One of our readers alerted us to this story from the recent National Rugby League Grand Final
Speaking after the 30-6 win over the Bulldogs that broke a 43-year premiership drought with the right half of his face swollen and purple, Burgess said he couldn’t really feel any pain from his fractured face whilst on the field but knew it was broken straight away.
“To be honest I couldn’t feel the pain, my head was a little bit dizzy, a bit of blurred vision in the right eye… a few of the boys recognised early on I’d damaged my face,” Burgess said.
Asked if he contemplated leaving the field, he said: “We worked for this day from the first of November [last year] so there was no chance of me missing out.
Asked if the pain had now kicked in with the game over, Burgess simply said “yep”.
A 43 year premiership drought. 12 Months of preparation for 80 minutes.
Is it any wonder that a ‘decision’ was made that it wasn’t worth experiencing pain during the game?
Perhaps the danger associated with the injury was outweighed by the safety of playing on in the most important game of Burgess’ career? Those tears were not from pain.
– Tim Cocks