HESS SET TO FACE ROOST­ERS

Bund­aberg star suf­fers knee in­jury in Cow­boys win but clears him­self for semi

NewsMail - - SPORT - — Jon Tux­worth & Shane Jones

LEAGUE: Bund­aberg’s Coen Hess in­sists his sea­son is not over de­spite suf­fer­ing a knee in­jury dur­ing North Queens­land’s win over Par­ra­matta on Saturday night.

The in­cred­i­ble sea­son of the Cow­boys has ex­tended for one more week af­ter they de­feated the Eels 24-16 at ANZ Sta­dium.

It looked to have come at a cost af­ter Hess was in­jured in the first half, clutch­ing his right knee in agony.

He kept play­ing, scor­ing a try in the 51st minute and gain­ing 147 me­tres in 19 runs be­fore be­ing taken off 13 min­utes from the end.

Hess now be­lieves he will be fit to take on the Syd­ney Roost­ers af­ter suf­fer­ing what is be­lieved to be a me­dial in­jury.

“That’s what the doc­tor said it might be,” he told the Townsville Bul­letin.

“He said my knees are pretty flex­i­ble, which gives me con­fi­dence.”

Hess adds to a Cow­boys in­jury line-up that con­tin­ues to defy the odds.

“It’s been a roller coaster sea­son for us, los­ing a few in­flu­en­tial play­ers, but we fi­nally got some luck on our side,” he said.

“The boys are re­ally high on emo­tion, the be­lief in the group is strong and we’re 80 min­utes from a grand fi­nal. It’s pretty crazy.”

The Cow­boys play the Roost­ers on Saturday night.

PHOTO: CRAIG GOLDING

CEL­E­BRATE: Coen Hess scores for North Queens­land.

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