The Gold Coast Titans have made club history with its biggest ever total in the NRL in a 42-24 win but it’s just the tip of the iceberg of Manly’s disastrous day.
The long-awaited return of Tom Trbojevic ended with 18 minutes remaining with a shoulder injury, having run around for several minutes with his right arm dangling by his side.
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It was a sad end to his afternoon in his return match from a serious knee injury.
Trbojevic ran straight down the tunnel after the Titans scored the try to go up 42-12.
Manly told Fox League it was just a stinger but he was taken from the field as more of a precaution.
In his press conference, Manly coach Des Hasler said he wasn’t sure how seirous the injry was but that it could be a rotator cuff although scans would be required tonight.
But it was an ugly look with Trbojevic‘s arm hanging limply by his side when not in possession of the ball and could potentially give NSW Origin coach Brad Fittler some worries as he admitted he would still pick Trbojevic for State of Origin, despite his return with only two games remaining.
“No, not at all (a concern),” Fittler told Nine‘s Sunday Footy Show last week.
“We come together on the 19th. Given the doctor situation we will have a good idea of how Tom is (Manly’s doctor is the NSW doctor).
“He‘s a very good player Tom, he is one of the best in the game. So if he is fit and healthy, he gets a start.
“We have a 27-man squad, so a lot will be determined over the next six weeks as well. See how he goes over the next two games.”
Post-match, rugby league Immortal Mal Meninga said it was “bad luck” and said the injury “looked like an AC”.
“They said it was just a bit of pins and needles but to me it looked like an AC,” he said.
“Looked more than that,” Michael Ennis agreed. “He looked in awful discomfort. It’s just such a shame, the whole conversation was the return of Tom Trbojevic. He’s a star, he’s a player that bring people through the gates. No doubt for the NSW staff, they’ll be on high alert but I didn’t think it look good.”
Ennis added that he was devastated about the injury and pointed to a try saver where he stopped a near certain try for Titans centre Treymain Spry
Cooper Cronk added: “It’s hard to tell, if it’s a shoulder injury and it’s significant, you come off straight away. We’ve got no idea what’s going on there. But for me, he played for 10 minutes, he was hampered but that’s a very good sign that it’s not a huge injury.”
Brother and Sea Eagles teammate Jake Trbojevic said “being his big brother, it’s hard to see how it is on him” as he continues to go through injury dramas.
The Titans were on fire throughout the match, equalling the club’s highest score, set in the 42-4 win over Parramatta in round 11 of the 2013 season.
But Manly would not give up easily.
After the Titans ran out to the 30 point lead, the Sea Eagles hit back with two late tries were unable to take it off the Gold Coast for another good win.
“The Titans fourth win in a row, they are a team on the rise,” Dan Ginnane said in commentary.
The side have a chance to equal the club’s best winning streak of five next weekend against the Newcastle Knights.
Manly finish off their season against the New Zealand Warriors.