BRISBANE coach Anthony Griffin says an advertising hoarding was not to blame for the shoulder injury that has put in doubt the immediate playing future of Brisbane and England centre Jack Reed .
Reed slid into an advertising board on the eastern side of AAMI Park as his side was left with little chance of making the finals when they crashed 32-0 to the Storm, who snapped a two game losing streak.
The 24-year-old left the ground in a sling without commenting but Griffin said his condition was “not good”.
“It wasn’t the advertising hoarding, it was the way he landed,” Griffin said. “He’s landed on his bad shoulder, the one that got reconstructed, and he’s not good.
“He’s a tough customer; when he comes off, you know he’s hurt.
“We don’t know how bad it is; he’ll have some scans.”
Reed bravely played on for around 15 minutes despite the suspected dislocation and possible fracture. It’s another World Cup blow to England after five-eighth Gareth Widdop suffered a dislocated hip a fortnight ago.
Brisbane probably need to win six of their eight remaining games to make the finals.
“You never give up hope but it’s a long way off for us,” said captain Sam Thaiday.
“I thought we took a step in the right direction last week (against the Warriors) but we left that in New Zealand.”
Melbourne second rower Ryan Hoffman topped 20,000 metres for the club during the match. Captain Cameron Smith, back from an eye injury, addressed his men on match eve regarding their consecutive losses in recent weeks.
“We were all disappointed by losing two consecutive matches, particularly the one against the Tigers,” he said. “That was very unlike our club and the way we respond to things that go against us.
“They scored tries and we were looking for some easy options. It was more about forgetting what had happened … we played one up on the Gold Coast where we were pretty unlucky not to win the match without our Origin players.
“I just wanted a change in attitude from the boys. I wanted them to be more positive.”
Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy lauded the scrambling defence that repeatedly denied Brisbane what looked like certain tries. He said veteran five-eighth Brett Finch was “much improved tonight” .
“He’s been slowly and surely getting better each week but it was his best game by a mile tonight and hopefully he can keep getting used to the other players and keep improving.”
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