Swain keen to keep streak alive

Brisbane's rugby league ironman Richard Swain is determined to keep his streak of 146 consecutive games alive against the Bulldogs in Sydney on Friday night.

The durable Kiwi hooker limped off ANZ Stadium with an ankle injury during yesterday's 36-16 win over the Storm, the club that dumped him, and his prospects of playing in five days looked grim. But x-rays today cleared him of any bone damage instead revealing a sprain high in the ankle.

The NRL's leading tackler for the past two seasons has not missed a game since his days with the Hunter Mariners in the Super League for whom he played 14 matches in 1997.