

Coach Stephen Kearney has retained nearly the same side for the clash between two teams that round out the bottom of the top eight.

However, they are on different trajectories with Brisbane chasing a fourth straight win after a 34-0 blitz of the Gold Coast last week.

Johnson said some bruised egos in the Warriors camp will ensure the Broncos get nothing easy.

"We're just disappointed that you work so hard to build something and it can all come undone in the space of 80 minutes," he said.

"That's what it sort of felt like."

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