Roosters crow in NRL Grand Final
The Sydney Roosters defeat the Manly Sea Eagles after some Sonny Bill Williams magic sparks their charge home. Channel Nine.PT3M22S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2v2ud 620 349 October 7, 2013
Sydney Roosters centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall played from the 15th minute of Sunday night's grand final with a hairline fracture in his jaw that he kept secret from teammates.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson was aware of the injury at half-time but not the severity of it as Kenny-Dowall told him he did not want to consult medical staff in case they refused to allow him to return.
In an effort that revived memories of South Sydney legend John Sattler playing with a broken jaw in the grand final win against Manly in 1970, the Kiwi international scored the match-winning try in the 60th minute. He was unable to sing the team's victory song in the dressing room afterwards and is in doubt for the coming World Cup.
"I looked at him at half-time and I saw that his jaw was a little bit out to the side": Roosters coach Trent Robinson on Roosters centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall. Photo: Brendan Esposito
''I did it in the first half - I just had a morphine shot so it feels all right now,'' he said. ''I was just taking a hit-up and my molar tooth came out [and] I spat it out. I didn't want to tell anyone.
''I'm not sure what's wrong with it. I just have to go and get an X-ray. I didn't want anyone to think I was in pain. We were struggling and we had a job to do and that was my main focus. I knew something was wrong cause it would not stop bleeding and I kept spitting out blood.''
As to comparisons with Sattler, he said: ''I wouldn't compare it to him. I'm not sure of the severity of it. I'll have to find out in the next couple of days. I didn't want to let my teammates down and that was all I was really thinking about.''
2013 NRL Grand Final
Manly fans before kick off. Photo: Jonathan Carroll
Robinson said: ''I looked at him at half-time and I saw that his jaw was a little bit out to the side. I didn't want to ask him and he looked at me and he said he didn't want to tell me if there was anything wrong.
''He just crossed his fingers and hoped it would be all right. I just talked to him now and it doesn't look good but I am not sure what is wrong with him. He doesn't want to ask but it doesn't look good.''
Robinson revealed forward Luke O'Donnell had also played on in pain after aggravating the hamstring injury that sidelined him from last weekend's win over Newcastle.
O'Donnell failed to finish the match but Robinson said he had stayed on the field until a planned interchange. ''He re-injured it about seven or eight minutes before I got him off,'' Robinson said. ''I thought we needed him at times.''
After joining the Roosters on a small contract this season, O'Donnell may have played his last match for the club as it will only have room under the salary cap to re-sign him if Sonny Bill Williams leaves.
Robinson said he was yet to ask Williams of his plans.