Warriors assistant coach Andrew McFadden fears that the season could be over for star winger Glen Fisiiahi.
The one piece of bad news in the Warriors' 24-14 win over the Tigers at Leichhardt Oval on Friday night was Fisiiahi leaving the field with a suspected torn pectoral muscle.
After returning to Auckland yesterday, McFadden said Fisiiahi might not play again this season and, if that's the case, Ngani Laumape is likely to slot into his position.
"It's not looking good at the moment," McFadden told Sunday News .
"He'll go for scans but the initial diagnosis is that he'll be out for a while with a pec injury.
"If there's a tear there, I think it will [be season over], he'll have to have surgery.
"[Laumape] will slip straight in there. It's very disappointing for Glen, he's been going really well for us and he'll be a big loss."
The win over the Tigers kept the Warriors in the hunt for the top eight, although that 62-6 thrashing by the Panthers a few months ago may come back to haunt them as they have a worse points differential than all the other teams around them on the ladder.
"It is for all of the teams vying for the eight," said Warriors captain Simon Mannering.
"It is still very close and we're going to have to keep stringing the wins together to move up the table.
"This is a crucial part of the year, it's the business end and if we keep winning now it gives us a chance to be there in September."
Man of the match on Friday was Shaun Johnson, who scored two sensational tries. Once again he showed himself to be one of the fastest runners in the NRL with a length-of-the-field run that none of the Tigers players could halt.
His new-found pace was first noted when he chased down the Roosters' Michael Jennings earlier in the season and he puts it down to being fitter now than he was last year.
"I dropped a bit of weight and I think I'm a bit quicker because of that," he said.
When asked if he gets more enjoyment from sprinting away for a try than chasing down someone like Jennings to stop him scoring, Johnson said he chose the latter.
"Although I do like to score tries, and I haven't got many this year, so it was good to get a couple on Friday night - but certainly chasing down someone is more satisfying."
While the Warriors are edging closer to the top eight, Johnson felt that there still hasn't been anything to celebrate from this season.
"We are still sitting outside the top eight and as far as I'm concerned we haven't achieved anything yet," he said.
"We've just got to keep this going. This time last year we let things slip, so it will be interesting to see how we go."
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