SEA Eagles co-captain Jason King has opened up about his verbal stouch with Souths enforcer Sam Burgess that helped lift his side in their gutsy 14-12 win over the Rabbitohs last Friday
It may have been King’s comeback game after 10 months on the sideline after a shoulder reconstruction, but the former State of Origin prop showed no signs of stage fright as he confronted Burgess in what was a big moment.
“It’s all part of the game, it’s all good fun,” King said yesterday.
“I don’t know what I said, I don’t really know what he said.
“It was just a few guys doing their best trying to get a win for their club representing their members and supporters as best we possibly can.”
King said rugby league was a physical contact sport played by men.
“Hopefully that never changes and we are just out there both fighting for the win,” he said.
It was a big assignment for King’s comeback, going head to head with the physical Burgess brothers inspired pack.
“They gave it to us and we tried our best to give it to them and we were lucky enough to come away with the two points on Friday night,” King said
And he is just happy to back in the action once again after so long on the sidelines. .
“It was just great to be back among my teammates and out of the rehab group,” King said.
“To have a long term injury on the back of a long term injury was very frustrating.
“But it’s a team sport, it is not really about me.
“It was important for me not let my frustrations affect the team and I am very proud of the season the boys had last year.”
King said he will be better off for the in Sunday’s game with Parramatta at Brookvale
“I know what I have to work on and improve so I will work on that this week,” he said.
“And be in better mental state than I probably was last week in terms of your nerves and apprehension about your injury and that type of thing playing your first game back from such a long lay-off.