Oliver Gildart reveals he played Grand Final with BROKEN WRIST
The centre revealed for the first time he played nearly all the game with a broken wrist.
And the 24-year-old says he was so hurt by the title-decider - which Saints won 8-4 with a last-second try - he has not watched it back.
In the hours and days after the final, it was reported Gildart (below) had played with a suspected broken thumb.
But he revealed: “I’d broken my thumb the previous year and literally one minute into the game, my first tackle, I got an elbow directly onto it - my thumb swelled up and I thought i’d broken it again.
“It was only when I went for the scan a couple days later, it showed my thumb had been badly bruises – but I’d broken two bones in my wrist!”
Gildart, back in pre-season training and targeting a World Cup spot in 2021, continued: “The final affected me personally a lot longer than it normally does so it’s good to get back with the boys.
“I’ve never been as rattled by a game, I’ve still not watched it back.
“I watch all my games back to see how I’ve played personally, what I cold have done differently, but that one I couldn’t bring myself to watching it. I was in a bit of a bad place, mentally and physically draining – it stuck with me for a while. It’s the worst I’ve felt after a game.”