North Queensland Toyota Cowboys hooker Jake Granville insists his Hannibal Lecter-esque tape-up job made the facial cut he sustained in Round 6 look far worse than it actually was.
For the second weekend running the Cowboys dummy-half needed stitches following a head clash, but has reassured members and fans he is in no danger of missing Saturday night’s clash with the Titans.
“It’s not too bad, it probably looks a bit worse than it is. I’ve been on a bit of a roll [with facial cuts] the last couple of weeks so fingers crossed not this weekend.
“I got six stitches in this one. I think it was from a head clash with ‘Hessy’.
“I’ve copped a bit [about the tape-up job], there was a bit of Hannibal Lecter in that look. Our physio did what he had to do, but I was glad I didn’t have to play the second half like that.”
Assessing his own form in 2018, Granville said he is far from content, especially on the attacking side of the ball.
One of the most dangerous dummy-half runners in the NRL, Granville admitted he hasn’t challenged opposition defensive lines as much as he would like this season.
“I think I’ve been pretty steady. I could work on my attack a lot more, I don’t feel like I have run as much as I should,” he said.
“I’ll continue to work at that and continue to get as much help from the coaching staff as I can.