Blake Ferguson played the second half of the NRL Grand Final with a broken leg, joining his teammate Cooper Cronk in playing on despite suffering a serious injury.
Ferguson was forced to wear a moon boot and hold crutches during his team’s celebrations after the Sydney Roosters beat the Melbourne Storm 21-6 in Sunday night’s season decider.
The star winger broke his fibula during the game, but soldiered on to stay on the field.
Ferguson joined halfback Cronk as Roosters players who fought through the pain barrier.
Blake Ferguson played the second half of the NRL Grand Final with a broken leg, joining his teammate Cooper Cronk in playing on despite suffering a serious injury
Ferguson was forced to wear a moonboot and hold crutches during his team’s celebrations
Cronk took the field despite breaking his shoulder blade, an injury which usually takes more than a month to heal.
Ferguson began showing signs of injury after a tackle in the 58th minute of the contest.
He was brought down by Melbourne speedster Josh Addo-Carr, and as he got up Ferguson clutched at his left leg.
A trainer assisted him on the field and Ferguson bravely went on to play the rest of the game.
‘He’s broken his leg, his fibula,’ Roosters coach Trent Robinson told AAP.
‘It was quite sore, but then after the game, the longer it went, the sorer it got. It went numb and that’s when they knew he broke it.’
Ferguson said suffering through the injury was worth it for a premiership.
‘(The injury) is worth it… a bit of carry-on, I guess,’ Ferguson said.
‘This club’s been amazing to me… I’m really grateful for what they’ve given me.’
Ferguson began showing signs of injury after a tackle in the 58th minute of the contest
Cronk was forced into a limited role during the game due to a severe shoulder injury he suffered the week before.
He was inspired by his wife Tara Rushton to take the field despite his own doubts.
‘I have to give my wife a fair bit of credit because she said, ”What are you carrying on about, you’ve just been given a chance to play in a grand final?” I basically took that advice and did it,’ Cronk said.
He wasn’t confirmed to play in the final until just hours before kickoff, having been named on an extended bench with no guarantee he would take the field.
Cronk was inspired by his wife Tara Rushton to take the field despite his own doubts