"I SCORED a try with a broken hand."
North Queensland forward John Asiata may even need surgery at the end of the year.
Asiata broke his left hand last week while playing Cronulla but refused to miss Saturday's semi-final victory over Parramatta.
The 24-year-old admits to having concerns in the lead-up and even during the game of his hand being a target for the opposition.
While it's painful, it's also manageable.
With the Cowboys just one more win away from a grand final appearance, Asiata said he'll deal the pain in order to play.
"It's no good but there's only a few games to go so, push through pain, I guess," Asiata said of his hand.
"It wasn't too bad tonight, only when some boys wanted to try and step on it, it was sore but it's all good. It's always tough to try and avoid people trying to target it.
"It was something playing on my mind during the week but I knew if I could tough it out, I'd be right."
With his hand heavily wrapped and in compression padding with ice, Asiata forgot about the pain momentarily when he scored his first ever career try.
Chasing after a bouncing ball, the 108kg workhorse plucked the pill from Will Smith's hands to level the scores in the second half.
"I got to score my first try with a broken hand so I should break bones more often," he said.
"I never thought my try would come from a kick chase, jumping over a fullback and stripping it.
"Coops (Gavin Cooper) was screaming 'go Johnny'. From him talking to me pushed me to go that extra effort."
Rampaging forward, Coen Hess also crossed for a try but failed to finish the game.
The leg of the Queensland Origin representative was crushed in an awkward tackle by Beau Scott.
While he played on for a length period, he was eventually taken from the field.
Hess will go for precautionary scans when the team returns to Townsville.
"There was a bit of pain there," Hess said.
"There can be some pretty severe injuries with knees but I think I was more cared than anything.
"It got a bit of a bump to it ... the physio ran out and told me I was 'all good' and that gave me a lot of confidence. Because it was so close to the second half, I came into the sheds and got my mind off it.
"In the second half I just re-aggravated it so I had a check-up done to it and it's only really minor."
Having been assessed by the medical staff, Hess is confident he'll be able to suit up for next Saturday's preliminary final against the Roosters.
"I'd have to have a broken arm or a bone to be sticking out to be missing the game," Hess said.
"I don't think any of the boys want to miss out on a game at this time of the year."
"I'm pretty confident."
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