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Sport Cronulla Sharks forward Andrew Fifita says he was 'scared to take the field' with his injured knee

16:16  22 april  2018
16:16  22 april  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Andrew Fifita (born 28 June 1989) is a professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Cronulla -Sutherland Sharks in the National Rugby League.

Cronulla prop Andrew Fifita has made the bold admission he was scared to take the field for the Sharks ' upset win over Penrith. However, he said he almost pulled out of the match, such was his anxiety after suffering a knee injury last week.

a close up of a man with a football ball© Provided by Sportal com au Stand-in Cronulla captain Andrew Fifita says he was "scared to take the field" in Cronulla's 26-22 victory over Penrith at Southern Cross Group Stadium on Sunday.

Fifita feared his season was over after suffering a knee injury in the Sharks' loss to the Dragons last week, with initial concerns it could have been his anterior cruciate ligament.

But scans cleared him of serious damage, however there was some swelling on his knee and also bone bruising.

Fifita was frank in the post-game press conference.

Andrew Fifita© Andrew Fifita Andrew Fifita “To be honest I was fearing myself this morning," he said.

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Andrew Fifita credited some "old school Tongan treatment" from his father for enabling him to overcome pre-match fears about his knee injury and captain Cronulla to a gutsy 26-22 win over Penrith at Southern Cross Group Stadium.

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"Honestly, I was that scared to take the field today.

“... A little help from my Dad kind of pushed me over the line there on Tuesday night.

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“But it’s a credit to my physio… He worked every day, night and day, got me on my days off and got me in and got me ready for a match.

“Obviously unexpected, last week I was thinking my season’s finished until next year and here we are the following week.”

Sharks coach Shane Flanagan says he could understand why Fifita was anxious going into the crucial clash with the Panthers.

Flanagan praised Fifita's display, with the Tongan international running for 130 metres, making 35 tackles and having six offloads.

“Last week, no fault of Andrew’s, we thought he did his ACL and his season was over," Flanagan said.

"Any player that had that told to them - that your season might be over - that probably puts a bit of fear into you.

“Then obviously the week that he’s had, hasn’t been able to train a lot, but as I said his effort today was outstanding.”

The captaincy fell to Fifita after Luke Lewis left the field with a calf injury after 13 minutes, and given they were also without injured pair Paul Gallen (knee) and Wade Graham (hamstring).

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