How a baby almost cruelled Friz’s Origin
Tyson Frizell showed in Sunday night's Origin II victory that he can take anything Queensland can throw at him. The only problem is when it comes to his seven-month old son, Axton.
On Sunday morning, only nine hours before kick-off, Frizell was playing with Axton at the team hotel, The Westin, when he shifted the wrong way and his neck went into spasms.
NSW physiotherapist Liz Steet worked intensely on Frizell for most of Sunday to have him ready by game time.
Even by warm-up though, Frizell still had doubts whether he would play.
The Blues coaching staff even took the step of informing 18th man, Ryan Matterson, he may be thrown into the game late.
Axton and Frizell's wife's Samantha visited the Dragons forward on match day.
Frizell's toughness, and Steet's magic hands, allowed the Blues firebrand to play the match, where he played a key role and scored a bullocking try in the 20th minute.
It was only an hour before the game when Frizell finally declared himself a starter.
"I was playing around with him (Axton) and throwing him in the air and I must have hurt it," Frizell said.
"I didn't know too many people knew about it but my neck seized up and I wasn't sure how it was going to pan out during the day.
"It's something that's happened before but I've never had it on game day so it was a matter of getting it sorted.
"At the start I wasn't (worried) but getting closer to warm-up (I was).
"I pulled myself out of the team walk and games so it didn't get worse. The physios looked after me so I ended up being right.
"I'm not sure if Freddy talked to 'Matto' (Matterson) or he got told that he could play but I got through it.
"(I had) plenty of heat and massage. It wasn't a big issue … I had to get my head around it and get out there and play."
And play he did.
Frizell offered up yet another powerful and aggressive performance during NSW's sparkling 38-6 win.
NSW officials claim Frizell is "made for Origin."
While teammates are aware of his hard attitude, Samantha isn't so sure.
"She thinks I'm a wuss. She has him (Axton) 23 hours a day and then I get injured playing with him," he said.
Frizell has insisted he will play for St George Illawarra against North Queensland on Friday night.