Cayless to give hamstring the ultimate test
Eels skipper Nathan Cayless is desperate to play in Sunday’s grand final against the Melbourne Storm, so much so that he is willing to risk tearing his hamstring in a fitness test before the big game. <br><br>“Later in the week ill do a fitness test and ill give it a real good workout,” the Eels prop admitted on BigPond Sports Weekend.<br> <br>“I’m really going to give it a hammering… for about 40 minutes or an hour. If I get through that session and get through the team run then I’ll go into the game with a lot of confidence.<br><br>“If there’s a chance that it’s [the hamstring] going to go again… I’d say I’d tear it in the fitness test.<br> <br>“I definitely don’t want to risk doing it early, [in the grand final] it’s just not fair on the other guys.”<br><br>Cayless suffered the injury in Friday night’s win over arch rivals the Bulldogs. <br><br>The Kiwi international limped from the ground fearing an end to his premiership dream. However, scans have revealed that the injury may just be a twinge or minor tear which he could overcome to lead his side this weekend. <br><br>“I haven’t had much sleep since the game on Friday night, [I’ve] just been icing the leg up.<br><br>“[I’m] just trying to do as much as I can to get out there next Sunday.”<br><br>Cayless revealed he will commit to a strenuous week of physiotherapy as well as follow some handy simple tips from a fellow front-rower.<br><br>“Ive spoken to Ben Cross, he was good enough to give me a call yesterday.<br><br>“He tore his hamstring in the preliminary final and went on to play in a grand final seven days later. <br><br>“He just gave me a few tips on what he did [so] I’ve been trying stick to those.” <br><br>Cayless spoke of his side’s unbelievable mid-season turnaround, which has taken Parramatta all the way to the first week of November.<br><br>“It’s all a bit surreal at the moment… every time it gets mentioned on the TV that we’re playing in the grand final next Sunday it’s very surreal.<br><br>“We’ve really played with a lot of confidence and really enjoyed our footy and backed the style of play that we’ve been doing… so far it’s been pretty good.”<br><br>The Eels will be praying their inspirational captain can lead them in the biggest game of the year, their premiership aspirations may just depend on it.