Brisbane’s Joe Ofahengaue put a sobering halt to celebrations after beating the Roosters on Friday night, with a heartbreaking revelation in his post-match interview.
The Broncos prop was one of the standouts in his side’s thrilling six-point come-from-behind win against the Roosters at Suncorp Stadium.
Ofahengaue was accepting his $1000 reward for his performance in the match when league great Darren Lockyer asked the prop what charity he was going to donate it towards.
“Well my missus just got diagnosed with breast cancer,” the 22-year-old said.
“I’m hoping I can offer this for some support and maybe pay for some chemo or something.”
Lockyer looked genuinely stunned by the devastating news – wishing Ofahengaue good luck for his partner’s serious battle ahead.
It was a sad aftermath to what was an incredible win for the Broncos, who snatched the 28-22 victory courtesy of a late Jamayne Isaako solo try.
With scores locked 22-22, Isaako shaped to kick a field goal before weaving his way to the line for a sensational match-winner for his injury-hit side.
His try capped an incredible back and forth contest, highlighted by the showdown between NSW Origin centre hopefuls, James Roberts and Latrell Mitchell.
Roberts used sheer speed to beat five to put the Broncos level with seven minutes to play after Mitchell had tormented him in a devastating first half display.
Incumbent Queensland forward Dylan Napa was sin-binned in a frenzied finish after felling Korbin Sims and will face a nervous wait at the judiciary after offering an early plea last week.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson labelled Napa’s sin-binning a “horrible call” in an angry post-match spray at the referees that could land him in hot water.
Brisbane debutant Kotoni Staggs was thrust into the action after just three minutes, replacing a groggy Tom Opacic after he copped a knee while tackling Blake Ferguson.
His try and assist helped the Broncos, missing five regulars through injury, stay in the hunt before Roberts and Isaako powered them home.
The win puts both sides level on 12 points, with 6-5 records entering the Origin period.