OH NO, TU RBO
STAR’S SEA SON IN DOUBT HORROR INJURY PUTS MANLY
BRONCOS 24 SEA EAGLES 14
MANLY and the Blues copped a massive blow last night as Tom Trbojevic was helped from the field with suspected knee and ankle damage placing him in doubt for the rest of the season.
The star fullback limped off in the 65th minute of the loss to Brisbane and will have scans upon returning to Sydney today.
Trbojevic suffered the injury when he was tackled by David Mead while trying to reel in a bomb which had bounced. He lost possession in the incident, which led to a Brisbane try to kickstart their late surge to victory.
Manly coach Trent Barrett said the rulebook needed to adopt a commonsense approach and penalise players for tackling opponents in the air even if the ball has bounced.
“He is pretty badly hurt. He could be gone for the year, I don’t know,” he said.
“Not only has it cost us the game, it’s cost us one of our best players.
“The ankle is the main concern.”
The young fullback was sensational until that point and was outplaying his op- posite, Darius Boyd. After he left, the Sea Eagles fell apart and they lost what had looked a sure win.
The much-hyped Origin showdown between Daly Cherry-Evans and Anthony Milford degenerated into a fizzer as the Broncos produced a great escape.
In the ultimate game of two halves, the Broncos overcame a first-half siesta, fighting back from a 14-0 deficit to dispose of Manly before 44,127 fans.
The battle between Cherry-Evans and Milford for the Queensland No.6 jersey was touted as the centrepiece of the second instalment of the double header. But when the dust had settled, neither submitted an emphatic case to be a Maroon if champion pivot Johnathan Thurston (shoulder) fails to recover.
Unless Corey Norman produces a blinder today for the Eels against the Roosters, Cowboys pivot Michael Morgan deserves to be on standby for Thurston for the Origin opener.
Cherry-Evans showed some nice touches to help Manly to a 14-0 lead, but with the game on the line he disappeared quicker than David Copperfield as the Broncos surged.
Milford, meanwhile, also produced a mixed bag, lacking penetration in the first half before playing with more surety after the break to help the Broncos to their fifth consecutive victory.
If anything, both were overshadowed by pint-sized Kodi Nikorima. The Broncos half ignited the fightback, setting up Milford’s 44th-minute try before scoring the solo try that gave the hosts a crucial 18-14 lead 14 minutes from full-time.
It wasn’t a win for the ages but the Broncos are the masters of hanging tough. When Corey Oates crossed for his second try five minutes from the siren for a 10-point break, the plucky Sea Eagles were shot.
Manly rocked the Broncos with a three-try blitzkrieg to start the game.
Trbojevic used his 100kg frame to barge over. Then, hooker Apisai Koroisau caught Brisbane napping with a dummy-half snipe.
And when Jorge Taufua crossed after the Trbojevic brothers, Tom and Jake, combined in midfield, the Broncos were down 14-0.
Tom Trbojevic clutches at his knee after the awkward fall last night. Picture: Getty