26 Nov 2013

Semi-final try a "blur" for Johnson

5:44 am on 26 November 2013

The Kiwis team's game-breaker Shaun Johnson says his match-winning try to put his side into the Rugby League Cup final was redemption for his worst performance of the tournament.

Johnson, whose tally of 12 points took him to within six of the World Cup record of 76 set by Australia's Mick Cronin in 1995, came to the Kiwis' rescue on Sunday at Wembley with a last-minute try that levelled the scores and he then kicked the conversion to seal a dramatic 20-18 victory.

Johnson rated the moment "by far the biggest of my career" but was critical of his overall performance and blamed himself for the Sam Burgess try that put England in front 14 minutes from the end.

He says they'll need to improve significantly top beat Australia in the final.

The Kangaroos kept their goal-line intact for the fourth consecutive match as they thrashed Fiji 64-0 in the second semi-final.