Port Adelaide’s Xavier Duursma’s ugly hamstring injury mars 29-point win over Fremantle

Port Adelaide’s Xavier Duursma has suffered a major setback in his side’s 29-point win over Fremantle at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast.

In cruise control in the third quarter on the way to the 10.10 (70) to 6.5 (41) win, Duursma was running towards the 50 and kicked to a free man.

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While a smooth looking play, the next step saw Duursma immediately clutching his hamstring.

The 19-year-old was quickly ruled out for the match, while Fremantle’s Sam Sturt quickly followed with a lower leg injury.

Sturt did return to the field but came off due to the injury in the fourth quarter.

Duursma’s setback looked more serious however with the young gun struggling to walk to the bench to watch the end of the game.

Fox Footy commentator Gerard Healy said it looked pretty bad.

“It’s only a matter of how bad, that’s all,” Healy said. “Clearly it’s bad, but the question is how bad.

“It could be a tear, it could be his first one … but it looks significant.

“The real concern is whether he’s snapped a tendon or not. If he has, he’ll face surgery.

Nick Dal Santo added: “When you’re running at high speed like that and kicking and extending, you’d have to think it’s a bit more on the severe side rather than ‘wear and tear’.”

It was a tough moment in a good night for the Power under horrendous conditions with plenty of rain on the Gold Coast.

Port become the first non-Queensland team to win in the quarantine hub in the win, playing their first match since arriving in the Gold Coast hub.

Port’s win was established through a dominant second-quarter. Despite taking a six-point lead into the first break, the Dockers were washed away by the Power as a heavy shower lashed the ground.

Port kicked 5.4 to 0.0 to open up a 28-point halftime advantage, recording 22 inside 50s to just two by the Dockers in the second term.

Travis Boak was best on ground for the Power, with 26 disposals and a goal while Scott Lycett dominated the ruck with 37 hit-outs.

Ollie Wines marked his return from a suspension for breaching COVID-19 protocols with 25 disposals and a late fourth-quarter goal.

with AAP

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