Kieran Foran, Corey Norman, Aidan Sezer, Blake Austin, Mitchell Pearce and Adam Reynolds. Six halves for varying reasons who did not see the full time siren in round one and boy does it highlight the need for depth at such a crucial position.
Kieran Foran and Mitchell Pearce didn’t even make the field but the other four suffered injuries that are going to impact their team, the lesser being Corey Norman as he is expected to be named for the Eels showdown with the Cowboys this week and his counterpart Kieran Foran is set to debut for the Eels and test out his dodgy hamstrings.
Pearce is suspended as we all know and the Roosters got pummelled by the Bunnies on the weekend and the untested halves pairing of Hastings and Nikorima struggled to match it with the Bunnies and found themselves on the end of 42-10 hiding. They face the Raiders this week who are without their starting halves Sezer and Austin and we know Sam Williams is the next man up for Canberra, but who will partner him in the halves?
Adam Reynolds has a broken jaw and his absence will be felt by the Bunnies because any shuffle they make to their halves won’t include John Sutton, as he is out for a prolonged period of time with a torn pectoral muscle.
Did I forget to mention this is only round one? With the changes to to the interchange rule, injuries are going to impact teams more now than ever before and what becomes even more pertinent is the strategy of who to play on the bench to cover for injuries and to make sure you have enough big men to take advantage of a tiring oppositions, especially early in the season when fitness levels aren’t as high but the temperatures are.
In an evenly balanced competition, injuries could be the catalyst for a make or break season, especially in the halves. You’d better have a plan B this year because at some stage you’re going to need it. Might even need a plan C…