Rugby League star Chanel Harris-Tavita suffered a testicular rupture – and continued to play for more than 45 minutes with an Herculean effort.
The decision of the New Zealand Warriors playmaker to continue the game was called one of the toughest performances of the NRL 2022 season, despite the defeat of his team by Melbourne Storm on Monday. Harris-Tavita has already undergone surgery due to injury, and it is planned that he will be out of the game for three to four weeks.
Harris-Tavita severe injury occurred when his Warriors teammate Josh Curran accidentally pushed his knee into the groin of a 23-year-old boy. The duo struggled to stop Melbourne defender Ryan Papenheisen as he battled for a goal in the final few minutes of the first half.
After the injury, Harris-Tavit was under the supervision of physiotherapists at the Warriors goal line for almost two minutes. He then rejoined the action and efforts of his team in defense to play all 80 minutes in which he never missed a selection, although his team was eventually defeated by a score of 70-10.
NRL injury analyst and physiotherapist Brian Blue welcomes Harris-Tavit’s ability to endure such pain as “the hardest attempt in 2022.” He believes the Warriors midfielder probably felt significant pain when he fought.
Harris-Tavit’s injury is another unpleasant setback for the Warriors before their clash in the eighth round against Canberra on Saturday. The team has already lost Carran and Vatene-Zheleznyak Valley due to injury, and support for Aaron Pene has been disqualified.
Cody Nicarimo is also unavailable after a positive test at Covid, and signing for off-season Ash Taylor is missing indefinitely, meaning Sean Johnson is the only known playmaker still working. However, Dejarne Asi was signed on Tuesday, and this week he was included in the extended bench.
The Christchurch-born star held his first training session with the Warriors on Thursday and is set to make his debut this weekend.