Souths al­ready count­ing the cost as in­jury curse strikes again

Townsville Bulletin - - Bizfi Nd -

IT took less than 40 min­utes of the 2011 NRL sea­son for South Syd­ney’s pack to be dec­i­mated by in­jury for the sec­ond year run­ning.

Star English­man Sam Burgess rein­jured the shoul­der he had surgery on in Novem­ber and luck­less prop Scott Ged­des suf­fered a sus­pected rup­tured Achilles ten­don be­fore the half­time hooter had sounded at the Syd­ney Foot­ball Sta­dium. Ten min­utes af­ter the break, lock Ben Lowe limped off, leav­ing the Rab­bitohs just one fit man on the bench.

It made their fight­back af­ter be­ing down 28-6 to the Syd­ney Roost­ers early in the sec­ond half all the more brave, be­fore they ul­ti­mately went down 40-29. Burgess went un­der the knife af­ter in­jur­ing his left shoul­der dur­ing last year’s Four Na­tions tour­na­ment, spend­ing nearly three months in re­hab.

Ged­des has man­aged just 113 games as he en­ters his 10th sea­son with more than half of his ca­reer wrecked by a suc­ces­sion of se­ri­ous in­juries. He played just 12 games in yet an­other in­jury-marred year in 2010 and looks likely to miss all of 2011.

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