Cryotherapy, ice baths and no beers – it’s probably far removed from the pre-game rituals of his father’s rugby league days, but it’s how Curtis Sironen believes he’s finally managed to get on top of his injury woes.
With dad Paul watching from the stands, Sironen marked his 100th NRL appearance on Saturday with a try-scoring double as Manly romped to a 30-12 win over Gold Coast.
It’s fair to say Sironen’s path to that milestone has been tougher than most.
After debuting at the Wests Tigers as a teenager, injuries have been a recurring theme in Sironen’s career including a pectoral tear (2017) and a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (2018) in his first two seasons at Manly.
Sironen’s injury woes have been so bad he reckons there are 50 to 60 matches left behind in the treatment room on his way to game 100.
Now 25, Sironen has placed himself on a booze ban in 2019 – the latest in a line of personal rituals that includes osteo-chiropractic treatments, cryotherapy and ice baths that he undertakes to ensure he is as fit as possible every week.
“It’s something that I’ve given a crack and, it sounds like it’s pretty easy, but it can be easy to go out and have a few with the boys,” Sironen said. “It does take a toll on your body.
“Everyone’s different. Some of the boys can go and do that and they’re sweet but, for me, I think it’s something that’s working.”
It certainly worked against the Titans, with Sironen crashing over in the eighth and 27th minutes to set the Sea Eagles on their way to victory.
“It means a lot. There’s been a lot of ups and downs. Last year was really tough watching another full season out – it makes it all the better,” he said.
“I just want to make sure I’m healthy each week; that’s the most important for me – just playing every game. That’s my goal at the moment.”
Newcastle inflict more pain on Brisbane
Anthony Seibold has vowed to persevere with his spine experiment despite Brisbane’s disastrous performance in its 26-12 NRL loss to a David Klemmer-inspired Newcastle at McDonald Jones Stadium.
After being pegged as pre-season top four contenders, the Queensland glamour club could be in the bottom four by the end of the weekend following their third straight loss.
Seibold rolled the dice on Saturday when he moved playmaker Anthony Milford to fullback in a positional swap with Darius Boyd, but the bold gambit failed to have its intended effect.
The Knights ran roughshod over the Broncos in the first half led by Klemmer who put in a typical five-star performance in his return from a three-week lay-off from a fractured wrist.
NSW prop Klemmer turned in a Herculean opening stint, playing the first 49 minutes before finishing with 196 run metres and 26 tackles.
“He was outstanding. To be out for a month and play the first 50-odd straight and lay a good platform for us was really pleasing,” said Knights coach Nathan Brown.
– with AAP