Embrace the pain: Haas' incredible act of courage

Broncos youngster Payne Haas has shown he has what it takes to be an NRL warrior with an incredible act of bravery.

The 18-year-old big bopper showed mental toughness beyond his years to make a try-saving tackle against Manly despite dislocating his shoulder just seconds earlier.

Haas even pushed a trainer away from him in order to race to the sideline and stop a try-scoring attempt from Moses Suli.

Haas gets his shoulder put back in while defending. Pic: Fox Sports

“Getting back in the defensive line, getting his shoulder put back in while that’s happening and then racing to the sideline to make a stop,” Greg Alexander said on Fox Sports.

The impressive incident comes just one week after Haas injured his ankle and got concussed by the shoulder of David Klemmer on debut.

His attempts to play through the pain on both occasions have clearly impressed his coach Wayne Bennett.

“He’s dislocated his shoulder,” Bennett said post-game.

“He’s a tough kid, but he hasn’t had two good weeks.”

Haas’ effort couldn’t inspire his side to victory though, with Brisbane going down to Manly 38-24 at Suncorp Stadium.

Meanwhile, another player on Saturday night drew attention for a defensive effort for all the wrong reasons.

Embattled Titans signing Bryce Cartwright has come under scrutiny for the second time in two weeks after another horror defensive effort.

The horror effort occurred in the second half of the Titans’ 28-14 loss to the Storm, as Cameron Munster cut through the defensive line with ease to put Melbourne up by a try.

On first look it seemed way too easy for the Storm five-eighth, on second look it was clear to see Cartwright had made no effort to tackle him on the goal line.


Onlookers quickly pounced on Cartwright, calling him out for his lack of commitment.

Commentators were also left scratching their heads, although they suggested the former Panthers star could be carrying an injury.

“The only way you go through and display that action there is that your shoulder is not capable,” Danny Buderus said on Fox Sports.