Parramatta skipper Clint Gutherson played the NRL Grand Final with a 'BROKEN hand'

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Clint Gutherson played Grand Final with a ‘BROKEN hand’, as Parramatta skipper reveals why he was ‘extremely proud’ of Eels despite crushing loss to Penrith 

  • Penrith thrashed Parramatta 28-12 in NRL Grand Final at Accor Stadium
  • Eels skipper Clint Gutherson played the decider with a broken hand
  • Parramatta’s 36-year wait for a premiership will go on until next season at least
  • Penrith are only second team in NRL history to win back-to-back premierships 

Parramatta captain Clint Gutherson reportedly played the NRL Grand Final with a broken hand on Sunday night.

So desperate was the fullback to help the Eels end their 36-year wait for a premiership, that he took to the field at Accor Stadium with thick strapping around his left hand.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the Eels skipper suffered the injury two weeks ago but was determined to play in the club’s first Grand Final appearance in 13 years.

Parramatta skipper Clin Gutherson played the NRL Grand Final with a broken hand

Parramatta skipper Clin Gutherson played the NRL Grand Final with a broken hand 

‘Gutho will play it down, but he’s got a break there and I guess that was how much he wanted to win,’ a Parramatta club source was quoted as saying by the Daily Telegraph.

Unfortunately for Gutherson, his bravery went unrewarded as Parramatta were comprehensively beaten 28-12 by a peerless Penrith side which delivered an almost perfect performance. 

The Panthers raced out of the blocks to take an 18-0 lead with barely 30 minutes on the clock and never looked back, becoming only the second team in the NRL era to win back-to-back premierships.

The Sydney Roosters triumphed in 2018 and 2019 against Melbourne and Canberra respectively, while Penrith beat South Sydney 12 months ago.

The Eels skipper wore a thick black wrapping on his left hand on Sunday night (above)

The Eels skipper wore a thick black wrapping on his left hand on Sunday night (above)

Gutherson scored Parramatta's first try as the Eels lost 28-12 to Penrith at Accor Stadium

Gutherson scored Parramatta’s first try as the Eels lost 28-12 to Penrith at Accor Stadium 

Speaking to Channel Nine after the final whistle, Gutherson, who scored his team’s first try, admitted the crushing loss had been ‘disappointing’ but paid tribute to the Panthers.

‘Look, they were outstanding. We gave them way too much ball there in the first half and I think we made 110-120 more tackles than them in the first half,’ he said. 

‘You can’t do that to a quality team.

We stayed in it until the end. It is disappointing. It is a hard feeling to explain. But that’s footy. Someone has to lose and unfortunately it was us […] Nathan [Cleary] was just putting the ball wherever he wanted.’

Speaking after the game, Gutherson said he was immensely proud of his team despite the loss

Speaking after the game, Gutherson said he was immensely proud of his team despite the loss

The Parramatta skipper, however, insisted he was ‘extremely proud’ of his team, despite failing to break the 36-year premiership hoodoo. 

‘It was a rollercoaster this year for us,’ he said.

‘It is everyone’s goal to get here. Unfortunately we couldn’t get the result we wanted.

‘But credit to them. They were outstanding. We have got to watch them get their rewards now.’

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