Beams back in show of tough­ness

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - AN­DREW HAMIL­TON

BRISBANE coach Chris Fa­gan says skip­per Dayne Beams ranks high on the tough­ness Richter scale.

Beams has re­cov­ered from a shoul­der in­jury and has been named to lead the Lions on to the Gabba against Gee­long tonight.

How­ever, the Cats have also been boosted by the re­turn of their skip­per Joel Sel­wood from con­cus­sion.

No one who saw Beams be­ing as­sisted from the Gabba af­ter cop­ping a heavy bump from ag­gres­sive GWS ruck­man Shane Mum­ford in Round 14 would have ex­pected him to be play­ing tonight.

He had a strained AC joint but be­cause there was no ma­jor struc­tural dam­age that re­quired surgery, his re­turn date was to be de­ter­mined when mo­bil­ity re­turned and the pain was bear­able.

The club’s in­jury re­port listed him as likely to miss three to four weeks but he sat out just the one match, the vic­tory against Essendon last week.

Fa­gan said he was sur­prised when Beams was given the all­clear from med­i­cal staff to play.

“I must ad­mit, I didn’t ex­pect him to play this week,” he said.

“I would say on the Richter scale of tough­ness, Beams is pretty tough.”

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