Warriors second-rower Sione back on the Lousi
It has been a rollercoaster few years for Sione Lousi, the man the Warriors players call "Cee".
The sight of him scoring the opening try against the Raiders in Canberra last weekend was a rare one - not because of his lack of ability but because of injuries which have meant he has barely been on the field.
Lousi, 24, has played in just 37 games since his debut against the Titans in 2010.
In 2012, he featured in all but two NRL matches for the club but any momentum he had from that year was ruined when he missed the entire 2013 season after rupturing the ACL in his right knee in a trial game against the Titans.
Again this year, he has been hampered by injury,
He tore both hamstrings in pre-season and then reinjured his knee. He has since had an operation to remove damaged cartilage.
Then, when he finally did make it back, he was suspended for three weeks, in April, for a dangerous throw charge on a Wests Tigers player.
The incident happened in the 11th minute of the Warriors' 42-18 win over the Tigers.
Lousi though is unfazed.
"I have had a bad run of injuries and a suspension this year but that's just footy and I have just got to get back on the bike and get my spot back."
He credits his bigger brother Sam and and another team-mate Ben Henry for keeping him sane during a long rehabilitation period.
"[Sam and I] push each other to do our best. He has been the same. He has been unlucky with injuries. It's just the way it's go. We still live at home together. I would like to say he is my best friend. He probably thinks different. We basically hang out a lot together."
Lousi spent three weeks back in the reserve grade recently getting his fitness back and said Warriors coach Andrew McFadden would each week give him something to work on.
"Obviously it paid off," he said.
Lousi expects a physical confrontation against the Sharks.
"Cronulla are a dangerous side. They are playing with nothing to lose. I have to get my role right for the team and do my best defensively."
- Sunday News
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