'Great blokes': NRL players' beautiful act of kindness for elderly lady

Andrew Reid
·3-min read
Pictured here, Warriors prop Addin Fonua-Blake prepares to be tackled in the NRL.
Addin Fonua-Blake has been praised for helping an elderly lady change her tyre in pouring rain. Pic: Getty

They say chivalry is dead but try telling that to New Zealand Warriors players Addin Fonua-Blake and Ben Murdoch-Masila.

The Warriors were left smarting after going down to Newcastle in a four-point thriller on Friday evening.

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The New Zealand side - based on the NSW Central Coast so far in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic - led with just over five minutes to go before a late Knights try snatched the victory from their grasp.

It would have been a second win in as many games for the Warriors, who have already made their impressions felt off the field as well.

In the midst of the torrential weather that has caused flood chaos across NSW, Warriors stars Fonua-Blake and Murdoch-Masila were called out for praise after a wonderful act for a stranded motorist, while heading to training.

A member of the public spotted the pair braving the pouring rain to stop and help an elderly lady change one of the tyres on her car on Tuesday morning.

Warriors consultant Phil Gould was one of the first to praise the players on social media, with rugby league fans in awe off their selfless gesture.

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One fan even pleaded with coach Nathan Brown not to sanction the players for being late to training, with the team preparing to face the high-flying Raiders in Canberra on Saturday afternoon.

The Warriors have been dealt a massive blow before that match, however, with halfback Chanel Harris-Tavita ruled out for up to 12 weeks with a foot injury.

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Harris-Tavita played on while hurt in the Warriors' narrow loss to Newcastle on Friday night, but scans have since confirmed he will need surgery on a stress fracture.

It comes at a horrible time for the 21-year-old, who only reclaimed the Warriors No.7 jersey at the end of last year when Blake Green left the club.

Harris-Tavita endured a difficult pre-season and missed the last trial due to a quad injury, which still appeared to be hampering him in the opening two rounds.

Seen here, Warriors playmaker Chanel Harris-Tavita looks on during an NRL game.
Warriors playmaker Chanel Harris-Tavita has been ruled out for three months with a stress fracture in his foot. Pic: Getty

The Warriors are set to call on the inexperienced Sean O'Sullivan as the only other playmaker on their roster, after he moved from Brisbane at the end of last year.

It comes after the club lost centre Euan Aitken for up to 10 weeks after surgery on a high ankle sprain at the end of last week.

Meanwhile, any early potential travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand will not prompt the Warriors to return home early.

The club at this stage expects to be based in Australia until at least June 21 despite an announcement on a border opening expected in early April.

Warriors officials have told AAP that concerns over renewed closures if any outbreak occur on either side of the Tasman mean they will take a cautious approach.

with AAP

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