Dragons forward Jeremy Latimore was forced to hitch a ride on a motorbike to make it to his milestone match against the Cowboys in Wollongong on Friday.
Traffic heading into the city was chaos after a fatal multi-vehicle accident on Friday afternoon, with southbound lanes around Mount Keira overpass closed for more than six hours.
Stuck in traffic, the front rower made the decision to abandon his car on the wrong side of the road and hitchhike to WIN Stadium for his 50th appearance for the club.
"There was a tragic accident and it threw a spanner into the works for a few of the Sydney boys," Latimore told Dragons.com.au after the match.
"I moved about 400 metres in half an hour, so I decided to leave my car on the side of the highway on the M1."
After ditching his car on Mount Ousley, Latimore was helped by two different motorists, and felt like "Clay Morrow from Sons of Anarchy" as he arrived at the stadium on the back of a bike.
"I've crossed the medium strip and jumped in a car heading towards Sydney and gone Towradgi, and it still wasn't really moving," he said.
"So I saw a guy on a motorbike and asked him for a lift, Ricardo. And Brett - he picked me up on the side of the highway - two legends and they got me to the game about five o'clock.
"All is well that ends well, but I wasn't feeling great while I was sitting in the car, and I was a bit rattled, but ... the adrenaline I felt when I got on the back of that motorbike.
"I'm not really a motorbike rider, but I looked like Clay Morrow from the Sons of Anarchy, but that's about where it starts and finishes."
St George Illawarra ended up fighting back from 10-nil down to trump the Cowboys 22-14 in a gritty victory.