South Sydney Rabbitohs stars Jai Arrow and Cameron Murray sustained injuries during their team’s comeback win over the Gold Coast Titans at Robina on Saturday. Arrow suffered a syndesmosis ankle injury in the 21st minute and left the field on crutches and in a moon boot, making him doubtful for game two of the State of Origin series in Brisbane on June 21. On the other hand, Murray sustained a groin injury in the 52nd minute of the match.
Arrow feared the worst, saying, “I put it in a moon boot, but we will see the damage when I get scans. (The ankle) feels really jammed up at the back, and I did get told it is a syndesmosis but hopefully it is a minor grading. It is a bit disappointing, but happy we got the two points.”
The Titans took the lead early in the match, up 12-0 within 10 minutes and 22-16 at halftime, but the Rabbitohs rallied to post 30 unanswered points. The Bunnies had a handful of players vying for inclusion in the NSW side for the second State of Origin clash, which made for a dynamic match with thrilling moments. Alex Johnston scored a hat-trick of tries, securing his 178th career try and placing him fourth on the NRL all-time try scorers list.
Despite Tino Fa’asuamaleaui‘s impressive performance, the Titans have now lost five of the eight games where they have led at halftime, and this trend continued in Saturday’s match as the Rabbitohs outclassed them in the second half.
Arrow and Tom Gilbert will be unavailable for Queensland in game two of State of Origin, and Arrow’s injury will leave at least two vacancies in the Maroons‘ pack. Kennar was put on report for a late hit on Titans five-eighth Jayden Campbell, while Moeaki Fotuaika was put on report for dangerous contact on Koloamatangi’s leg.
Meanwhile, the New Zealand Warriors secured a 30-8 win over the Canterbury-Bankstown-Bankstown Dolphins in a captivating early kick-off match. The Warriors‘ halves, Shaun Johnson and Luke Metcalf, drove the team to victory with a second-half barrage. Johnson got two tries, the second of which was a mesmerising run, and from the restart, Metcalf outran everyone to score his try under the posts.