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Warriors coach Stephen Kearney has down-played injuries to a trio of his stars in the wake of a 26-4 win over the Wests Tigers on Saturday.

Issac Luke (shoulder), Shaun Johnson (ankle) and Adam Blair (ankle) all failed to see out the match but Kearney's post-match diagnosis will put a smile on the face of the Warriors faithful.

"Shaun will need to get scans tomorrow but I was pleased to see that he walked off the field," Kearney said. "We'll see how that pulls up.

"Bully [Luke] is in the sheds at the moment throwing his arm above his head so he seems OK but you just need to see how they pull up over the next few days. He has had that injury before. And Adam has just rolled an ankle so I think he'll be OK."

Kearney said Johnson's injury "appeared to be the more serious of the three", though he was confident none were as bad as first thought.

"I'd put my house on it that Blairy plays next week and Bully is not quite doing cartwheels but he's out there trying to convince me that he's fine," he said.

"Shaun is walking around OK too but, until we get the scans back we won't know the full story."

Prior to limping off in the 70th minute, Johnson was at his brilliant best in front of the 16,000 strong crowd in Auckland.

Injured Warriors hooker Issac Luke
Injured Warriors hooker Issac Luke ©Shane Wenzlick/NRL Photos

The playmaker set up the NRL's leading try scorer David Fusitua for the home side's opening try before the big winger returned the favour in the second half.

Luke showed no ill-effects of the knee injury he suffered against the Storm on Anzac Day and was a constant threat out of dummy half before he dislocated his shoulder.

Kearney said Luke's shoulder "popped straight back in" and he wouldn't require scans at this stage.

Despite initially being overshadowed by injury, there was plenty to like about the Warriors' performance.

Challenged by Kearney to "start much harder" than they did against Melbourne a week ago, the Warriors players responded - led by huge opening efforts from props Bunty Afoa and Agnatius Paasi.

Paasi finishing the contest with 185 metres from his 20 hit-ups.

"Overall I was pleased with that performance for a number of reasons," Kearney said.

"Coming off the back of that Melbourne game we were coming here tonight against a team that scraps really hard so for the guys to perform like that, I was just really pleased."

Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck echoed his coach and praised the work of his fellow spine members Johnson, Luke and Blake Green..

"I was really proud of the boys overall and our spine in particular for just sticking at it, sticking to our processes and just going after it so, really happy with that one," he said.

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