The NRL’s fiercest rivalry between the Rabbitohs and Roosters has come at a cost as both teams count injuries suffered in their latest clash. After the Roosters’ nail-biting 20-18 victory over the Rabbitohs, star centre Joey Manu has been charged with a grade two careless high tackle, with the potential of a two-match ban. Manu was caught in a fiery melee, resulting in the Rabbitohs’ Michael Chee Kam also being fined for his involvement. Meanwhile, the Rabbitohs lost prop forward Shaquai Mitchell for an extended period due to a suspected broken foot, adding to their already depleting forward stocks.
Important Details about NRL Casualty Ward: Newcastle Knights crisis, Hame Sele stood down –
– Roosters and Rabbitohs both facing injuries and suspensions after their match
– Roosters’ Joey Manu facing possible two-match ban for high tackle on South Sydney’s Isaiah Tass
– Manu’s eye swollen, prompting fears of aggravated pre-season fracture
– Rabbitohs’ Shaquai Mitchell undergoing scans for suspected broken foot, could miss extended period
– Hame Sele first player to be stood down under NRL’s new concussion policy after category-one concussion
– Parramatta’s Jack Murchie fails head injury assessment, first player to undergo new concussion protocols, will need to meet with independent neurologist before playing again
– Newcastle Knights desperate for middle player to fill growing casualty ward, trying unsuccessfully to entice Kai Pearce-Paul from England
– Manly’s Tanela Paseka fined for tackle on Murchie, who also failed HIA and has category-two symptoms
The Rabbitohs and Roosters are Counting the Cost of a Growing Casualty Ward
The oldest feud in the NRL has come at a cost as the Roosters and Rabbitohs both reel from suspensions and injuries. The Roosters’ recent derby victory over South Sydney on Friday night saw star centre Joey Manu hit with the prospect of a two-match ban for his high shot on South Sydney’s Isaiah Tass. Manu has been hit with a grade two careless high tackle charge by the NRL match review committee. On the other hand, the Rabbitohs also have serious concerns for their playing stocks, with Shaquai Mitchell undergoing scans for a suspected broken foot, and Hame Sele ruled out for 11-days under the NRL’s new concussion protocols.
Roosters Struggling with Injuries and Suspensions
The Roosters are also facing their own injury crisis with Joey Manu out for potentially two matches after being hit with a grade two careless high tackle charge for his hit on South Sydney’s centre, Isaiah Tass. The Roosters will also have to wait for confirmation on Manu’s injury, having suffered a swollen eye – which may or may not be linked to a pre-season fracture.
Rabbitohs Dealing with a Growing List of Injuries
South Sydney is facing major concerns with Shaquai Mitchell undergoing scans for a possible broken foot, and Hame Sele ruled out for 11-days under the NRL’s new concussion protocols. The Rabbitohs are dealing with further injuries to already depleted forward stocks, losing Hame Sele early in their loss to the Roosters, and prop forward Jacob Host still out with calf problems.
The Growing Injury Crisis in the NRL
The injury crisis has hit the Newcastle Knights hard, with Daniel Saifiti set to join his twin brother Jacob on the sidelines after hearing “two cracks” in his shoulder during their loss to the Dolphins. Kurt Mann and Adam Elliott’s return date is still undecided, while Jayden Brailey and Jack Johns are hopeful to play the Raiders next Sunday. The Knights are desperate to find a player to help fill their significantly depleted resources worth $5 million.
Murchie Undergoes Tests after Tackle from Paseka
Manly’s Tanela Paseka will escape suspension for the grade one tackle on Parramatta’s Jack Murchie, but Murchie will undergo testing for concussion symptoms as he had reportedly failed his HIA. The Eels’ Matt Doorey has also come off the field with a knee injury, leaving the team on edge and hoping for positive news.
The NRL is currently dealing with a growing list of injuries, suspensions, and player withdrawals during the 2022 NRL season. This has put a significant strain on each club’s resources and has further highlighted the importance of prioritizing player health and wellness to ensure that rugby league players are fit for play and protected from further injuries.