The Raiders have been dealt a double injury blow, with an “innocuous” tackle leaving skipper Joe Tapine in serious pain.
Tapine (ribs) and Ryan Sutton (head knock) both left the game on the stroke of halftime against the Panthers on Saturday night.
“Hold on, Tapine has just clutched at a rib. He’s in pain, he’s in big trouble Tapine, he’s taking big breaths.” Mick Ennis said on Fox League.
“I think he’s gone. (Yep) Tapine is off the field, in big pain… Tapine is not in great shape,” Voss said.
Tapine made it to the sideline before he went down on his knees in pain.
“He has buckled over on the sideline, this is a big moment in Canberra’s season, their form front-rower down on his haunches, it looks like he’s picked up a rib injury.” Ennis said.
“It was innocuous, he just clutches there, something just popped in the collision, maybe a rib cartilage.
Sutton failed his HIA after copping a high shot from James Fisher-Harris who was binned over the incident.
Penrith duo Dylan Edwards and Taylan May both appeared in pain but battled on in the second half.
MANLY VETERAN SIDELINED
Sea Eagles playmaker Kieran Foran suffered a hamstring injury in his side’s clash against the Eels in a brutal blow to the club’s finals chances.
The 32-year-old left the field with seven minutes remaining in the contest and was spotted by Fox League’s Greg Alexander.
“That is not a good picture, Kieren Foran sitting there with an ice pack on his hamstring,” Fox League’s Greg Alexander said.
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Manly coach Des Hasler conceded the veteran is unlikely to feature in Round 22.
“He has got a mild hamstring strain, so I don’t think he will make it next week,” Hasler said in the post-match press conference.
As it stands, the Sea Eagles sit four points outside the top eight and need all hands on deck if they want to make a late finals charge.
But now, Hasler will need to look elsewhere, potentially handing young gun Josh Schuster a chance to return at five-eighth.
Meanwhile, Fox League’s Lara Pitt confirmed Titans star Aaron Booth will be sidelined for an extended period after his knee dislocated.
X-rays revealed Booth suffered a small break in his leg, with scans tomorrow expected to show an ACL, MCL and PCL rupture.
MELBOURNE’S COSTLY BLOW
Melbourne’s injury crisis may have deepened with halfback Jahrome Hughes leaving the game against the Titans on Friday night with a shoulder complaint.
Hughes played out the first half but was assessed at half-time and Storm coach Craig Bellamy opted against using him in the second stanza.
“Jahrome Hughes will not be risked for the rest of this match, the Storm need to have his injured shoulder looked at,” Fox League sideline reporter Lara Pitt said.
“He’s with the physio in the sheds, the club telling me he simply had no strength in that shoulder, there were concerns he dislocated it in contact but it popped straight back in, so he’s going to have some scans tomorrow.”
Fox League caller Dan Ginnane said the injury could have huge implications on the finals.
“That is huge what happens there, they’ve got Penrith next week. Brisbane at Suncorp, the Roosters down here in Melbourne and then Parramatta,” Ginnane said.
“That is a brutal finish and top four is obviously no guarantee. It’s becoming a survival of the fittest this NRL (season).”
Read on for all the latest news in our NRL casualty ward.
INJURED IN ROUND 21
Jahrome Hughes (shoulder)
Aaron Booth (knee)
Kieren Foran (hoarding)
FULL CASUALTY WARD
Selwyn Cobbo (concussion) – Round 21
Albert Kelly (foot) – Round 22
TC Robati (arm) – Round 22
Herbie Farnworth (biceps) – indefinite
Semi Valemei (knee) – Round 21
Trey Mooney (ankle) – Round 21
James Schiller (ankle) – Round 22
Harry Rushton (jaw) – Round 25
Jarrod Croker (shoulder) – season
Josh Hodgson (knee) – season
Harley Smith-Shields (knee) – season
Paul Alamoti (cheekbone) – Round 21
Ava Seumanufagai (calf) – Round 21
Raymond Faitala-Mariner (ribs) – Round 21-22
Corey Allan (groin) – Round 22
Corey Waddell (suspension) – Round 25
Luke Thompson (concussion) – indefinite
Jack Hetherington (shoulder) – season
Billy Tsikrikas (knee) – season
Dale Finucane (suspension) – Round 22
Royce Hunt (shoulder) – indefinite
Jack Williams (shoulder) – season
Sione Katoa (pectoral) – season
Joe Vuna (knee) – indefinite
Shallin Fuller (leg) – season
Sean Keppie (shoulder) – Round 21
Ben Trbojevic (head knock) – Round 21
Tom Trbojevic (shoulder) – finals/World Cup
Karl Lawton (knee) – season
Jahrome Hughes (shoulder) TBD
Jack Howarth (shoulder) – Round 21
Will Warbrick (quad) – Round 21
Tepai Moeroa (shoulder) – Round 22
Nick Meaney (shoulder) – Round 22
Trent Loiero (back) – indefinite
Ryan Papenhuyzen (knee) – season
Reimis Smith (pectoral) – season
Christian Welch (Achilles) – season
George Jennings (knee) – season
Bradman Best (thumb) – Round 21
Kurt Mann (quad) – Round 22
Kalyn Ponga (concussion) – indefinite
Lachlan Fitzgibbon (shoulder) – indefinite
Chris Vea’ila (leg) – indefinite
Bailey Hodgson (elbow) – season
Dylan Lucas (pectoral) – season
Kyle Feldt (hamstring) – Round 23
Jordan McLean (hamstring) – Round 24
Mitch Dunn (knee) – season
Heilum Luki (knee) – season
Haze Dunster (knee) – season
Ray Stone (knee) – season
Mitch Moses (finger) – Finals
Eddie Blacker (hamstring) – Round 21
Mitch Kenny (knee) – Round 21
Stephen Crichton (ear/concussion) – Round 21
Kurt Falls (leg) – Round 21
Mavrik Geyer (thumb) – Round 21
Jarome Luai (knee) – Round 25 finals
Nathan Cleary (suspension) – Finals
Peter Mamouzelos (wrist) – Round 24
Hame Sele (hamstring) – Round 25
Michael Chee Kam (thumb) – Round 25
Campbell Graham (cheekbone) – indefinite
Jed Cartwright (hamstring) – indefinite
Liam Knight (knee) – season
Jacob Host (shoulder) – season
Cody Ramsey (knee) – Round 22
Jayden Sullivan (shoulder) – Round 23
Mikaele Ravalawa (hamstring) – Finals
Moses Suli (ankle) – Finals
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Siosiua Taukeiaho (cheekbone) – Round 22
Lindsay Collins (concussion) – Rounds 24-25
Billy Smith (knee) – season
Sitili Tupouniua (knee) – season
Bayley Sironen (eye socket) – Round 21
Aaron Pene (illness) – Round 21
Jack Murchie (Staff) – Round 21
Jesse Arthars (quad) – Round 22
Chanel Harris-Tavita (knee) – Round 22-23
Ben Murdoch-Masila (elbow) – indefinite
Jazz Tevaga (shoulder) – season
Luke Garner (neck) – Round 21
Tommy Talau (knee) – Round 21
Stefano Utoikamanu (wrist) – Round 24
Luke Brooks (calf) – Round 24
Jackson Hastings (leg) – season
Alex Twal (concussion) – season
Shawn Blore (ACL) – season