Duo hurt in blow to Blues

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - PETER BADEL

NSW’S hopes of win­ning the Ori­gin de­cider took a hit last night with Blues duo Tyson Frizell and Josh Du­gan suf­fer­ing fresh in­juries in the Dragons’ shock 20- 10 loss to the Ti­tans.

Dy­namic Dragons back­rower Frizell ( back) and dan­ger man Du­gan ( corked leg) both failed to fin­ish the game in a dou­ble in­jury blow that has ram­i­fi­ca­tions for NSW’s stocks for Ori­gin III on Wed­nes­day week.

The NSW side for game three at Sun­corp Sta­dium is named Mon­day, but Frizell and Du­gan will both face med­i­cal checks as the Dragons were left to rue a night of pain at Cbus Su­per Sta­dium.

Frizell, who car­ried rib and an­kle in­juries into the Ti­tans clash, left the field in the 45th minute with a back com­plaint, while Du­gan hob­bled off eight min­utes later with a lower- leg con­cern.

Dragons coach Paul Mc­Gre­gor said it was too early to tell if the key NSW duo would be on deck for the Blues’ shot at Ori­gin glory in the Sun­corp de­cider.

“I don’t know, they still have 10 days, but I’m more wor­ried about our club and the play­ers them­selves rather than rep footy,” Mc­Gre­gor said.

“We lost ‘ Friz’ and ‘ Duges’ through the game, Friz had an an­kle and a rib in­jury and now he’s got an­other one.

“Duges had a cork and got an­other knock on that and the young kid on de­but ( boom prop Blake Lawrie) got knocked out.

“It’s a dif­fer­ent in­jury for Friz, it’s his mid- back. He was able to come back on but was limp­ing out there so to put him back on wasn’t the right thing to do for his wel­fare.

“We’re pretty busted at the mo­ment ... we only fin­ished with one on the bench.”

Be­fore 13,140 fans at Robina, Du­gan’s Ori­gin cen­tre co­hort Jar­ryd Hayne pro­duced his sec­ond straight mas­ter­class, set­ting up two tries as winger An­thony Don stunned the Red V with a hat- trick.

It was a dis­ap­point­ing dis­play by the Dragons, who trailed 10- 4 at half­time and rarely looked likely in at­tack as halves Gareth Wid­dop and Kurt Mann strug­gled.

Af­ter start­ing the sea­son in red- hot form, the Dragons could fin­ish the week­end in sev­enth place and have been plunged into a des­per­ate bat­tle for fi­nals berths.

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