Casualty Ward Round 7: Titans lose Peats and Copley

All the latest injury news leading into round seven of the 2018 Telstra Premiership.

Brisbane Broncos

Scans on Matt Lodge’s ribs are due back Tuesday morning ahead of Brisbane’s team announcement, after he played through a suspected cartilage injury against the Warriors. Kodi Nikorima is expected to return from a thigh injury against the Storm. 

Jordan Kahu (jaw, round 9-12)
Andre Savelio (knee, season) 
Matt Gillett (neck, round 16-18)
Matt Lodge (ribs, TBC)
Kodi Nikorima (thigh, round 7)

Canberra Raiders

Second-rower Joe Tapine has been fined for tripping Parramatta forward Kenny Edwards. If he pleads guilty early Tapine will pay $1,100 or if he fights the charge and loses, it will cost him $1500. Either way he is free to play South Sydney on Saturday.

Charlie Gubb (groin, round 9)
Josh Hodgson (knee, round 18)
Sam Williams (knee, round 11)

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Aiden Tolman (ankle, round 13-15)

Cronulla Sharks

James Segeyaro (concussion, round 7)
Sione Katoa (broken jaw, round 7)
Jayson Bukuya (groin, round 7)
Paul Gallen (knee, round 11-12)
Andrew Fifita (knee, round 7-10)
Wade Graham (hamstring, round 8-11)
Luke Lewis (cork, round 7-8)

Gold Coast Titans

Hooker Nathan Peats suffered a fractured rib midway through the first half against Penrith and did not return. Garth Brennan has ruled both he and Dale Copley (hamstring) out of this week’s clash with North Queensland.

“Peats won’t play,” Brennan said.

“He’s got a fracture to his rib and the timeframe is unknown. It could be one week and it could be six weeks.

“It is how about how it is going to respond with the healing and pain side of things but Peatsy is pretty tough so I don’t imagine it will be long.

“Copley has a hamstring strain so he might be one or two weeks.”

Jai Arrow (back spasms) is tipped to be fit. Morgan Boyle (head knock) will have to pass concussion protocols after a head clash with Bryce Cartwright in the pre-game warm-up.

Ryan James (suspension, round 7)
Jai Arrow (back spasms, round 7)
Dale Copley (hamstring, round 8-9)
Nathan Peats (ribs, indefinite) 

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

Curtis Sironen (knee, season)
Kelepi Tanginoa (knee, season)
Jorge Taufua (collarbone, round 12)

Melbourne Storm

Sandor Earl is closing in on a comeback from knee surgery, well ahead of schedule. The 28-year-old winger ruptured his ACL in the pre-season and there were initial fears he may not play at all in 2018 but told melbournestorm.com.au he is aiming for Round 17.

Jahrome Hughes (shoulder, round 8)
Dale Finucane (thumb, round 9-11)
Cheyse Blair (knee, round 7-8)
Sandor Earl (knee, round 17)
Will Chambers (suspension, round 7)

Newcastle Knights

Tautau Moga (knee, season)
Mitchell Barnett (suspension, round 7)

Connor Watson (shoulder, round 10-12)
Nick Meaney (ankle, round 13)

North Queensland Cowboys

Shaun Fensom (leg, round 7)
Kane Linnett (pectoral, round 13)
Jordan McLean (foot, round 16)
Josh Chudleigh (knee, season)

Parramatta Eels

Jarryd Hayne (quad, round 7-9) 
Greg Leleisiuao (ankle, round 7) 
Brad Takairangi (eye socket, round 10)
Nathan Brown (ankle, round 8)

Penrith Panthers

Winger Josh Mansour copped a head knock after colliding with Anthony Don’s knee as the Titans winger was trying to retrieve a Kane Elgey kick. Mansour is set to undergo surgery on his cheekbone once swelling subsides, with Dallin Watene-Zelezniak pushing to come back from his own fractured jaw as early as this week.

Halfback Nathan Cleary told Fox Sports he expects to start running next week, and is hoping for an early return, possibly round 10 or 11. Tyrone Phillips is well ahead of schedule in his return from a pectoral injury but Tyrone May (knee) has been delayed another month.

Waqa Blake (ankle, round 14)
Tyrone May (knee, round 9)

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (jaw, round 7-8)
Tyrone Phillips (pectoral, round 7-8)
Nathan Cleary (knee, round 10-11)
Tim Browne (bowel, indefinite)
Sam McKendry (knee, season)
Josh Mansour (cheekbone, indefinite)

South Sydney Rabbitohs

Sam Burgess (suspension, round 7)
Tyrell Fuimaono (dislocated toe, round 14)

St George Illawarra Dragons

The Dragons have a stomach bug doing the rounds of the club at the moment, with Tyson Frizell, Nene MacDonald and Jason Nightingale among those laid up by the illness, as well as a couple of staffers.

None are in any doubt for Friday’s clash with fellow high flyers the Warriors.

Sydney Roosters

Sio Siua Taukeiaho has been cleared of surgery after follow-up scans on the pre-game knee injury that ruled him out of last Thursday’s loss to the Rabbitohs. He will miss two weeks at most with damaged cartilage.

Daniel Tupou (pectoral, round 13-15)
Sio Siua Taukeiaho (knee, round 8-9) 

Warriors

James Gavet (hamstring, round 8)
Blake Ayshford (back, indefinite)
Gerard Beale (leg, round 9)
Nathaniel Roache (neck, season)
Leivaha Pulu (foot, TBC)
Solomona Kata (ankle, round 9-10)

Wests Tigers

Russell Packer (knee, round 10)
Elijah Taylor (hamstring, round 7)

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