Souths already counting the cost as injury curse strikes again
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.