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Lawrence a winner after long road back

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by lsz, Mar 17, 2016.

By lsz on Mar 17, 2016 at 10:06 AM
  1. lsz

    lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    Prop Brenton Lawrence might not have been on the right side of the scoreboard on Monday night but he walked off Leichhardt Oval a winner.

    Lawrence made a very successful return to the NRL in the Sea Eagles loss to the Wests Tigers. As much as the result might have hurt him, it was nothing compared to the pain he experienced last season.

    Having joined the Sea Eagles in 2013 after two seasons at the Gold Coast Titans, the former Mackay junior enjoyed a stellar season in 2014, resulting in earning a Prime Minister’s XIII jersey and talk of higher representative honours.

    Lawrence’s trademark speed, leg drive, and power, made him one of the game’s best props that season.

    However, after just one game for Manly last season, Lawrence underwent back surgery, an operation that could not only affect his playing career, but life after football.

    “I had a degenerative disc in my lumber spine. When they (the surgeons) go in, they take it out and replace it with a prosthetic one really. It is a full process to recover from and to go through. It is quite an invasive surgery,’’ Lawrence recalled today.

    “It is a long process. You have to understand that from the word go that it is not going to take a couple of weeks like any injury might.

    “There were a few (setbacks) where I probably thought I was on target to get back (to playing) a lot quicker. It is not until you start to really improve that you really understand you are ready to go.”

    Lawrence’s hard work on the road to recovery saw him returned late last season for a few games for the Sea Eagles in the NSW Cup competition. There were calls from supporters to reinstate him into the NRL side as the team tried to make the finals.

    In hindsight, Lawrence was glad he didn’t return to the top grade.

    “I don’t think I would have been right mentally or even physically towards the back end,’’ he said.

    “I needed to have those games at the end of last year to help me with this year. As much as I wanted to play first grade, I don’t think I would have been ready.”

    Having played in the Auckland Nines and round one of the Intrust Super Premiership, Lawrence was promoted to the Sea Eagles side for the clash at Leichhart Oval.

    Coming off the bench, Lawrence was one of the Sea Eagles best and has kept his position in the team for Monday night's clash against Cronulla Sutherland Sharks at Brookvale Oval.

    “I was happy to get through it feeling well physically. I think even towards the end of my playing (days) before the surgery, I wasn’t feeling good within myself. I knew I was breaking down,’’ Lawrence said.

    “To get through (the Tigers game) feeling strong, I was really happy with that.

    “It was nice to do my job. I train hard to be someone who can make big efforts and contribute to the game.

    “You spend a lot of time thinking about that moment (of playing again). Through the recovery every time I was doing something with the rehab guys or on my own, I was thinking about getting back on the field and that was what I accomplished the other night after the surgery. It meant a lot to be out there.

    "I want to be a leader of our pack and make sure we move forward in a positive light. We are a new side and we need to find a bit of composure and structure around each other. I want to contribute to that."

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    Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by lsz, Mar 17, 2016.

      1. Stuey Davis Socks

        Stuey Davis Socks Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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        Great article and good to have BJ back and firing. Now for some other forwards to put in the same effort. Let's hope he continues to prove the hierarchy wrong and cements his place for the longer term.
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        • robbiea

          robbiea Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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          Stay healthy all season Champion..As I stated months ago ,If close to top form ,there is no reason why he can't be one of our top forwards this year.
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          • Bearfax

            Bearfax Well-Known Member

            +4,505 /128
            And to think along with Buhrer and Symonds that he was one of the forwards Manly were looking to sell off. And what for? Brown, Green, Myles, Api. Love you Fulton, but some of your interpretations of player worth are a little off centre dont you think.
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            • Chip and Chase

              Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

              +8,575 /80
              He showed up some higher profile recruits last round. Good player, if only he could learn to pass he'd go to the next level.
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              • BOZO

                BOZO Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                Major back operation . I thought he was finished as many are after major back problems but he proved me wrong. The guy is incredible. Inspirational.
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                • robbiea

                  robbiea Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

                  +2,567 /79
                  One nice offload on Monday !
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                  • globaleagle

                    globaleagle Je saisis mon chapeau. Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

                    +13,307 /117
                    I really hope he continues doing well.

                    I'm a big fan. I think he has character/heart in spades.

                    And by spades I mean truckloads.

                    No those tiny trucks either.

                    But those big ones they drive out in the mines!
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                    • Rex

                      Rex Well-Known Member

                      +2,376 /60
                      I remember 2 beauties
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                      • Budgewoi Eagle

                        Budgewoi Eagle In for the long haul. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor 2017 Tipping Competitor

                        +5,817 /82
                        Of all our players ..... I love him best! He's not only a great player but a man of really great values.
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                        • The Who

                          The Who Well-Known Member Premium Member

                          +7,247 /173
                          Yep. He has become my favourite, too. And to think there were reports he'd signed with Easts.
                        • qldeagle

                          qldeagle Well-Known Member

                          +1,230 /51
                          BJ is a fair dinkum legend. If we could bottle his drive and motivation I'd slip it into all the other player's drink bottles.
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                          • manlyfan76

                            manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                            Back operations are so advance to what they were five years ago. The success rates are climbing, five years ago it was around 50%
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                            • Dee Why Eagle

                              Dee Why Eagle Well-Known Member

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                              More power to you BJ. I think the mark of a man is how he reacts to a work situation where he is ostensibly not wanted or surplus to requirements. I was there once & received unexpected support for my response.
                              If we loose you it would be our loss!
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                              • Fluffy

                                Fluffy Well-Known Member

                                +5,615 /203
                                everyone loves a good BJ
                              • Dee Why Eagle

                                Dee Why Eagle Well-Known Member

                                +476 /5
                                i heard that too
                              • Cameron

                                Cameron Cambo

                                +669 /35
                                I think people love a quick BJ too and this one is definitely fast.

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