Tom Trbojevic’s troublesome hamstring has let him down once more, with the Dally M Medal chief limping from the sector in Manly’s gutsy 14-6 NRL win over Canberra.
Trbojevic and Dylan Walker have been two of three Sea Eagles injured in the win, as the fullback limped from Campbelltown Stadium on Sunday in the 52nd minute.
Trbojevic injured the identical hamstring twice final yr, as soon as in the pre-season and in the early rounds which led to him lacking half of the 2019 marketing campaign.
Early analysis from the Sea Eagles urged their star fullback would spend round six weeks on the sidelines with the newest blow.
His damage headlined a tough afternoon for Manly on the damage entrance, with Trbojevic having a hand in each Sea Eagles tries in the primary half earlier than going off.
It got here, although, in one of many gutsiest wins in Manly’s historical past, after they’d simply two on the bench from the fourth minute and one for a lot of the second half.
Already with out Martin Taupau, Moses Suli and Jorge Taufua earlier than the match, they misplaced Walker to an ankle damage and Brad Parker to concussion in the opening levels.
Walker’s damage gave the impression to be a excessive ankle sprain, which can even seemingly outcome in him spending a while on the sidelines.
Lachlan Croker additionally performed on and impressed after a head conflict, making a sort out on his personal line from the subsequent play with blood spurting out of his eye socket.
And after main 12-Zero on the break, they nonetheless needed to combat off the Raiders in the second half with two second-rowers defending in the centres to complete the match.
One of these – Curtis Sironen – pulled off arguably the most-important play of the sport, placing Jordan Rapana into contact as he appeared to attain with 10 minutes to play.
Moments later, he once more shut down Jack Wighton on the final sort out, as Canberra once more had numbers on the left.
After Elliott Whitehead scored Canberra’s first strive in the 50th minute from some good palms from Wighton, the Raiders had their possibilities.
Jarrod Croker was denied, dominated to have knocked on when he got here down with a George Williams bomb simply wanting the road.
Manly kicked a vital penalty objective when Canberra have been pinged for offside on their very own line with 24 minutes to play to increase their result in eight factors.
Earlier, Trbojevic had Manly’s first strive in the 14th minute when he sliced by means of Canberra’s defence on the left edge and pushed his means over the road.
Just earlier than halftime, he put a ball on Tevita Funa’s chest for the winger to chop again in and go between two defenders to make it 12-0.