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Roosters five-eighth Luke Keary.

Roosters five-eighth Luke Keary says he won't give a second thought to what might or might not happen if halfback Cooper Cronk cannot play in Sunday's Telstra Premiership grand final against Melbourne due to injury but is confident he is up to the task if he needs to lead the team around if needed.

Keary starred for the Tricolours in their 12-4 preliminary final win  over the Rabbitohs at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night, taking control of the team when a shoulder injury reduced Cronk to basically an on-field coach in attack with the former Storm premiership-winner barely able to pass or kick.

If Cronk is ruled out Keary could play in the No.7 alongside someone like Ryan Matterson, or keep the five-eighth role but alongside a rookie half such as Sean O'Sullivan.

Either way it would heap plenty of extra responsibility on his shoulders but he has already shown he is up to the task.

"Obviously Coops had a shoulder injury so I just had to do a little bit more. We've prepared for it," Keary said after the win at Allianz Stadium.

"I knew what I had to do obviously. We were in front so I had to game manage, it would have been tough if we were behind.

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"I just kind of had to game manage and get some kicks away for him and try and drive the boys into a position to get good kicks away, basically that was it. We couldn't really run too many plays without him so kind of did what we had to do in the end."

Keary finished with 361 kick metres against the Bunnies – a personal season high . His next most was 209 metres which came in round 18 against the Titans – the one game Cronk has missed this season and the one in which O'Sullivan made his debut at halfback.

"Over four or five years now of playing, I feel confident in myself that I can do that on these occasions," he added.

"If I couldn't do that I'm not really doing my job they brought me here to do. I'm confident in myself I can do that if it needs to be done."

There was a point late in the first half that Cronk, by then already favouring his left shoulder, went to take a penalty kick for touch but handed the ball back to Keary when he realised he couldn't raise his arm properly to take the kick. That was the moment Keary realised he would need to step up.

Cronk injured

"Yeah I was a bit worried when he asked me to kick for touch to be honest!

"I didn't know how bad it was til he asked me to kick for touch," Keary laughed.

Keary praised Cronk's resilience in battling on for the team and continuing to put his body in front of ball runners when needed despite his discomfort.

"I just knew he wouldn't let us down. It didn't really matter what was wrong with him, you just knew he was still going to turn up," Keary said.


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