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Wounded Cleary and ‘Tommy Turbo’ to be rested from NRL duties

“I didn’t feel any concussion or anything like that, it felt fine, but then I felt all this warm stuff just coming down my face,” Cleary said.

Referee Gerard Sutton said he told Nathan Cleary twice to stop the bleeding before sending him off. 

Referee Gerard Sutton said he told Nathan Cleary twice to stop the bleeding before sending him off. Credit:Getty

“I put my hand up and it was all this blood. I wasn’t sure how bad it was. Our trainer came out and put Vaseline on it, but it kept bleeding. I had to change jerseys.

“It didn’t affect my vision. It just wouldn’t stop bleeding.”

NSW doctor Nathan Gibbs confirmed there were no fractures, and Cleary wanted him to speed up the stitching process so he could rejoin his teammates to discuss tactics at half-time.

“While I was spending five or six minutes with him into the half-time break, all he wanted to do was get with the team and start talking tactical stuff,” Gibbs said. “Obviously being a playmaker that’s what he does, but there was a lot of blood.

“But once we put the painkiller in it helped stop the bleeding.”

Cleary finished with a face only a mother could love – and his mum Bec confirmed the saying applied in this case.

“Absolutely,” “a relieved Bec Cleary told the Herald.

“I was glad it was only a cut and he had not done any damage to his cheekbone. I was super proud of the boys. The Penrith boys were awesome.”

Penrith tough ... Nathan Cleary had to change jerseys.

Penrith tough … Nathan Cleary had to change jerseys.Credit:Getty

Cleary’s halves partner Jarome Luai said of his mate’s flesh wound: “He’s a tough cookie. He’s a big boy. He was saying it was just a scratch. We’ll take his word for it.”

Ivan spoke to his Penrith players via phone, but did not appear overly concerned about Nathan’s facial injury.

“Dad just said how pumped he was obviously for a few Panthers boys debuting and how well they went – he was just a happy dad and a fan,” Cleary said.

“He’s a proud New South Welshman. He was actually raving on about Tommy Turbo [Trbojevic] a lot. I can’t blame him. His feel for the game is the best I’ve ever seen.”

Coach Brad Fittler has stuck by Cleary, whose big-game credentials were again questioned in the lead-up to the Townsville clash.

“He’s a good kid, he plays the game well, he tries really hard and puts a lot into it,” Fittler said of his halfback.

“He’s a really good advocate for the game. He’s a young bloke, he’s had some things to deal with [in his career] that won’t go away, but he listens.”

Maroons forward Jai Arrow, who chased Cleary midway through the first half when he thought the playmaker had kicked him in the head while trying to get back to his feet, said Queensland needed to do more to shut him down at Suncorp Stadium.

“Nathan was tremendous, he pulled our pants down, with the form he’s been in at club level, we wanted to take his time away, but we didn’t do that, we let him play,” Arrow said.

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