MANLY’s woes after last night’s bruising loss to Sydney Roosters have been compounded by the news that co-captain Jason King could miss the rest of the season.
Despite having a one-man advantage over Sydney Roosters for the final 10 minutes of Monday Night Football at Brookvale Oval, the Sea Eagles crashed to a 16-4 loss that ended nine years without a win on the northern beaches for the Bondi boys.
Geoff Toovey’s side is already without its talisman Brett Stewart until some time during the State of Origin series while and anterior cruciate ligament injury has ended back rower Joe Galuvao’s season.
Kite had been listed to return in round nine but that comeback has been abandoned.
“Kingy is going to have shoulder surgery and we’re hoping to have him back towards the end of the season,” coach Toovey told NRL.com
“You’ve got to wait for those things to settle down a little bit before you make the decision on surgery. We decided a few days ago.”
Asked if King would return for the finals or before, Toovey said: “We don’t know. We’re just hoping.”
The former NSW star missed the Sea Eagles last premiership campaign with a pectoral muscle injury and was also troubled by shoulder problems last year. King is contracted until the end of next season.
The Sea Eagles lifted their intensity at halftime last night but the tricolours staved off several waves of attack before hooker Jake Friend scored in the final two minutes to make the margin deceptively comfortable.
Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson said the bar for a send-off had probably been lowered by match officials since the fiery Manly-South Sydney match at Brookvale on April 26.
Robinson made the comment during the post-match media conference but then expanded on his thoughts significantly on radio.
“Maybe they might have changed since the Souths-Manly game,” he said. “Maybe they had a chat about it and maybe they’re a bit clearer about what is a send-off.
“Hopefully they are.”
Robinson later told Triple M NRL he had no doubt this had occurred. “I think that’s clear – I don’t think that was as bad as the spear tackles,” he said
“But they sent Jared off. So if they have talked about it, and they have changed it, let us know.”
Manly travel to Melbourne for their third consecutive Monday Night Football game, next week against the Storm.
BEST OF ROUND NINE: Penrith’s stunning upset with over Melbourne, who have tumbled from equal first to third in one feel swoop.
WORST OF ROUND NINE: No-one actually looks forward to the first send-off of the year, do they? Jared Wearea-Hargreaves got George Rose “on the button” and probably deserved his early shower.
WEIRDEST OF ROUND NINE: Kick-off being delayed at Skilled Park to get commentators Ray Warren and Phil Gould to the ground.
WHAT I SAW: Shattered Robbie Farah last to leave Wests Tigers’ sheds after Friday night’s heavy loss to Cronulla.
QUOTE OF ROUND NINE: “Some of the boys can’t believe we won. I’ve never beaten Melbourne – ever!” – Panther Luke Walsh
Filed for: NRL.com