Asked about his injury, Addo-Carr said: “I’ve been doing everything I can to try to get back. You’ve obviously got to start at 60 or 70 per cent and I think it’s been three weeks now. I’ve got up to 95 per cent and the physio reckons I’m in a good spot.
“I’ve done the exact same injury way back in 2018. I knew at the time and I felt a short, sharp pain. I didn’t think too much of it.”
“I’m guessing there’s going to be a few sore bodies coming up next week in the Panthers side.”
Storm stars recounted the toll of losing in week one of the finals, which preceded a grand final qualifier loss to the Roosters in 2019. They gathered in their team room to watch Penrith’s thrilling win in Mackay, no doubt relishing the fact it was such a physical contest.
“Sitting back and taking my player cap off for a minute and just being a fan and watching that game, it’s good to see low-scoring affairs are still in there,” fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen said. “It was a brutal game.
“I’m still pretty sore from the other day. After what we saw last night, it was a bit of bash-up. We prepped like we were playing and had a little match simulation. It’s just not that physical side of it.
“You’re still ticking your legs over, but you’re not doing the travel and it’s a nice freshen-up. You can probably see it as a bit of advantage, but the body is just a little bit fresher.”
Said Smith: “I’m not so sure I enjoyed the bashing, but I did enjoy the game though. It was a cracker. I’m guessing there’s going to be a few sore bodies coming up next week in the Panthers side.”