The great man simply tore up the Raiders primarily with his
passing game, but also through a combination of short and long kicking, running
and of course goal-kicking.
I feel as though he could have scored even more if he
decided to take on the line a little more but he essentially didn’t need to as
he picked off runners at will to send his outside men crashing over for try
Special mention to excitement machine Milton Thaiday who had
an absolute blinder at fullback and also a young Kurt Gidley who killed it
The full match replay is below if anyone is interested:
For those who didn’t see much of Joey Johns he was for mine
the greatest player I’ve ever seen lace up a boot.
Cameron Smith is very special but Joey’s skill set was
beyond my wildest dreams and his running game, especially close to the line,
was simply deadly.
You can add in the fact that he was one of the all-time great defenders for his position. He was consistently putting bigger blokes on their backside and his ability to build pressure on opposing sides from most parts of the field meant that he was simply outstanding in all facets of rugby league. I could talk Joey for days!!
In this encounter Johns tallied two tries, five try-assists,
11 conversions, two offloads, five linebreak assists, one linebreak, two try
contributions and a ridiculous 40-20 early in the game.
The incredible part is that he only had one tackle bust for
the match and as mentioned above if he decided he was in a real running mood he
may well have matched or beaten his unofficial SuperCoach record of 281 (also
against the Raiders).
As an avid Joey fan I try to watch as many old games with him as possible. So far that has uncovered 2x double tons, but I sense there could be more. I’ll keep everyone up to date if I find more.