Kiwis wing Tuivasa-Sheck cleared of broken leg

DAVID LONG IN LONDON
Last updated 07:05 25/11/2013
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INJURY BLOW: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck suffered a suspected broken leg in the Rugby League World Cup final.

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Kiwis star Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has been given the all clear after an x-ray on his right leg showed no broken bones. 

The winger was limping badly after the dramatic 20-18 Rugby League World Cup semifinal win against England yesterday.

Overnight in London the Roosters star, who has scored eight tries at this tournament, found out his fibula wasn't broken.

Tuivasa-Sheck was feeling more comfortable the day after the game and, while he'll be assessed each day, the Kiwis medical team are reasonably optimistic that he'll play in the final, which starts at 3.30am Sunday morning (NZ time).

Manu Vatuvei is expected to be back from a groin strain for the final, but Frank Pritchard is still in doubt with a hamstring problem.

The good news on Tuivasa-Sheck came just hours after an incredible end to the semi-final at Wembley which saw Shaun Johnson score a dramatic last-second try.

Naturally, the side were ecstatic afterwards, but the team's third winger, Jason Nightingale, says the World Cup holders aren't content with simply making the final against Australia.

"The night was about enjoying it, but every day afterwards will be about building towards the final at the weekend," Nightingale said.

"We did a good job to get this far, but in our eyes we set the expectations pretty high and just getting to the final isn't good enough."

Nightingale was in the thick of the action in the last 90 seconds of the game, when the Kiwis moved the ball 90m to score and like so many of the other Kiwis players, he says it was a game he'll never forget.

"It was definitely one of the toughest games I've been involved in," he said. 

"They played at a high level and they were tough to stop.

"Credit to us for the way we stuck in there, but for a lot of that game, especially in the second half, it felt like it wasn't going to happen.

"We knew we had a bit more go forward to them at the end of the game and that if we kept running hard we'd give ourselves opportunities down that end of the field.

"We had better line speed than them at the end of the game and that's what gave us the opportunity.

"But there was definitely a bit of doubt that crept in because of the way they were playing."

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