ROCKY HORROR SHOW
LIONS SKIPPER INJURED AGAIN
TOM Rockliff’s horror run with injuries has continued after the Brisbane captain suffered three broken ribs in yesterday’s 22-point loss to St Kilda at the Gabba.
Rockliff last night confirmed from hospital he suffered significant damage in a collision at a stoppage 10 minutes into the match and will be sidelined for at least a month.
It is understood the injury is to the same three ribs he fractured in the Round 1 loss to Collingwood, which led to a punctured lung.
Rockliff has been in the wars this season, also being knocked out cold in the Round 5 defeat at the hands of the Gold Coast.
Yesterday he courageously decided to play out the game as a spate of injuries decimated the home side.
“I just can’t take a trick at the moment,’’ Rockliff told The Courier-Mail last night.
“The pain wasn’t too bad. I knew I had to stay out there because we had a few boys down.
“I have no idea how long I’ll be out for at this stage. I’ll be guided by what the doctors have to say.’’
Brisbane’s casualty ward was bulging post-match with Ryan Harwood (concussion), Jed Adcock (calf) and Claye Beams (knee) also nursing injuries while defender Darcy Gardiner was a late withdrawal with a calf injury.
Adcock, Beams and Gardiner are expected to miss Sunday’s match against GWS while Harwood should travel to western Sydney.
“We are down to a few,’’ Lions coach Justin Leppitsch said.
“Poor old Woey (reserves coach Shane Woewodin) … he’s going to have about six players next week.
“The one thing I’ll say is that I’m proud of the guys. We had to have a bit of a Band-Aid approach after halftime ... with a patched-up team we were able to compete to the end.’’
The injury toll, two homegrown heroes and a horror second-quarter combined to sink a battered Brisbane.
Queenslanders Nick Riewoldt (four goals, 10 marks) and David Armitage (31 disposals, 11 clearances and two goals) were outstanding for the Saints.
The Lions led by 28 points at quarter-time but St Kilda surged past them with seven goals to one in the second term.
Leppitsch said sloppy ground level defence, getting dominated at stoppages and turnovers killed the Lions.
Dayne Beams had a gamehigh 38 disposals while Lewis Taylor had 32 touches. Ryan Lester kicked four goals for the home side while ruckman Stef Martin had 25 touches and 31 hit-outs.
Daniel Rich was prominent in the first quarter but faded to finish with 18 disposals.