Johnson shrugs off latest Kiwi honour
A 22-point haul in Saturday night's rout of Scotland saw Shaun Johnson become New Zealand's leading Test point-scorer, but any celebrations will remain on ice for the time being.
In 23 Tests for his country Johnson has now scored 175 points, pushing him past former New Zealand fullback Matthew Ridge's mark of 168, which was achieved in 25 Tests between 1990-98.
But Johnson was quick to brush aside the latest individual honour to come his way, preferring to put the focus back on his team goals with the Kiwis at the Rugby League World Cup.
"I got made aware of it after the game and it's obviously pretty cool to be recognised alongside Matthew Ridge and those sorts of players," Johnson said following the 74-6 victory over Scotland in Christchurch.
"It's something I will definitely look back on when my career is said and done.
"I don't want to sound rude or anything, but a personal record like that is never probably on any player's mind.
"It's a record that probably [represents] some of the great players I have been able to play with in the Kiwis' jumper. I have been able to support through the middle and score some tries. When you are scoring plenty of tries you tend to kick a few goals as well."
Johnson scored a try and kicked nine goals against the Bravehearts, taking him up to 36 points across his first two games at the 2017 World Cup.
With a quarter-finals spot already guaranteed, the Kiwis now prepare to face Tonga on Saturday night in Hamilton with the winner assured of topping Pool B.
After powering through for more than 2,000 run metres against Scotland, while making a colossal 18 line breaks on route to 14 tries, Johnson said New Zealand's focus would quickly turn to the challenge presented by unbeaten Tonga.
"I thought we played pretty well [against Scotland] and we didn't get too carried away with things, we kept completing our sets, we didn't just start throwing the ball out of everywhere," Johnson said.
"[Tonga] is a big challenge but it's an exciting challenge for us. We start from scratch again and build as the week goes on.
"We have got a day or two off now to regenerate and go back to our families, and I think it's important we use this time wisely.
"We will roll in [to Hamilton], bunker down and look to get the job done."