Jakes Trbojevic is NSW Blues’ most important player, says Des Hasler


“He takes the pressure off everybody. He’s like that extra service at second receiver so Cody Walker and James Tedesco can just wander the field.

“He was a conduit who not only controlled the middle but controlled the whole game. Jake set everything up, which took the pressure off Cody and Tedesco and Nathan Cleary.

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“Cody Walker had such a good game because he didn’t have to worry about setting plays up or organising because Jake did all that for him. He organises the whole side. Then he still had the time to come up with game-turning tackles.”

Trbojevic’s bone-rattling hits on Xavier Coates and Lindsay Collins in the space of three minutes last Wednesday night were as good as they come.

New Blues skipper and Trbojevic’s regular golfing partner James Tedesco said the pair, along with Damien Cook, often spoke about ways they could combine to try and dominate the middle.

“Jakey is the one with his hands on the ball off the short passes, he digs into the defensive line when he can and he doesn’t over-play his hand – when he needs to take a tough carry he does and when he needs to tip-on he does,” Tedesco said.

Tyson Frizell and Jake Trbojevic celebrate at the final whistle.

Tyson Frizell and Jake Trbojevic celebrate at the final whistle.Credit:Getty

“Everyone in this team knows how important he is, we all love him, he will do anything for these boys – on or off the field – and he just doesn’t stop. He’s been doing it years now.”

Trbojevic nervously giggled when told about all the praise, including the huge compliment from Hasler. He did not believe the coach’s hype was true until told three separate times by the Herald.

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“Des is a good man, he’s a great guy to play under, I love hearing the raps but I won’t take them,” Trbojevic said. “I don’t think we had a bad player the other night. Nathan’s kicking game was outstanding.

“I was actually nervous going into Adelaide having not played for so long. Normally you’ve played ten or 11 games and feel good going into Origin. I definitely felt better for the run in Sydney.”

Trbojevic’s younger brother Tom would have been in the Blues side had it not been for injury, while Manly teammate and Maroons skipper Daly Cherry-Evans will be out to break Jake’s heart – and Trbojevic has watched him first-hand do it to opposition teams countless times when the game is on the line.

“I know what a competitor Daly is, and when the game is on the line he wants the ball and more often than not he gets the job done,” Trbojevic said. “I’m lucky enough to have played along side him when there have been some tight games. He kicked his 21st winning field-goal this year [in round two]. He gets it done in the big moments.”

Hasler, who likened Trbojevic to former Maroons hardman Jason Smith, said the Blues had the better team, but needed the ”right temperament” if they were to snatch a rare Origin win north of the border.

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NRL 2020: State of Origin, Michael Morgan injury, Cowboys, Tom Trbojevic injury, Manly Sea Eagles, NSW, Brad Fittler


Cowboys star Michael Morgan has reportedly ruled himself out of this year’s State of Origin series, while freshly injured Manly star Tom Trbojevic has been urged to do the same as part of his “responsibility” to the club.

The horrific injury toll of this season has already had an effect on Origin with Broncos star David Fifita ruled out of the series after picking up a serious ankle injury over the weekend.

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Now, according to 7 News, Cowboys skipper and incumbent Maroons centre Michael Morgan has made the call to sit out of the series due to a shoulder injury that’s hindered him to just six games this year.

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“7 News understands Morgan has ruled himself out of the series due to a nagging shoulder injury,” reporter Chris Garry said on Monday.



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A halves crisis at Red Hill has become so bad the bumbling Broncos will pick a gun centre to play five-eighth as Brisbane aims to avoid their first ever wooden spoon.

Melbourne has been forced to “rest” a number of stars, while all eyes are once again on the Roosters and whether captain Boyd Cordner is able to take the field.

Here’s our comprehensive Round 20 NRL Team Tips.

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Trbojevic OK for NSW despite setback


Tom Trbojevic has declared he’ll be ready to go for NSW’s State of Origin series despite another injury setback.

Trbojevic’s NRL season is over after he injured a shoulder 62 minutes into his comeback from a hamstring injury against Gold Coast on Saturday.

The superstar fullback was hurt trying to stop Titans’ No.1 AJ Brimson, leaving him clutching his shoulder with his arm dangling by his side in the 42-24 loss.

Scans late on Saturday night ruled out the need for surgery with no rotator cuff damage or shoulder instability.

But there is an issue with his posterior shoulder, meaning he won’t play in the final round against the Warriors.

Despite having just over an hour of football under his bet since June, Trbojevic is confident he’ll be ready to face Queensland in the November 4 Origin opener in Adelaide.

“I definitely think I’ll be right,” the 23-year-old told the Nine Network’s Sunday Footy Show.

“It’s unfortunate that I haven’t got to play much footy this year but I’ll definitely be right to go.”

Trbojevic missed 14 games through injury last season, due to hamstring issues and a pectoral tear.

NSW coach Brad Fittler said despite his injury concerns, Trbojevic will be one of the first players picked in his 27-man Blues squad to go into camp on October 19.

“It’s official mate, if you stop sooking, you’re officially the first person in the squad of 27,” Fittler told Trbojevic on the Sunday Footy Show.

Trbojevic’s injury woe summed up the Sea Eagles’ sorry season.

Manly were genuine top-four contenders and considered dark horses for the competition when Trbojevic suffered his hamstring injury in round six.

Since then they have won just three of their past 13 while their defensive record is the worst of any Des Hasler coached side in 15 years.

Trbojevic’s brother admitted he loss of their star No.1 was a turning point.

“It’s tough. We get a lot of confidence from having him on the field,” Manly forward Jake Trbojevic said.

“Back in round six when we beat Canberra we were on top of the world … We lost Tom for 12 weeks and our season went backwards.

“He gives us so much confidence.”





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NRL 2020: Manly Sea Eagles vs Gold Coast Titans, live stream, live blog, live scores, SuperCoach, Tom Trbojevic, highlights


The high-flying Titans completely outclassed an error-riddled Manly pack to bag their fourth straight win and equal the club’s highest ever score with a 42-24 demolition at Lottoland.

All eyes were on Manly’s superstar fullback Tom Trbojevic who made his long-awaited return from a hamstring injury that has kept him sidelined since Round 6. It was a forgettable afternoon for Turbo, who besides an impressive chase, had a rusty return.

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NSW coach Brad Fittler will be sweating over Trbojevic who left the field with a shoulder “stinger” as the Origin series creeps closer.

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NRL improvers Gold Coast Titans defeat Manly as Sea Eagles ace Tom Trbojevic goes down injured



Tom Trbojevic sustained a shoulder injury in his long-awaited NRL return, as Manly went down to Gold Coast in a crushing 42-24 defeat at Brookvale Oval.

Playing his first match since June after being sidelined with a troublesome hamstring injury, Trbojevic was hurt attempting to make a tackle on Titans fullback AJ Brimson during the second half.

Brimson crossed for a try, with Trbojevic left with his right arm dangling by his side before he later departed the field.

Manly officials were initially hopeful the injury was only a stinger, but it comes at the worst possible time for Trbojevic.

Including Saturday’s loss, he had just two matches to impress New South Wales coach Brad Fittler before the end-of-season State of Origin series.

Trbojevic looked particularly rusty at the back on Saturday afternoon in both attack and defence, with two of his four errors coming after the shoulder injury.

His presence in attack helped Manly score one try as he drew in two defenders off the ball, while he also helped chase down Titans flyer Treymain Spry Sprei to deny him a 90-metre intercept try.

But on other occasions his injury lay-off showed, such as his failure to shadow a grubber dead that allowed Kevin Proctor to score and his fumbling of a poor Tevita Funa pass in the lead-up to another Titans try.

Regardless, the Sea Eagles were completely outplayed by the Titans, who posted their equal-highest score in their 14-year history.

The Titans have now won four straight matches for the first time since 2014. They are ninth on the ladder after being tipped by a number of commentators to collect the wooden spoon.

Brimson scored two tries, including an 80-metre effort that left referee Matt Noyen with an injured hamstring after Young Tonumaipea found his teammate from a 20-metre tap.

Tonumaipea also claimed a brace, making the most of a 60-metre intercept from Corey Thompson for his second.

Thompson finished the match off with a hamstring injury after earlier scoring a try, while Sam Stone and Spry scored the Titans’ other tries.

The result means Manly will finish the season with just one win from seven matches at its home ground Brookvale Oval.

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First Manly Sea Eagles, then State of Origin for Tom Trbojevic


He was the game’s highest-paid ballboy at ANZ Stadium last weekend when Manly beat Canterbury.

Hasler must have been tempted to ask him to skip the representative series, given the amount of time he missed this season, with the hope of having him fighting fit in time for the 2021 campaign.

Manly star Tom Trbojevic on ballboy duties last weekend.Credit:Getty Images/Cameron Spencer

“[But] aspiration is really important, playing Origin is certainly aspirational and inspirational for players,” Hasler said on Friday.

“It’s an Origin charter like no other. It’s basically a five-week camp and an extended squad is going to be important.

“Whether Tommy plays or takes the field isn’t important at the moment. It’s getting through the weekend and then tackling the rest later.

“If all goes well, you’d think he would come up for strong consideration.

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Des Hasler on Tom Trbojevic

“Players like Tommy, they’re footballers and want to play football. It’s what they work for. Tomorrow is a result from the fruit of his labours.

“He doesn’t have to break or set any records. It’s probably just working his way through and getting a good stint under his belt.”

Fittler, who was weighing up whether to head down to Brookvale Oval to watch Trbojevic live, told the Herald there would be no issues with ‘Turbo’s’ limited preparation.

“I’ll wait to be directed by the medical staff, they’ll know more than me, but Tommy has been training for a long time now,” Fittler said.

“As long as the doctors give him the tick and he gets through the next two weeks, he’ll be fine.

“He only had two games leading into the Perth Origin last year and he played pretty well. Having the 27-man squad will give us flexibility. And the beauty with Tommy is he can play wing, centre or fullback, so his versatility is a great trait to have.”

Players are expected to meet with the Rugby League Players Association to establish if training in the lead-up to Origin will count as annual leave. Players will be added to the Blues squad each week as teams drop out, but not enter the ‘bubble’ until October 19.

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Fittler also confirmed Blues players would fly in and out of Adelaide on the day of Origin I, and most likely from Bankstown.

Meanwhile, Manly prop Addin Fonua-Blake prepares for his last game at Brookvale as a Sea Eagle after making it known at the start of the week he wanted to move his family out of Sydney to link with a rival club. The Warriors remain the favourites for the Tongan wrecking ball’s signature.

“The individual is important, it’s about making sure they are happy,” Hasler said.

“From the human resource side, it’s not too hard of a decision. From a playing perspective, he is a talent and someone we will miss.”

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Trbojevic back for Manly and Origin push


Tom Trbojevic’s long injury lay off is finally over with Manly coach Des Hasler declaring he’d have no issue with the injury-plagued superstar playing State of Origin this year.

Trbojevic will make his long-awaited return for the Sea Eagles against Gold Coast on Saturday, almost three months after tearing his left hamstring for the third time in two years.

It will leave the 23-year-old two games to push his Origin claims, after scoring a hat-trick with similar lead in time for NSW in Game II last year.

Trbojevic is arguably the most important single player to any team’s success in the competition.

Without him, Manly’s season has spiralled out of control since, going from top-four hopefuls to winning just three of their past 12 games to miss the finals.

But Hasler said he would not stand in the way of the fullback pushing his body until mid-November.

“Aspiration is really important, playing Origin is certainly aspirational and inspirational for players,” Hasler said.

“It’s an Origin charter like no other, it’s basically a five-week camp and an extended squad is going to be important.

“Whether he plays or takes the field isn’t important at the moment. It’s getting through the weekend and then tackling the rest later.

“If all goes well you’d think he would come up for strong consideration.”

Nor did Hasler ever consider putting him on ice for the rest of 2020 once Manly’s season was shot.

Both the club and Trbojevic have sought expert advice from specialists at Australian Catholic University on how to manage the troublesome muscle.

The Sea Eagles had always insisted they would be cautious with the Manly junior, but would also return him once fit.

“Players like Tommy, they’re footballers and want to play football. It’s what they work for.

“Tomorrow is a result from the fruit of his labours.

“He doesn’t have to break or set any records. It’s probably just working his way through and getting a good stint under his belt.

“The position he is playing you can’t really dictate or manage how it’s played. He plays on instinct.”

Meanwhile Hasler said Addin Fonua-Blake’s request to negotiate with non-Sydney clubs had been in the works for some time with the powerhouse prop.

The Warriors remain the favourite to land his signature, but Hasler said Manly would not be rushed into finding a replacement with the depth in their squad.

“The individual is important, it’s about making sure they are happy,” Hasler said.

“From the human resource side it’s not too hard of a decision. From a playing perspective he is a talent and someone we will miss.”





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NRL 2020: Casualty Ward, Injuries, Curtis Scott, Tom Trbojevic, Jason Taumalolo, Canberra Raiders, NRL Round 19 news


There are concerns that Canberra could have to make their push towards the premiership without centre Curtis Scott.

Scott’s season could be over as a metal plate in his leg is making it difficult for the Raiders to ascertain whether he has suffered another fracture.

He is yet to start running and also yet to have a clear MRI scan as the plate from an injury at Melbourne four years ago is blocking vision.

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NRL teams Round 19, 2020: SuperCoach, every squad, injuries, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Jason Taumalolo, Kalyn Ponga, Tom Trbojevic


Roosters captain Boyd Cordner has been cleared of concussion but might not play again before finals.

The ridiculous curse over Newcastle’s No.9 jumper continues, while Cameron Smith will face off against his long-term replacement, Harry Grant, when the Storm host the Wests Tigers.

Read of for all your Round 19 team tips!

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