St George Illawarra veteran Jeremy Latimore ditched his car on the side of the road and instead hitched a lift from both a car and motorbike, in order to make Friday night’s game at WIN Stadium.
Following a traffic incident that saw cars gridlocked for at least half an hour, Latimore abandoned his car 30 minutes into the jam and began to hike before being picked up by another car.
Latimore was then caught in traffic once again, before grabbing a ride from a motorcyclist, helping him get to the stadium in time for his side’s 22-14 win over the Cowboys.
“I moved about 400 metres in half an hour so I just pulled over on the side of the highway, hurdled the median strip and went on the other side of the road and started hitch hiking,” Latimore told NRL.com.
“This lad Brett picked me up and it [the traffic] was banked right up so I said ‘if I see a guy on a motorbike I am going to ask him if he can give me a ride’.
“A lad has drove past and I go, ‘hey brother can you drop me?’ He wasn’t that keen, then he said ‘anything for the Dragons’. I got on the back and we were dodging traffic.
“Duft and Mary [McGregor] saw me on the back of the motorbike. They saw me riding past the [North Wollongong] Novotel. I beat a few of the boys.”
Dufty was one of those players who saw Latimore fly past, and said he almost considered doing the same thing.
“I got here 10 minutes before warm-up, but it was lucky the coach was one car behind me so it was all good,” Dufty said.
“It was cutting it close, we were sitting in the same spot for half an hour and it was probably about five minutes to the stadium so I was ready to ditch my car and walk here.
“All the Sydney boys were late getting down here. We are usually on the bus, so we could have had eight people miss the game.”