Warriors five-eighth Ronald Volkman is set to have surgery on his finger after playing through the pain of a compound fracture in his team’s win over Canterbury.
- Volkman sustained the injury in a tackle
- He later scored a try to help the Warriors defeat the Bulldogs
- Volkman chose not have a painkilling injection at halftime
Volkman played on after seeing his bone split through his skin in the first half of the Warriors’ 24-12 win at Stadium Australia on Friday night.
The 20-year-old opted against having a painkilling needle at half-time, given his finger was already going numb, before scoring the match-sealing try for the Warriors.
Volkman was due to undergo surgery on Saturday but was hopeful of playing in the Warriors’ next match against Brisbane in a fortnight after the club’s bye.
“It was just a little compound fracture on my (ring) finger on my left hand,” Volkman said.
“It was bleeding all day, but it was all good.
“It was just in the mess of a tackle. I looked at my hand and it started bleeding. The bone came out, but I didn’t want to look at it.
“I just strapped it back up. It’s all good.”
Volkman’s heroics follow that of Cameron Munster in the Melbourne Storm’s season-opening win over Parramatta, after he too played on with a similar injury.
Munster missed two weeks after the surgery revealed further damage.
Remarkably, Volkman did not leave the field after he suffered the injury in a missed tackle on Matt Burton.
Instead, he sought treatment after the Warriors scored on the following set, and played on to take the kick-off on the very next play after being strapped.
“It was pretty numb [at half-time]. I just strapped it straight up and went straight out,” Volkman said.
The Warriors’ win lifts the club to seventh place on the ladder ahead of the completion of round 11, while the Bulldogs languish in 15th spot.