SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Cooper Cronk of the Sydney Roosters speaks to the media during the 2018 NRL Grand Final press conference at the Sydney Cricket Ground on September 27, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Despite suffering a severe shoulder injury during Sydney’s Preliminary Final win over the Rabbitohs last Saturday night, Roosters halfback Cooper Cronk is backing himself in to play on Sunday, although he understands he still has a lot of work to do.

Cronk had removed the sling he began the week with when speaking to the media at a press conference on Thursday, and is still doing everything he can to get his body right for Sunday’s decider.

Roosters coach Trent Robinson admitted “the average player wouldn’t play”, although Cronk spoke of improvements in his rehabilitation, as he looks to line up in his eighth grand final.

“I’ve had a couple of improvements [on Thursday] and I definitely needed some,” Cronk said.

“I think most people in this room know I’m pretty diligent and pretty professional in what I do but I have gone up 1000 knots this week.

“It is just about whether I can manage it, can I deal with the pain and can I get enough range and movement and strength to get through a game of football.

“To be able to do some of the things to get stability, movement and range, it’s okay. It’s improvement. But it’s not enough to tackle Jesse Bromwich or Dale Finucane so I have got a fair bit of work to do.”

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Cronk was asked if he would undergo tackling practice at training to test out the shoulder, and he understands he’ll need to be able to lay some tackles if he’s to play and help his side.

“Yes, it is going to happen on Sunday so I will have to do something like that,” Cronk said.

“Maybe I can pick a smaller bloke like [Luke] Keary but it is going to get to a point where I have to test it.

“I will tell you right now, the only reason I won’t play on Sunday is because I am physically incapable of doing it”.

18 COMMENTS

  1. This may sound silly but, he is definitely going to play or not play. There is no inbetween but they won’t let anyone know until an hour before kick-off.

    • Crikey your right mate, it sound ridiculously silly. No wonder you support Soufths不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不

    • Chalky, that is the dumbest statement I have ever read on the entire web. Are you still drowning your sorrows after our arch rivals, the Roosters, thrashed us last week. Time to sober up fellow Rabbit.

  2. Cronk is playing, Karma and their allied Roosters partner by 13+ against the cheating NRL Billy Slater Shambles Melbourne mob.梗梗梗梗梗梗梗梗梗梗梗梗梗梗梗

    • Rorters ?
      Manly caught cheating for the last 5 years and you have something to say ? Best you stfu and be happy manly are still in the comp in 2019.

      • Snap out of it loser know all teams do what manly did. Rorters buy the nest players in the comp every year wtf is that? Any way good luck to your panfers lol Cleary is no dce is he

        • Fiftyfour_nil_lol@parra these are the players we did not buy, Tupuo, Mitchell, Manu, Cordner, Friend, Aubusson, Matterson, Napa, Liu, Radley, ten players all had NRL debut’s as young kids at the Roosters. Taukeihao 1 game at the Warriors and JWH 6 games previously at Manly before going onto establish magnificent careers making their names at the Roosters. So in total from this winning grand final team only 5 established stars were purchased and one of those Ferguson nobody wanted him because they thought he was a trouble maker, however the Roosters took a chance on him and it payed off.

          So the fact is we at the Roosters purchased 4 players, Cronk, Tedesco, Keary, and Tetevano.
          Get your facts right before you start spreading lies.梗梗梗梗梗梗梗

        • Wrong Fiftyfour_nil_lol@parra

          Here are 13 players that Manly purchased for this season in their attempt to secure another premiership. Manly have been buying a host of talent since the beginning of 1970’s

          Martin Taupau, Apisai Koroisau, Curtis Sironen, Joel Thompson, Lloyd Perrett, Lewis Brown, Shaun Lane, Akuila Uate, Dylan Walker, Moses Suli, Matthew Wright, Lachlan Croker, Hastings

          If you live in a glass house, don’t throw stones.

  3. Had to laugh at an article where Robinson is indicating Cronk will play and Radley will be by his side as his protector.
    Solomona and Kafusi will be trembling in fear.
    Cronk was never going to play but given his love affair with the media he has milked it to the extreme.
    Fact is Cronk won’t be playing and the Storm have spent the week partly focusing on the roosters only playmaker left Luke Keary which will present little concern to begin with.

    • I do not think the Roosters are concerned either, Melbourne are in a similar position with a rookie half. Brodie Croft has played only 16 games in his career which began in the middle of the 2016 season. He has played 11 games this season yet could not hold his spot after round 5. He filled in for round 17, 18, 23 and 24. played the two semi finals and now finds himself guiding a team around the park in Melbourne’s quest to win a premiership. Extreme pressure is on this young rookie.

      If Cooper Cronk plays he knows Crofts game inside out, If Cronk fails to play due to injury and the talk is Keary will be half then grand final experience of Keary will give him the edge again over the inexperienced rookie Croft.

      When Cronk signed with the Roosters I was fully aware then that Melbourne would struggle at some point through the year. They have not been able to settle on a regular half back, Croft being reinstated six weeks ago, yet only playing four of those games, indicate Melbourne are in huge trouble with a play maker.

      This grand final will finally expose the truth about Cooper Cronk’s value to Melbourne in the past. So called experts have been saying Smith is the attacking brain, however the truth is Cronk has been the organizing genius in attack behind the Storm’s success for well over a decade. If Cronk plays and avoids injury throughout the grand final 2018 The Roosters win. If Cronk does not play the Melbourne Rookie half will still undoubtedly be under immense pressure and failure is a tremendous possibility. Either way this key position in this grand final will highlight to Rugby League fans the importance of a battle hardened experience halfback. I believe Cronk will play but if he does not, Rooster players will have ne fear and an intelligent plan to contain Munster and pressure the rookie half into errors.

    • Keary will be stuffed if Cronk dont play.This isnt a normal comp game.Storm will be all over him.He is only any good on sweeping plays when he stands back

      • Correct, the Roosters have probably blown it by not playing O’Sullivan who is a real halfback. Unless of coarse Cronk plays, but who knows it is still 4.5 hrs before kick off and the new master coach of the future has not spilt the beans. 返

    • When I replied to your comment Stevsyd, I knew you knew little about footy. Needless to say however I choose to anyway. You are wrong and what was mentioned by yours truly was , correct返梗梗梗梗不不不不不不不不不不梗梗梗梗不

  4. If Cooper Cronk fails to pass a stringent fitness test today, then perhaps O’Sullivan should be their halfback. Moving Keary to a foreign position will disrupt the entire backline attack.

    I do remember when Keary was injured during the year Matterson was his replacement. What I seen of Matterson as a five eight was far from impressive. To slow with passing and thinks these days as a forward, those particular games when Matterson played in Keary’s position the Roosters powerful centres did not see any ball.

    If Matterson is the five eight shifting Keary to half, then the grand final will be over before a ball has been displaced by boot from the very first second. Against the Cowboys and a injury riddled Souths with Materson at five eight they hung on for lucky close encounters and were outplayed by the Raiders. If Matterson is the five eight Melbourne will win by 30 If O’Sullivan plays a passing halfback role the result will be Roosters by 13+

    • WoodChook September 26, 2018 at 5:13 pm

      If Cooper Cronk does not play then the Roosters need tp play OSullivan and keep Keary in his running 5/8 role

      RussCrower September 29, 2018 at 1:48 pm

      If Cooper Cronk fails to pass a stringent fitness test today, then perhaps OSullivan should be their halfback. Moving Keary to a foreign position will disrupt the entire backline attack.

      Reg: Is there an echo in the room or are you both sitting behind the same keyboard?

      WoodChook September 26, 2018 at 5:37 pm

      My Tip: No fun being neutral, take a risk and enjoy the ride

      Reg: OK chicken little, I’ll follow your advice. I was going to sit on the fence but the I don’t want to get splinters so GO THE STORM!

      Billy you little cheat, I’ve got money on you to win the Clive Churchill medal. Your odds blew out when there was talk of you being suspended for what was obviously a blatant shoulder charge but I have already seen your name engraved on the medal. Money in the bank! Get the Kleenex ready Russ/Woody you are going to need them mate.

      • Wrong Cooper Cronk played and further more Reg Reagan I tipped them by 13+ Looks like your wrong again返 By the way mate why do you keep up with the Russell crower garbage? Are you mentally ill

      • Reg Reagan

        WoodChook September 28, 2018 at 6:24 pm
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        Cronk is playing, Karma and their allied Roosters partner by 13+ against the cheating NRL Billy Slater Shambles Melbourne mob.

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