Watmough powers through the pain
Monday 26 August 2013 12:07 PM
He's already known as Manly's machine in the middle Anthony Watmough showed how much it would take to keep him off the field yesterday, playing through pain to put together an inspirational performance in Canberra.
The signs weren't good for Choc leading into the match. Even on Thursday he was barely mobile after having his knee injury aggravated by Rabbitohs forward Jeff Lima's twisting tackle.
But with fullback Brett Stewart and big prop Brent Kite out, Wamtough knew Manly couldn't afford to lose more muscle in the middle. The only option was to try and dull the pain with local anaesthetic before the game.
"I didn't run until Thursday - tried to run and couldn't," Watmough said after the match.
"I went and saw the doc. Two or three locals in the knee to get out there was what it took and lucky enough it worked.
"Ideally you don't like doing it. With the people we had out today, it was a sacrifice we had to do."
Watmough was instrumental in the win that all but sealed a top-four spot for Manly, scoring a try in the 53rd minute to halt Canberra's momentum and squash their hopes of a comeback.
With no serious structural damage to his knee, the second rower has his eyes on Manly's clash with the high-flying Storm at Brookvale Oval on Saturday but hinted that he might be forced to rest before finals.
"Maybe, if we can seal a top four, I can get a week off if Tooves will allow it," Watmough laughed.
"But I love playing week-in, week-out, and I'll be fighting him if he tries to give me a week off."