New Bronco tough­ing it out

Daily Mercury - - SPORT - – Mur­ray Wen­zel

RUGBY LEAGUE: Bris­bane play­ers have dropped like flies dur­ing a steamy train­ing ses­sion, but tough new­comer Shaun Fen­som was left stand­ing.

Dar­ius Boyd, Joe Ofa­hen­gaue and rugby union re­cruit Izaia Perese, all limped off with nig­gles dur­ing yes­ter­day morn­ing’s two-hour stint at Red Hill, while a head knock also forced rookie for­ward Tom Fle­gler to the side­lines.

Hard-nosed for­ward Fen­som has been im­pressed with the club’s work ethic un­der new coach An­thony Sei­bold since ar­riv­ing from North Queens­land.

“It’s a nice, high-in­ten­sity train­ing above game level, so when we come to round one we’ll knock it out eas­ier than we would oth­er­wise,” he said.

“It’s pretty phys­i­cal and bru­tal, but that’s pro­fes­sional sport.”

Fen­som has tried to play through a lac­er­ated kid­ney and dis­lo­cated el­bow as an NRL player, while he also gave the thumbs up and later apol­o­gised after be­ing taken from the field in the 2017 NRL grand fi­nal with a bro­ken leg.

The 30-year-old (pic­tured) has been picked up by Bris­bane to add ex­pe­ri­ence since the de­par­ture of Sam Thai­day. But he wants to be more than just a men­tor to the young for­wards who have im­pressed him so far.

Photo: Peter Wal­lis

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