The Sydney Roosters have had a horror start to their match against the St George Illawarra Dragons, losing Victor Radley and Sam Verrills to likely season-ending knee injuries.
The pair both went down without being touched with Radley, who many believe was destined for a NSW Blues jersey, rushing up to make a tackle before falling to the ground.
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He was quick to clutch his knee with the awkward looking injury looking bad despite walking from the field.
“He’s in some trouble,” Braith Anasta said in commentary. “The Roosters have been on a golden run but this puts a spanner into the works. The first little hiccup in the last month, they’ve been faultless.”
In a lighter moment, Radley stood up to get a jacket after the injury and hit his head on an open cupboard, laughing at the moment.
Victor Radley also smashed his head in a rough night.Source:FOX SPORTS
Simultaneously, Verrills went down with his injury running up to the line with his knee buckling despite no hands being laid on him.
On first diagnosis, both tore the anterior cruciate ligament in their knees.
“How quickly can a season change,” Anasta said. “Robbo can’t believe it, Craig Fitzgibbon, they’d be devastated.”
Warren Smith said: “I can’t remember seeing a game where two players from the one team have suffered ACL injuries.”
Smith added that there was “no give of the turf, and no one could lay any blame on surface here tonight in either of those situations”.
Along with the Dragons’ Jacob Host also pulling his hamstring pre-match, it’s been a costly night on the injury front.
Late drama for the Dragons. Jacob Host has done his hammy in the warm up, with Korbin Sims coming in. #NRLRoostersDragons
Smith said, to which Anasta agreed: “While it is a bit varied in patches, again, I couldn’t attribute anything I saw in regards to the injuries to the playing surface I’ve seen tonight.”
But reports are the players aren’t happy with the surface, while the ground has had an incredible amount of traffic for a three-week period.
ELEVEN games in 22 days. That’s the amount of traffic poor ol’ Bankwest will have copped by Sunday night …
@sydneyroosters Have complained to officials about the playing surface even before half time! Could be more ground switches before end of weekend #NRL #NRLRoostersDragons
Injuries. Intent. Playing surface. All factors.
But lay down your weapons @NRL_Dragons fans, you got yourselves a contest. #NRLRoostersDragons
After a series of injuries in the match between the Sea Eagles and Tigers last week, fans were quick to point to the surface.
Sorry to the ground staff at Jubilee. BankWest looks ordinary.
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