Nervous wait for Kaufusi ahead of NRL grand final
LEAGUE: Bundaberg's Felise Kaufusi still does not know if he is going to play in his first NRL grand final tomorrow.
Named on an extended bench, with nine named, for the Melbourne Storm ahead of their match against Cronulla, coach Craig Bellamy has not let the players know what his final 17 is.
Talking to the NewsMail, Felise said he had not given him even a hint of what was going on.
"He's got a great poker face," he said.
"I'm just playing and training as if I'm going to play."
Despite being in the unknown, Felise has made sure he has enjoyed his week.
With plenty of media commitments for the team, players got a chance yesterday to have a day off in Sydney before the clash.
"It's been pretty exciting," he said.
"It's a big week the grand final and everyone has trained well during the week.
"Fingers crossed it all works out for me."
Despite having his full focus on playing, Felise said he had thought about not playing on the decider.
"Of course it's going to be disappointing if I miss," he said.
"I'm still going to be right there cheering the boys over the line though."
He is also proud of his season if it doesn't end in a grand final appearance.
"I reckon I've contributed well this season," he said.
"We've used 25-30 players this season and everyone has done their part to make it."
And the statistics back him up, with Felise part of 17 wins in his 21 appearances for the Storm with the forward gaining an average of just under 60m per game.
In a big weekend for the Kaufusi family, Felise also had a message for his brother Antonio who is doing a lap of honour after retiring from the NRL.
"It's well deserved (him getting a lap of honour)," he said.
"I'm extremely proud of him."
Felise will find out if he is in the final squad either today or early tomorrow.
The NRL grand final between Melbourne and Cronulla will start at 7.15pm tomorrow at ANZ Stadium.