WHEN Cooper Cronk was confirmed to play for the Sydney Roosters in the 2018 grand final, many were left wondering how much of an impact he’d have against Melbourne.
Some believed Cronk’s dodgy shoulder which had attracted so much attention in the build-up was a ruse, but by halftime it was apparent the veteran playmaker was truly hampered by the injury.
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When the siren sounded for the break, Cronk had touched the ball just nine times compared to five-eighth Luke Keary’s 33.
He’d also made just two tackles and had taken two kicks, compared to Keary’s 10 a piece.
“He’s more like a coach than a player,” Penrith supremo Phil Gould said in Channel 9 commentary.
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Wally Lewis added: “He’s just making sure he marches them around the field.”
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