The NRL debut of twenty year old Shaun Johnson was more eagerly anticipated by some than the second coming.
An attacking genius it is said of him. Fleet of foot with speed to burn, he has yearned for his turn. Two years in Toyota Cup to learn his trade, would he make the grade?
Well, he gets a pass mark.
He didn’t do anything wrong on what was a bludger of a night. So don’t hold a grudge, after all he is a blank canvas waiting to caress a deluge of attacking vistas vividly across the NRL landscape. With the weather not on a high, in fact more to the nether, all Johnson could do was make the most of a difficult situation.
That attacking fun will come but in the meantime he had to content himself with sticking to the basics. This he did a fine job of.
His long kicking game didn’t win fame on the night but still it was more than adequate. His short kicking game was far from lame but it has the potential to tame.
When defensive duties came it did not tarnish his good name. Sure, he missed one tackle early on but in the main the young man was more than game.
So, suffice it to say, a desirable first-up effort from the superstar in the making.