Broncos' Kahu in fine form at fullback
For the second time in three weeks Broncos fullback Jordan Kahu produced a try-saving tackle in the dying minutes to help his side to victory.
A fortnight ago the 24-year-old New Zealander denied Sharks back-rower Jayson Bukuya a certain try, and again at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday stopped a much bigger man with a textbook tackle metres out from the line.
With the score tied 16-all centre Solomone Kata looked odds-on to cross for his second try of the match, which would have all but secured victory for the home side, before Kahu intervened.
It capped off an impressive day for the custodian, who was peppered with bombs from Shaun Johnson and Chad Townsend for much of the second half on a blustery and wet Sunday afternoon in Auckland.
"I can take a lot of confidence out of that and it's just good they didn't score off me, so I am happy for that," Kahu said.
"I didn't get myself as involved as I have been in the last couple of weeks but I thought I caught the balls I had to.
"It was getting tough near the end, it was quite windy.
"It looked like good weather but once the ball went up it was all over the place, I just had to get my feet to the ball and it was all good.
"You know when the ball is going up there will be heaps of Warriors jerseys around and you just have to get up and get the ball, and I think our outside backs did a good job of that today.
"We knew they were going to put some big bombs up. Shaun Johnson has a big boot so obviously you had to prepare for that."
In a second half where his side was outscored 16 points to eight, and put under constant pressure by the Warriors, coach Wayne Bennett acknowledged the role Kahu played in getting Brisbane over the line for a third-straight win.
"He [Kahu] is a very brave player and he's playing with a lot of confidence," Bennett said.
"I think his demons are behind him and we can all move on with it.
"He is a good player and I love coaching him…of course he is [a player of the future]."
"They [the Warriors] were much more effective with their bombs than we were with ours.
"Johnson was pinpoint accurate because he had a lot of field position in the second half."
Meanwhile Kahu's role is likely to change drastically next week, with captain Justin Hodges to miss the trip to the Gold Coast with a hamstring injury.
Through the first four rounds the pair have shared the fullback duties, with Kahu assuming the role on defence and Hodges jumping in on attack.
"He has had trouble with his hamstrings over the years and to lose a guy like that who is your captain…he is a big loss for us," stand-in captain Corey Parker said of Hodges.
Bennett confirmed Dale Copley would be the likely replacement in the centres.