Early comeback for Bryant
A RUPTURED anterior cruciate ligament is enough to keep most players down and out for the season.
But not Isis Devils forward Jimmy Bryant, who made a tentative comeback to A-grade rugby league last weekend.
Bryant sustained the injury in a trial match in February and has been carrying the drinks since the season started.
Although his side went down 32–28 at Salter Oval last weekend to an Easts outfit filled with youthful exuberance, Bryant played about 40 minutes and said he pulled up well after the match.
“I was pretty nervous about it all week,” he said.
“It was pretty hard to fight those demons but the idea was to give me a run in reserve-grade first and A-grade after that.”
Bryant said like much of the season so far, the match was a case of missed opportunities.
“It was a tough game to lose,” he said.
Captain coach Simon Ricciardi said his side was simply out-enthused
“We had eight players out but we still put a good enough team on the paddock,” he said. “That was probably one of our biggest games of the year so I’m a little disappointed.”
Isis takes on competition leaders Brothers this weekend and Ricciardi said he was expecting a much better effort on home soil.
“It’s a home game and we seem to lift for those,” he said.
Ricciardi said it would be unlikely that Bryant would back up this weekend.
“We don’t want to put too much of a workload on him this early on in the season,” he said.
“Jimmy brings exactly what we are missing at times, with enthusiasm, energy and passion.
“I can’t wait to have him back on the paddock full-time, that’s for sure.”
BACK IN ACTION: Jimmy Bryant is excited to be back on the field after a serious knee injury.