Manly set for nervous wait on Tom Trbojevic as Des Hasler takes aim at officials after Eels loss

Home Sports Manly set for nervous wait on Tom Trbojevic as Des Hasler takes aim at officials after Eels loss
Manly set for nervous wait on Tom Trbojevic as Des Hasler takes aim at officials after Eels loss

Manly will have a nervous wait on their hands in the next couple of days, with gun fullback Tom Trbojevic taken from the field with a dislocated shoulder against the Eels.

The 25-year-old was in agony after a tussle in the in-goal area with Parramatta prop Makahesi Makatoa, and will undergo scans to reveal the severity of the injury.

Manly went down in a nail-biting affair on Friday night, with the Eels scoring a late try and Mitchell Moses adding the extras for a 22-20 comeback win at CommBank Stadium. 

But it was the injury to Trbojevic that was the major talking point, with head coach Des Hasler revealing the superstar fullback will be disappointed to suffer another injury. 

“Dislocated shoulder, I think we know that,” he said.

“We won’t be able to determine the extent of the damage until scans are done.

“He’ll be bitterly disappointed. He takes it very hard, he blames himself a lot.

“He is just having one of those runs at the moment, but he will bounce back.”

Trbojevic missed four weeks earlier this year with a knee issue, while his Magic Round performance against the Broncos was hampered by a corked thigh.

Sea Eagles captain Daly Cherry-Evans said while the injury is a tough pill to swallow for all involved, the side will need to get on with things when they take on Melbourne in Round 12.

“Everyone enjoys watching Tommy play – it doesn’t really matter who you are cheering for, you are cheering for the best players in the game to be out there,” he said.

“Unfortunately, Tom has been injured a few times recently and it has an impact on our side.

“We’ll get around him and make sure he is alright – but the reality is the comp keeps going and we’ll have someone need to step in there next week.”

Manly were on the wrong end of a 9-2 penalty count in their narrow defeat, with some controversial calls late in the game proving costly.

Sean Keppie was sin-binned for a dangerous throw in the dying stages, while Christian Tuipolotou was placed on report for a questionable high shot.

“It wasn’t high…it was a good tackle, it’s a brave tackle – they are called a try-saver,” Hasler said.

“The idea of the game is defence, the idea of a try-saver is to come up with big plays. It was a great play. It just adds to the disappointment of the result.

“Any bit of foul play that looks bad is going to be dealt with by a sin-bin or send-off. I’m tipping that the sin-bin will be sufficient there.

“Off the back of a 9-2 penalty count, they (Parramatta) got let back into the game I thought.

“A couple of them I can wear, a couple of stupid penalties we gave away. I thought some very dubious calls – a forward pass and the Gutherson kick chase, probably a metre offside.

“I’m sure Benny (referee Ben Cummins) will review his game.”

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