HE’S BACK: Orange’s Daniel Mortimer started for the Roosters in their win over the Rabbitohs on Monday night. Photo: GETTY IMAGESDANIEL Mortimer is not expecting to be in the Roosters’ 17-man squad for their round two NRL clash against the Panthers on Sunday.
This is despite helping the Roosters to a dramatic come-from-behind 24-20 win over the Rabbitohs on Monday night.
Mortimer was called into the Roosters’ starting line up on Monday morning after captain Braith Anasta was ruled out with a back injury.
The Orange product started the game at five-eighth and also picked up the kicking duties.
The 22-year-old kicked four goals from his four attempts and also made 27 tackles.
Still, he doesn’t expect to be on the field on Sunday when the Roosters play Penrith.
“I doubt I’ll play again this weekend,” Mortimer said.
“I think they want to stick with pretty much the same side. Braith will be back so I think I’ll be 18th man.”
But Mortimer isn’t too worried about that.
He was thrilled to make his return to the NRL after Parramatta relegated him to Wentworth Cup duties for the 2011 season.
“It was good to run out in the NRL again. I felt like I was debuting again,” Mortimer said.
He was originally going to be the 18th man on Monday but Roosters coach Brian Smith called him on Monday morning to tell him he’d be starting at No.6.
He was also handed the kicking duties.
“I was probably more nervous about kicking than playing,” he laughed.
Mortimer conceded the Roosters were lucky to down the Rabbitohs.
“We didn’t play as well as we did in the trials,” he said.
“The Bunnies played well. They smashed it up the middle quite a bit. We did well to hang on.
“Then we scored those late tries to get over them. The boys were pretty rapt to win.
“We probably didn’t deserve to win but we’ll take it.”
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