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Back-rower Ryan Simpkins, initially left out of the 17 but suddenly called up minutes before kick-off with Zeb Taia's injury, talks to Titans TV.

The local junior had to prepare just in case this rare circumstance happens, and was on the field doing the warm-up when he saw Zeb called to the dressing room and was given the instruction that he was playing.

He takes fans through his journey and the disappointment of losing in such dramatic circumstances last night in his first NRL finals appearance.

Acknowledgement of Country

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