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Price can't remember Origin fight

16/07/2009 01:40:11 PM Comments (0)

Steve Price says he can't remember the fight that left him unconscious during Wednesday night's third State of Origin rugby league match.

The veteran Queensland prop copped a right hand to the head from NSW front rower Brett White as the pair traded punches in the closing minutes of the NSW win at Suncorp Stadium.

Blues forward Trent Waterhouse was sent off for being the third man into the fight and faces a grade one contrary conduct charge after he took Price to the ground immediately after the punch connected.

Coming out of the Maroons' recovery session on Thursday morning, Price told the Courier-Mail his wife, children and mother had been shaken to see him taken from the field on the medicab.

"They were a bit upset about it," Price told the newspaper. "But it's just footy. Sometimes it goes that way.

"I'm alright, I've just got a fat lip.

"I was asleep for a while and when I started to come back I saw (the fight) on telly.

"The docs kept an eye on me overnight and my wife has been looking after me. too."

He did not want to comment on the action against Waterhouse.

"A few people have told me what happened but that's what the video match-review people are for," he told the newspaper

The Warriors were waiting for medical advice on whether their skipper Price would be able to play in their NRL match against the Sydney Roosters at the SFS on Sunday.

"It's just going to be something we have to monitor and find out a little more of," Warriors coach Ivan Cleary told NZPA.

"His condition and his availability, that's in the hands of the doctors."

Cleary watched the incident on television and admitted he wondered what his skipper was up to.

"I saw Pricey look to shape up and I thought, `What's he doing, nothing will happen there'."

When a replay of the actual fight was shown moments later: "I thought, `Oh no.'

"With all due respect to Pricey I couldn't imagine him going great in fight.

"It's pretty disappointing, but what do you do? You just hope he's alright."

Cleary agreed that he was surprised that Price was involved in a scrap, as it seemed out of character for him.

"I am really. I guess we'll hear the story about that later on."

Queensland medical staff began monitoring Price after the match, with team doctor Roy Saunders saying the player "copped a good concussion".

"We'll be keeping a very close eye on him for the next 24 hours to make sure nothing deteriorates."

Saunders said Price had not reported feeling any pins and needles in his arms or legs.

He was unable to say how long Price could be sidelined for but he would have to be in doubt for match against the Roosters.

"It depends how he recovers," he said.

"Everybody's brain recovers differently."

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