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Mat Rogers hoping to be fit for NRL semi

By Laine Clark 14/09/2009 06:58:34 PM Comments (0)

When Mat Rogers woke up in an ambulance on Saturday night, he quite rightly wondered how he got there.

And when the veteran Gold Coast Titans pivot found out on Monday, he would have been forgiven for wishing he hadn't.

Rogers admitted he was still "a bit shady" from a heavy head knock suffered late in the Titans' thrilling 40-32 NRL finals loss to Brisbane at Skilled Park.

But he was confident of taking on formidable Parramatta in Friday night's must-win semi-final at Sydney Football Stadium.

However, after finally watching the footage of his ugly fall, Rogers could understand why people might have their doubts about his fitness.

Rogers was knocked out cold when he landed head-first trying to field a kick in the dying minutes of the Titans' loss.

Even a hardened campaigner like Rogers found it hard to watch.

Asked what he thought when he saw it, Rogers deadpanned: "That must have hurt.

"But it didn't hurt at all, because I didn't feel it - I went straight to sleep.

"That's footy. You get a few bumps. I will be right to play next week."

As confident as Rogers was, medical staff won't give their final verdict until Thursday.

"I was a bit shady yesterday. I still have a bit of a headache, things are moving a bit slower than usual," Rogers said.

"I am pretty confident I am OK.

"(But) if medical staff say I am operating a bit slower and not doing things normally by Thursday they will probably pull the pin on me."

Much was made of Rogers lying prone on the ground as play continued on Saturday night - just as Broncos prop Dave Taylor grabbed the match-sealing intercept try.

Titans trainer Trevor Gillmeister was crouching next to Rogers while screaming for the game to be stopped before Taylor stormed over.

But both Gillmeister and Rogers baulked at whether the referees' inaction cost the Titans the match.

"When I went to him, he was out. I am no doctor so that's why I called the other (medical) bloke over," Gillmeister said.

"That's why I was trying to get the game stopped, they didn't hear me obviously.

"I was disappointed (the game wasn't stopped). I think he (Rogers) would have at least been in a position to make an attempted tackle but that's fish and chip paper now.

"But that wasn't the only turning point. It's hard to pinpoint one little thing."

Rogers added: "I didn't know how I got in the back of the ambulance so I didn't even know about the play not being stopped - I have just seen it now.

"The severity of the injury wasn't known to the referee and the play was away from me.

"Life goes on. They were leading anyway. It wasn't as though they snatched the game from us."

While Rogers may still be a bit groggy, Titans coach John Cartwright could be the next to nurse a headache ahead of the Eels clash with William Zillman back from a four-match ban for biting and centre Brett Delaney returning from a hamstring injury.

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