Ronald Volkman was unperturbed about playing through the pain of a broken finger in the One New Zealand Warriors’ solid 24-12 11th-round NRL win over Canterbury Bankstown on Friday night.
The 20-year-old suffered a compound fracture of the ring finger on his left hand when attempting to make a tackle in the first half.
With blood from the wound dripping down his thigh, he had it strapped straight after Addin Fonua-Blake’s 24th-minute try and then took the kick-off moments later before turning on some heroics with his match-clinching solo try in the 66th minute.
One New Zealand Warriors head of performance Balin Cupples said Volkman had a surgical clean out of the injury in Sydney on Saturday morning.
With the Warriors having a bye this week, it’s anticipated Volkman will be available for selection for the club’s 13th-round match against Brisbane in Napier on May 27.
"It was just a little compound fracture on my [ring] finger on my left hand," Volkman told AAP after match.
"It was just in the mess of a tackle. I looked at my hand and it started bleeding. The bone came out, but I didn't want to look at it. I just strapped it back up, it's all good."
The injury had no effect on Volkman’s involvement in the match as he went on to play all but the last five minutes of the contest.
As well as his all-important first NRL try in his fourth appearance, he ran eight times for 50 metres, had two tackle breaks and an off load, made 19 tackles and made 89 metres from four kicks.
It was Volkman’s second appearance this season, his first coming in the memorable 32-30 win over Cronulla Sutherland.