Hess says knee in­jury won’t stop him

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JON TUXWORTH

COW­BOYS young­ster Coen Hess is con­fi­dent his in­jured knee won’t side­line him from Satur­day’s pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal block­buster with the Roost­ers, adamant he “can’t use the wimp card” with sev­eral team­mates play­ing busted.

Hess went down in agony late in the first half of Satur­day’s win over Par­ra­matta clutch­ing his right knee, but played on be­fore leav­ing the field with 13 min­utes left.

The 21- year- old’s knee was heav­ily strapped for the sec­ond half and he wasn’t mov­ing freely.

But the Cow­boys med­i­cal staff is hope­ful he has es­caped with just a me­dial in­jury, sim­i­lar to that which Shaun Fen­som and Te Maire Martin have played with in re­cent weeks.

“That’s what the doc­tor said it might be,” Hess said. “He said my knees are pretty flex­i­ble, which gives me a lot of con­fi­dence.

“Ob­vi­ously I was in a fair bit of pain there. I was more scared than any­thing, ob­vi­ously knee in­juries can be pretty se­ri­ous.

“I’m ic­ing it up now and I’m pretty con­fi­dent I’ll be right.”

Hess said he had lit­tle op­tion to play on given Fen­som and Martin have re­fused to use it as an ex­cuse, while John Asi­ata scored the first NRL try of his ca­reer play­ing with a bro­ken hand. The Queens­land Ori­gin star scored a try off a Martin in­side ball in the sec­ond half to help keep the Cow­boys’ fairy­tale march through the fi­nals alive.

“Be­cause they’re play­ing with it I can’t pull the wimp card, I’ll be good,” he said. “When I strapped it up it felt a whole lot more sta­ble. Any pain there seemed to go away.”

Hess said the Cow­boys’ de­fen­sive fo­cus has been the ba­sis be­hind pulling off suc­ces­sive boilover wins over the Sharks and Eels in Syd­ney in suc­ces­sive weeks.

“Both ( Par­ra­matta) tries came off our mis­takes and our last- tackle op­tions,” Hess said. “They didn’t go through us or around us. Through the back end of the sea­son that’s where we came un­stuck, let­ting teams go through us.

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