We all know Rugby League players are tough hombres, but Castleford’s Junior Moors has definitely upped the stakes given the revelations from Tigers coach Daryl Powell on Thursday night.
In the aftermath of their 52-12 win against Leeds, Powell revealed that Moors, who suffered a broken hand against St Helens earlier in the season, actually defied doctors orders to play not just against the Rhinos, but the previous week against Salford, too.
And Powell was blunt in his praise for Moors, insisting it wouldn’t happen in a certain other sport in this country.
“It’s not soccer is it? That’s for sure,” Powell said. “He’s a tough character.
“We’ve had quite a few examples. Junior Moors wanted to cut his cast off about three weeks earlier than when it actually came off. He shouldn’t be playing until next week.
“The surgeon wasn’t too happy when he told him last week that he’d be playing for two weeks and he’s been just outstanding in the last two games.
“There’s a commitment and real toughness about rugby league players that you have to admire.”
Throw into the mix that Cas forward Nathan Massey dislocated his knee just five days before featuring against the Rhinos on Thursday night, and you can’t help but admire the Tigers’ toughness!