Shaun Johnson could be the Warriors’ saviour next season but he was no friend to his future teammates in their 20-12 loss to Cronulla at Kogarah Jubilee Stadium.
- The Sharks stay in eighth place on the ladder following the win
- They scored tries through Connor Tracey, Braydon Trindall and Braden Hamlin-Uele
- The Warriors crossed the stripe with tries to Reece Walsh and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
Johnson played a starring role in the three-tries-to-two victory, which put the Sharks’ season back on track.
They hold down eighth position on the ladder, having recovered from a shock defeat to Brisbane last week.
The Warriors now have an uphill battle to force their way into the top eight over the next two months with just five wins this season.
They looked dangerous early when teenage star Reece Walsh shot through to score off a grubber kick from recent recruit Dallin Watene-Zelezniak.
Sharks winger Siona Katoa took a swing at the ball to knock it dead but Walsh was quick to pounce.
It was an ominous start for the would-be Queensland State of Origin fullback on his return from a hamstring injury, but he had a tough outing from then on.
He knocked on a kick close to the line to invite the Sharks back in at 6-6 and was later steamrolled by Braden Hamlin-Uele on the way to the Cronulla forward’s try.
The rampaging Sharks prop pulled off the post-try celebration of the season after seemingly knocking out teammate Jack Williams with a punch to the head, and then elbowing him on the ground.
The move shocked all for a split second before it was realised what was happening.
It was all an elaborate and convincing act to raise money for ex-NRL player Moses Masoe, who suffered a spinal injury while playing at the start of 2020.
Tries to Connor Tracey and Braydon Trindall on his 22nd birthday got the Sharks to a 20-6 lead at half-time.
They managed to hold their scoreboard advantage in a gritty second half, with Roger Tuivasa-Sheck scoring a late consolation try for the Warriors.