St George Illawarra halfback Ben Hunt has shed extraordinary new light on the injury he bravely played on during a heroic victory against Manly in round three.
Hunt was instrumental in the Dragons' thumping 38-12 demolition job of the Sea Eagles, with confirmation after the match that he played for some 71 minutes with a broken leg.
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The playmaker is facing up to six weeks on the sidelines after scans picked up an impact fracture in his fibula.
The in-form Dragons star was put on ice with 10 minutes to go in the massive win on Friday evening, with scans on Saturday confirming the injury.
Hunt has also shared an x-ray of the injury which shows the extent of damage to the halfback's leg.
Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Hunt opened up about the fracture and how he managed to play on it for the majority of the match.
“Everyone’s one-to-10 pain rating is different, but I’d give it a seven or eight,” Hunt told The Sydney Morning Herald.
“It really hurt but it wasn’t like, ‘get me off here’. A few people have asked me [how it felt]. I was hurting, but it was also manageable and I was trying to stay focused on the actual game.
“I could still put weight on it and get around reasonably well - I wasn’t flying, but I thought it was just bone bruising or a cork with some shooting pain down the calf.
“I had a little bone break in my ankle when I was younger, but it was nothing like this. I figured if I had broken my leg, I wouldn’t be able to stand on the leg at all.
“The doctor put some numbing cream on it, then I got on the bike and sat on that nearly all of half-time to keep the legs ticking over. It wasn’t much fun running around in the second half.”
Hunt injury a big blow for Dragons
The injury has highlighted Hunt's toughness just as he was reclaiming the hot form that made him one of the premier halfbacks in the game.
It is a huge blow for the Dragons who have now won back-to-back matches with Hunt steering the ship.
Hunt looks a far different player as captain to the man who was relegated to the bench at this point last season and left to play the majority of the year at hooker.
The 31-year-old has already set up six tries this year to go with one of his own against North Queensland last week.
His spine are also going with him, with Hunt clearly looking at home back beside Andrew McCullough and Corey Norman under their former Brisbane coach Griffin.
A win on Sunday against Newcastle will give the Dragons their first run of three straight victories since early 2019, when they were last also in the top eight.
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